Archive for May, 2016

Road Trip

Thursday, May 26th, 2016
North Pacific Coast Railroad No. 12, Sonoma.

North Pacific Coast Railroad No. 12, Sonoma.

It’s been a busy month on the road to see younger family members receive their graduate and undergraduate college degrees. It was wonderful traveling from coast to coast and spending time with friends and family in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and California. I did squeeze in a little railfanning and I even got to ride Amtrak around the Horseshoe Curve!

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Operating Tags

Friday, May 20th, 2016
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Freight cars in service during an operating session.

Nearly one hundred freight cars are in service on the Wheeling Freight Terminal. Several of these are undecorated cars, or painted cars that have not had decals applied. To use these models in an operating session, they need a unique tag so crews can identify the specific car on the inventory lists.

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Upcoming RPM events

Friday, May 13th, 2016
Discussions underway at the Northeastern RPM event a couple of years ago.

Discussions are underway at the New England/Northeast RPM event a couple of years ago. Photo courtesy of Tom Murray from the NERPM 2012 photo gallery.

As we turn the corner to warmer months, several prototype modeler events are on the calendar. Check your schedule and grab a few friends to attend an upcoming prototype modeler event.

Just a few models on display at an RPM event.

Here are just a few of the models on display at an RPM event. Photo courtesy of Tom Murray from the NERPM 2011 photo gallery.

Mark up your calendar and choose a few models to display at the event. Consider taking your in-process work with notes on construction steps to share. Finished models are always welcome but the in-process work generates lots of conversations. Don’t miss an upcoming RPM event!

 

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Prototype Data Sheets – 3

Thursday, May 5th, 2016
DL&W Freight Transfer Yard, Scranton, PA, September 5, 1910. Photo B0663 DL&W Company Photo Collection, Steamtown NPS.

DL&W Freight Transfer Yard, Scranton, PA, September 5, 1910. Photo B0663 DL&W Company Photo Collection, Steamtown NPS.

It’s time for another prototype review for the upcoming Accurail HO scale 36-foot box car models. Four variations of the model are planned. Initial paint and lettering schemes were announced a couple of months ago. Ray Breyer has another summary covering prototype cars for each of the introductory models that will have fishbelly center sills and wood ends. Ray estimates there were more than 40,000 box cars with these features built to similar designs. The initial PDF data sheet is posted on a special blog page, Accurail Prototype Data.

One last data sheet is in the works to cover the remaining prototypes Accurail has announced for their 36-foot box car models. That will be posted this summer as the release date draws near for these new models.

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