Several tasks have been keeping me away from regular blog posts but I am progressing with the two Westerfield Models B&O M-15 boxcar kits. After installing most of the brake components, I noticed something on the bottom of the side sill. Naturally, I became curious.
Here’s a closer look at that spot on the prototype. I had a hunch it had something to do with the brake system. I asked a few B&O freight car modelers and they were uncertain what it could be. Shortly after discussing the detail with B&O modeler and historian Ed Kirstatter, he found a diagram for the brake system and sent it along.
The diagram is drawn from the perspective of looking down through the floor. An arrow near the bottom of the diagram points to detail on the side sill, which is a fulcrum point for another brake lever. The hand brake rod components are attached to this lever to manually set the brakes. In many applications, the rod from the hand brake attaches directly to the lever at the brake cylinder, sometimes via a short length of chain. The B&O often did things differently and this is one of those cases.
Some styrene, wire, and a length of chain were installed to reflect the installation diagram. Now I can move forward to install the roof components so these boxcars can roll to the paint shop.
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