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« Reply #60 on: Sep 13th, 2012, 8:24am »
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A quick note :
 ** As to what I have been posting. Old mantua horn hook and loop couplers work prerfectly for people who used them. They just like many European types dont look like the real thing. I dont compare these to current knuckle couplers or any other newer accepted way of doing things. * This post is for old timers like myself to see again and remember some of what was around in the 40's 50,s and early 60's. For younger people to see what was. As to the bent walkway . the metal used is very soft. Just picking up a car can cause the walkway to become bent. If you bend them straight they break. If they break you dont get to see them in a photo on a track. You get to see parts in a box. I learned that if you want to keep them you leave them alone.  
* Also most important, I do run these cars. They run just fine. When I look at real train car, do you notice all the dirty beat-up cars out there on trains. Maybe these are prototypical.  
* I know people with pristine HO models from this period.  Where are they?  Do they share photos of their equipment?  No to both.  They are collectors. They collect.  That is what they do. They buy, store, and try to remember, and talk about what they have.  What the ones I know do is share information. I show them a car and they say who made it and when.   To me that is very valuable.  I like that.
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 PS I Know what the word share means. I try. I hope others with these older trains will post photos here or someplace so I and others can see them again, or maybe for the first time.


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« Reply #61 on: Oct 1st, 2012, 7:40am »
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Does anybody remember Gilbert, the HO American Flyier. I have a tank car by them. about 1956.  
 Gilbert #500. Gulf, GRCX 5016. I would guess by the # 500, their one of their first plactic HO tank car using NMRA X2F style couplers. I have the old die cast metal one and also another plastic one #125 which has or had a very old style of Gilbert coupler used on cars before this one #500. My Old metal one is awaiting a new paint job.
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« Reply #62 on: Oct 1st, 2012, 7:52am »
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* Now Gilbert made all die cast HO train cars before WW2. Like I said I have a tank car. Also a reefer and caboose. all awaiting new paint and lettering. Now their is another a cast gondola. It came in a kit form and ready to run in train sets. The kits came in bare metal with decal sets, and painted black or tuscan with decal sets. I remember Lehigh New England in black and Pennsy in tuscan. I have the LNE. Lehigh and New England which was one of the factory decorated one and not a kit.
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« Reply #63 on: Oct 28th, 2012, 5:39pm »
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* Model Die Casting ;Low side metal gondola, ERIE #18892.
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« Reply #64 on: Oct 28th, 2012, 5:47pm »
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Ulrich; 40' gondola, drop bottom, Great Northern, # 75890.
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« Reply #65 on: Nov 4th, 2012, 6:35pm »
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My brother found this and sent it to me.  He thinks it's a Varney flat car from the 1950s.  It has a plastic body, steel fishbelly frame and honest to goodness sprung trucks.  
 
This one is lettered ATSF.  There's another for the PRR.


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« Reply #66 on: Nov 5th, 2012, 8:19am »
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My brother found this and sent it to me.  He thinks it's a Varney flat car from the 1950s.  It has a plastic body, steel fishbelly frame and honest to goodness sprung trucks.  
 
This one is lettered ATSF.  There's another for the PRR.

 
* It looks like a Varney to me. The sprung trucks are a nice touch.  
* Reminds me of a Varney add photo of a dinosaur hitched to one of these flat cars. The photo was a John Allen conceived scene on his G&D railroad. The flat car had for a load a DC60 Pittman motor. The motor was tied down in a prototypical way  with many figures filling the scene, all working hard to complete their task.
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« Reply #67 on: Nov 5th, 2012, 8:59am »
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Here is a HObbyline box car . Texas and Pacific RR. It came in 1955 and 56 as a kit. It was a shake the box kit, a little harder then a Athearn kit, bacause you had to put a decal on eack side. The car was colored allready, and the lettering silkscreened, of stamped on.
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« Reply #68 on: Nov 5th, 2012, 8:50pm »
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Frank:
 
This paint scheme for the TP&W is the far more common one for these 40' box cars.  It's interesting that Hobbyline had it in their line, as the TP&W was not a very commonly done roadname.  
 
Now, if you ever see any box car with the Tee Pee Willie on it, that is a conversation piece!
 
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« Reply #69 on: Nov 5th, 2012, 9:16pm »
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OK Allen ! Now you did it. Who, or what is Tee Pee Willie? An American Indian ? Is it on a TP&W box car ?
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« Reply #70 on: Nov 7th, 2012, 12:08am »
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Frank:
 
Here's a photo of the real thing at this website:
 
http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=68681
 
Tee Pee Willie was a symbol of the railroad-a way of trying to get the TP&W initials out there for the shippers to remember.  These Pullman-built box cars used the paint colors as the locomotives.  
 
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« Reply #71 on: Nov 7th, 2012, 2:54pm »
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Very nice Allen.
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« Reply #72 on: Nov 13th, 2012, 8:19pm »
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And here is the other Varney flat car I mentioned in my other post, of the PRR:
 


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Going back a little to the TP&W again. I found this photo of my AHM TP&W box car. frank

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 Going over to a friends house to replace some outlets damaged by sandy.
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Frank,  
An admirable start of your day.  You're a good freind to have.


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Well back to the old Cars.  
** This one is a paper sided tank car by Silver Streak.  
***  North American Tank Line **
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I don't think I've ever seen a paper sided car before.  I knew it was done once upon a time, but have never been sure of how long those cars lasted.  Nice!
 
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I don't think I've ever seen a paper sided car before.  I knew it was done once upon a time, but have never been sure of how long those cars lasted.  Nice!
 
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Alan ; They were around in the 50s and early 60s. maybe 40s also.
About paper sided tank cars. Mantua, Athearn, Globe, Varney, maybe Thomas made paper sides applied to metal or wood tubes. Photos here are these. ** ** reply #  5 Texaco - Globe. 12 Atlas - Globe. 21 Quaker State - Globe. 27 Phillips 66- ? maybe globe.  37 Timken - Athearn. 56 Gulf- mantua. Remember all globe became, athearn so some i have marked globe may have been athearn.
 
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