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  • Great Shorpy photo for boxcar roofs and other deta

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/16806?size=_original#caption

    Most of the roofs are wood, but there's at least one metal roof (with ribs, Murphy roof?). One outside-braced car, and along the back row Tiffany reefers (?) in the configuration where roof hatches open in different directions. There's a very interesting Anheuser-Busch car, that appears to have roof hatches like a Tiffany reefer, but has a sliding boxcar door (possibly a Wagner door) that slides to the right. A couple of the brake staffs are bent, probably due to some giant picking them up :-) :-) There's one rather tall and maybe long boxcar near the back right, maybe a furniture car?

    The cabeese have some interesting blocks on the roofs, anyone know what these are? They seem to be pivot-able, maybe some sort of roof-mounted marker light?

    dave
    Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

  • #2
    That's a good picture. Also notice the two boxcars front left have both got damaged roofs.

    Interesting to see that one of cabeese has just got a plain pipe coming up from the stove whereas the other has a "T" pipe that also been bent backwards.

    Be interesting to see what the lokie is as well.

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    • #3
      I love the clerestory roof on loco 205 which is shoving on the Anheuser-Busch car.

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      • #4
        quote:


        Originally posted by possum


        I love the clerestory roof on loco 205 which is shoving on the Anheuser-Busch car.


        Good catch? Does that make this loco kin to the IC "Casey Jones" ten-wheeler?
        dave
        Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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        • #5
          Good question! Wish there was a better shot of it!

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          • #6
            If you look real close, you'll see that 205 has no stack, also looks like there is no coal in the bunker. Given how clean it looks, I wonder if it's a new engine. I think I've seen a picture once that showed a new engine being transported without it's stack. I thought the headlights were left off for transport though. Pretty neat picture. Would love to spend some time wondering about that round house.

            Bill
            Bill Allen

            Arbor Creek & Middle River Valley Railway

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            • #7
              Oh my, I see evidence of nail heads in the roof in the immediate foreground.[:-shake]
              Bruce

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              • #8
                quote:


                Originally posted by Dutchman


                Oh my, I see evidence of nail heads in the roof in the immediate foreground.[:-shake]


                Easy, Bruce, easy! Step away from the image, and keep your hands where we can see them. It's gonna be OK.

                You have nothing to worry about here, everything will be just... MEDIC!! [:-bigmouth]

                Notice that there is no roofing paper, tin, tar, etc. on the roof, either!

                Pete

                in Michigan

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                • #9
                  Dave, I can see the allure of modeling the earlier eras of railroading.


                  quote:


                  Originally posted by Orionvp17



                  Easy, Bruce, easy! Step away from the image, and keep your hands where we can see them. It's gonna be OK.

                  You have nothing to worry about here, everything will be just... MEDIC!! [:-bigmouth]

                  Pete

                  in Michigan



                  Bruce

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                  • #10
                    Does anyone know what those things are that are on the cupola and by the roof walk on the caboose on the right side of the picture? They looked grooved in the middle to hold something.

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                    • #11
                      The blocks on the roofs of the cabooses are so haphazard that I'd guess they're shop tools, jigs, staging supports or the like.
                      James

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                      • #12
                        I suspect they're some form of marker lights, set up so they can be rotated to show different colored lenses

                        dave
                        Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)

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                        • #13
                          I agree with Dave, I would hazard a guess that the boxes on the caboose roofs are to hold oil marker lanterns.

                          Greg Rich

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                          • #14
                            I love this shorpy site. If you ever get a chance to come to Ft.Wayne for the Historical Railroad festivalte that they have at the old PRR station each February, you should come and try to make it once in your lifetime. Yesterday I drug my wife in there. They have different RR exhibits from people around the area. This year it was the Wabash Railroad theme but they had other railroads also. There was a 1/8th scale PRR live steamer on exhibit. There was a guy that had a display of pocket watches. Which my wife thought was cool. There was a standard wall clock display. Wall clocks that the RR employees would set their personal watches too. I though that's was neat. There was Larry and Pete my buddies that had Pictures and Larry had his display of telegraph keys. He was employed by the Wabash Railroad as a Station clerk starting in the 50s. He was telling us all about how he telegraphed up and down the line from Detroit Michigan to St. Louis. I was looking at some of his pictures, I asked him if I could get a copy of one of him setting at table at Detroit. He flipped be a CD disk and said, "It should be on here. I have been trying to get rid of these disks for a while! He said go home and put it on your PC". I said, "Wow, thank you" There was the N scale Northern Indiana N scalers with a pretty good size layout. There was a G scaler loop of track. and the Lionel guys with w good size loop, running at the famous Lionel speed. Then just all of the pictures. They were cool to look at. Especially seeing the buildings that are still standing today and you see them in pictures from 1908. That's cool. Well sorry for my hijacking of the thread, Kevin

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                            • #15
                              quote:


                              Originally posted by deemery




                              If you look at the kit of the USMRR "Conductors Car", it has a similar sort of box on the roof. These were for the installation of lanterns as marker lights. Some of this type of "House car" caboose, had roof hatches, so that the brakeman could access the roof without having to go out the side door, and climb up the side ladder while the train was in motion. It also allowed the crew to both check on, and replace the lantern as necessary, while the train was in motion.

                              Horse

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