Friday, March 14, 2014
STATE TOOL AND DIE 200 Ton Hot Metal Car - Part 1
The kit was $50, and is packaged in the standard ST&D baggy. The parts are the usual heavy grey plastic. They are nicely molded and not much flash to clean up. The instructions are easy to read and the fit of the parts is good. The turning equipment on the one platform is fairly plain and consists of three separate pieces. There are no registration marks so you might want to just place everything first so the final assembly makes sense.
The only parts I didn't use are the thin square sheets that fit around the spout. I've seen this type of thing on more modern photos of prototype cars, but not back in the 50's. I also didn't use the steel weight provided for inside the bottle. I will just use lead birdshot until I like the weight. The kit is basic in that there is no brake equipment, hand rails, grabs, steps,..etc. I will be adding these. Also, I'm considering backdating the car a bit to riveted construction - stay tuned.
I'll end with a poor quality photo I took driving across the Walt Whitman Bridge into Philly of a rail transfer yard in Camden on the former property of New York Shipbuilding. It's used for loading a variety of imported cargo onto railcars. Lately they have been bringing in steel slabs by ship, from I don't know where, and loading them into gons, destined for AK Steel (Kentucky?) I'm thinking possibly from Brazil? The slabs are shipped out in unit Extras. If you look closely you can see the diagonal siding that the crane straddles and slabs laid out for loading along the track, in addition to the stacks in the middle of the photo. Rail traffic has been booming here in south Jersey - first the oil trains, and now coal and slab trains.