60' PS Auto Parts boxcar

Discussion in 'Boxcars' started by geep07, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. geep07

    geep07 Member

    In August 2009 Athearn announced a rtr 60' PS auto parts box car painted & lettered in Frisco and is no longer available. Does anyone have prototype pictures of this car?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.

  2. renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013)

    renapper (Richard Napper RIP 3/8/2013) Passed away March 8, 2013

    do you know the road numbers for the Frisco?
  3. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter


    The Frisco took delivery of 25 of these cars numbered 9000-9024 from Pullman-Standard in September and October of 1963. They were equipped with their HYDROFRAME-40 cushion underframe. They also had eight-foot Camel plug doors, plain sheet roof panels, Minor hand brakes, Apex running boards, and Timken roller bearings in ASF trucks. They were used mainly in auto parts service, probably Ford.
    I gleaned this information from Molo's "Frisco-Katy Color Guide to Freight Equipment" and is pictured on the top of page 74. I may have one of these and if I do would be willing to sell it to you. Do you want m to check?
  4. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    John, there are a number of these cars available on ebay currently if you are wanting a model. The Genesis model is a very, very close match. There is a prototype photo on page 74 of the Frisco / Katy Color Guide to Freight Equipment by Nick Molo.
  5. geep07

    geep07 Member

    Bob, you mentioned Ford, is there any chance that these were used for the Chrysler plant in Fenton as well?

  6. dti406

    dti406 Rick

    These cars were 99% sure to be used in Ford service. Ford was the only car manufacturer to specify plug doors on the 60' cars they used, both GM & Chrysler preferred cars with either 10' Sliding or 2x8' Sliding doors.

    There was an article in Mainline Modeler regarding these cars, PS thought there would not be much demand for this type of car and did not get on the building boom for the Ford Pool cars making only a couple of hundred giving the main business to Thrall, Greenville and ACF. They later jumped on the GM bandwagon with the 60' PS1 Boxcar that was labeled the Fisher Body Car for all the GM Use it was put to.

    Rick Jesionowski
  7. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Wanted to bump this thread and ask if anyone had images or otherwise know what style of coupler cut bars were on these 60' PS auto parts cars? Image in the book does not show the cut bars.
  8. Tom, I have the model if pics of that would help? The book photo didn't show much did it?
  9. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    yea Steve.
    That would be great!
  10. Will do Tom. I will dig it out after work tomorrow.
  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I got like 6 of these. but I cheap so no genesis options for me lmao.
    Thanks Steve.
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    Here you go Tom ( if this worked, still getting used to Imgur)o_O
    Pretty simple cut levers.
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  13. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks Steve.
    Yea about as simple as it gets huh? But it really does not look like cut bars made for cushioned cars. Hhhmmm.
    But I like it as some of these cut bars like the Plano ones can be a pain to work with.
  14. Yeah I think it should be two piece or at least look like it on a cushioned pocket.
  15. geep07

    geep07 Member

    001.jpg 002.jpg 003.jpg Tom,
    I took these photos from a friend's layout that we had an op-session tonight.
    Is this what you are looking for?
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  16. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks John.
    Looks to me as the "trombone style" levers would be the rights ones too. But then we have these Stanray cut bars that look spot on too.


    This is a great view of a "stem winder" brake, unless you gots a brake club you will likely get hurt operating "especially releasing this brake" This is a great image, looks like an Army base load out. In the USMC we were closer to loading onto ships, been there done that:):). It was the unloading in a foreign country that was kinda iffy on occasion. This is a Stanray cut lever I think. Unless you raise the stem, you arent gonna wind this at all, looks like its been ran over a couple times to me. Notice that most modelers glue the cut bars to the coupler pockets, as you can see these are clearly right to the coupler "bail" itself. Look at the winding of the air (brake pipe line) too. Note the rubber tie down straps holding the BP hoses up, hopefully off the crossing timbers and such. Otherwise looks like perfect coupler alignment huh? Look at how long that draw bar is. Makes you wonder how the 1:1 outfits dont have more of a "slip by: problem than they do.
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