Looking For Info on SLSF's 42' Homebuilt TOFC's

Discussion in 'TOFC Equipment' started by Coonskin, Mar 30, 2022.

  1. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    I have a friend that's trying to learn more about the Frisco's 42' home built TOFC cars. Once modified, the first batch was numbered 95800 - 95815. There were more added, later.

    Specifically he's trying to determine what the rub rails were composed of: Wood or metal?

    If any of you have a photo of one that can help determine this, sharing it would be very much appreciated.


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  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I hope we can come up with pictorial evidence/info on this. Might have to have a couple of these TOFC flats on this outfit.
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  3. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member

    Mornin' Tom!

    There is ONE pic of one in the background of a pic in one of the Frisco "color" books. I'll have to ask which one and what page. To date, that one pic is the only pictorial reference my friend has found for that series.

    If it were me, I'd make a guess and go use styrene for the rub/side rails. However, Jimmy's "good enough" is so much higher than my "good enough", it's out of reach.
  4. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member


    "Frisco In Color: Vol 2", page 85, bottom pic.
  5. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    What's the main focus of that shot? If I can find that slide in the collection, I could scan and upload it.
  6. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    HHMM. Andre. Looking at the image bottom pg85, Frisco in color vol II. I see a SL-SF 42' flat, right behind a 40' TOFC flat. I also see a side sill similar to the 42' flat but a bit different, and clearly shorter. Are these based on by then, on surplus 40' boxcars? Again a common practice at the time. I would propose a 40' flat as a starting point for this project at this point. Studying the image we can see the 40' flat side sill clearly a bit beefier than the 42' flat? The circus type ramps are a more common type it appears to me. The practice of trying to be pro-active in application to TOFC service is a typical Frisco action. I wish they had used a 60' platform for same. As it didnt take long for semi trailers to get longer than 40'.
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    Iantha_Branch Member

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