Need help with flatcar

Discussion in 'Freight Equipment' started by frisco1522, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    I just painted one of the Tichy 40' flatcars and can't find any shots of Frisco flats. I need to know what number series they were and a photo of one if possible.
  2. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

  3. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Those are 40', but the Tichy has no fishbelly, just straight sides. I know I must have a photo somewhere with one in the background.
  4. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Don -

    I've checked through all my flat car pics (don't have many) and through my SLSF flat car diagram book as well, and see no cars that match the Tichy flat. But, my diagrams only go back to 1928, so assuming the SLSF had the Tichy car, it must have pre-dated 1928.

    All the Frisco general service and bulkhead flats from 1928 on had the fish-belly side frame, except for a series of six 70-ton cars built by Thrall in 1964 for auto-frame loading that had a straight side sill, SLSF 3800-3805, and these were 60ft long.

  5. TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020)

    TAG1014 (Tom Galbraith RIP 7/15/2020) Passed Away July 15, 2020 Supporter

    The Nick Molo book has a few flat cars, most of the older cars have been altered with bulkheads. Don't know if that helps or not.

  6. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Don & Ken,

    I seem to recall a similar discussion in (I think) the FMIG newletters . When the Gould/Tichy flat arrived in the hobby shops, a discussion ensued regarding a representative Frisco car for the model. I couldn't find a Frisco prototype in my "stuff" , and other Frisco folks came up dry as well. There was some general agreement that the Frisco never owned such a car. Is that really true? Don, I hope that you find a photo. Anybody have a similar recollection?

    I punted the issue, and I painted mine based on an M&NA car, which is depicted on p 171 of James Fair's book. I have one flat left; painted, but unlettered.

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  7. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    That's a nice recovery - Karl. Nice looking car too. :)

    That car would be a good starting point for the #45 transfer boose. :cool:
  8. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Supporter

    Karl - Nice M&NA car! Is there a M&NA decal set, or did you just piece it together from other decal sets?

    I noticed that Tichy flat car kit is from so long ago that it is a Gould! I have two on the shelf but have never built them.

    I noticed on the instruction sheet that Gould says it is a "circa 1928" car. That makes it very low odds in my mind that SLSF ever rostered any of this style of flat car.

    So ..... other than M&NA, who did have this car?

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  9. frisco1522

    frisco1522 Staff Member Staff Member

    Well, maybe I will letter it M&NA then. What the heck just wanted to finish it and put it in service.
    Thanks guys
  10. Karl

    Karl 2008 Engineer of the Year Supporter

    Ken & Sherrel,

    Thanks for the comments about the flat. The Gould/Tichy kits are well-engineered, and go together well. I'd recommend them to anybody. The decals came from a Champ dimensional set and an alphabet set.

    The instructions included a method to simulate the wood deck with paint. I think that the results are good.
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  11. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Supporter Supporter

    I should have been more clear. The wood decking is what I really liked. It pretty well gives the impression of individual planks. :)

    U just need to give it a few gouges and some drag/skid marks along with a few liquid spills. :eek:

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