Taped Boxcar Doors

Discussion in 'Boxcars' started by yardmaster, Aug 22, 2020.

  1. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Folks -
    During the Hindsight 20/20 virtual RPM today, Jered Slusher led off with a presentation on X72 Boxcar Prototypes and Models.

    In it, he shared a photo of CR #229328 with tape around the perimeter of the door, with the stated purpose of keeping water out.

    As I spent some of the breaks searching for the latest "Where Is It," I came across two photos in the Archive of Frisco boxcars that appear to have the same treatment.



    It seems to be a rather labor-intensive way of sealing leaky doors, but considering that the heyday of boxcars was past in the last 10-12 years of the Frisco's existence, perhaps it was more desirable than a full door replacement. Thoughts?
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  2. klrwhizkid

    klrwhizkid Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    If a boxcar was used for grain-loading and the door did not seal well against weather, I can see where an industry might try to protect the valuable cargo from weather in route, but I don't believe it would be very effective when trying to tape to a rusted or dirty surface.
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  3. That’s a great idea for a model right there too!
  4. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Good point, Keith. Seems like more trouble than it’s worth. And ineffective at that.

    Didn’t want to put more on your plate, but I was thinking “this has Steve Hurt written all over it.” . Jered’s presentation featured all sorts of Frankenstein’s monsters in PC green with CR reporting marks, patch jobs, rust blobs and taped doors. I can send you the slides if you need modeling fodder.
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  5. I have seen his. He is occasionally on the same weathering forum I participate in. He is a great painter! Thanks!!
  6. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Frisco.org Supporter

    That was a great set of presentations yesterday. Sorry, I did not see you on the list of attendees, Chris. They ran around 180-200 most of the day.
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  7. yardmaster

    yardmaster Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Indeed...I was happy to see the turnout, Robert.

    I am afraid I wasn’t good about scrolling through the Participants listings. I was pretty engrossed when each session started, and during the breaks, I was tending to the garden and other neglected chores from three and a half days away from home.

    Looking forward to their next session.

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