Other Red Ball kits I have not done yet are Express reefer ( 2 of them), Wrecking Crane, and Pay Car. Lookin at the Wrecking Crane kit and seeing all the parts and the 2 instruction sheets is kind of scary. The 2 express reefers are almost complete, I just need decals and the Pay is just a lot of parts with no instructions or decals. The Funaro & Camerlengo Milk car I spoke of 4 posts back aren't touched just open and looked at. So just these things alone are quite a bit of work. This post and the last 6 previous posts were all placed here at one time so you got a lot of looking and reading to do to catch up.
Trains intimidate a lot of people, personally, I just can't hold all those facts in my head, so if I'm with a group of train people, I'm just a fly on the wall. I do enjoy them though, and appreciate layouts, within my ignorant bounds, just like when I see real trains go buy, and they have some strange attachments that I can't imagine what they're for. The weirdest one I saw had a at least 40' foot diameter wheel with saw/cutting teeth on it, and was digging a trech alongside the track, at an angle, traveling slowly, but it did not pick up the any gravel or soil, just just dug in the ground around 5 feet, the cutting wheel as angled and left everything in place. I guessed it was to keep water from heaving the track but it was huge and barely cleared some power lines. Never saw that apparatus again. When they laid the track from Danbury Ct. to Norwalk Ct., this train had incredible long pieces of track that would be passed forward, laid on the new pilings, and would automatically weld them and finish grind the sections. I still do not understand how they would make the incredibly long gentle curves in the track, must have been computer controlled with the side wheels bending the track as it extruded them through the apparatus. You had a hard time seeing where the track was welded, and after a couple of rains, the surface rust hid all of the joints.
I went to a Wayne NJ train show and acquired some more trains. You'll recognize most of them.
The four box cars in the left row are Penn Lines. Bellow them are 2 HObbyline cars. The whole middle row is more HObbyline cars. the right-side row is first 5 tank cars, Walters Athearn's, Gilbert, Mantua with no trucks, and another gilbert that's been redone a yellow and black Du Pont. bellow them is a HObbyline flat car and a Mantua operating hopper. o the two on the bottom are a New One 0-4-0 camelback and a Sakai NYC open hopper with a coal load. It was a good day and a little better that what is seen in that group of trains. There were also 4 cars still in original boxes. 3 Thomas tank cars, 1 Gould CNJ box car. There were other thing not worth talking about.
Well, the old stuff still attracts my attention. A couple of week back a group of 9 tank cars came up at auction on the bay. Here's what they looked like. 3 Varney's, 2 HObbyline, 2 Gilbert,1 Thomas, and 1 Tyco. I was looking for another Rohm Hass tank car and the Union Starch is also nice. All 9 were is very good condition. I won the auction.
This photo is items which arrived on 4-13-22. These are another group of vintage tank cars I viewed on the Bay. As you can see these aren't as nice as the last group of 9 tank cars. First car is Mantua Hercules gun power. Recording number HPCX 575 next a silver with black dome Conoco CONX 593, next is a Athearn black tank car GATX 90034. This car has some history. It was made by Athearn for sale by Roundhouse. Next is a Varney, Silver Grace SHPX 26023, next is a Globe Hercules Power Co., HPCX 310, 2nd row Thomas APO APOX 8295, (next is not even close to being Vintage. Model Power plastic Fire Car X-07,) next is a Varney GATX 1004. This horrible, messed up tank car will be stripped of all use full parts and the body thrown away. Next is Red Ball, MCNX 110 Monsanto Acid car, last is Mantua Quaker State CVCX 10852.
Hey Mike! I've had that set for 20 years. I have never dated that set and know nothing about when it was made and released. I have a Kusan set that is very much like it. Also most all collectors know of another similar set the Mantua metal sets set.
here is the Kusan set
Post 20- Here are three all wood express reefers. These three are the only ones I have ever seen Made of Wood with Round Roofs. If someone knows how made the kits and the conversion roofs please inform me so as To properly label these three.