After all that grinding and cutting, now is the time to file and clean everything up nicely. Constantly refer to your new parts to ensure proper placement and knowledge of how much and where to remove material.
Wow, that chopping, cutting, and grinding cleaned up very nicely!
Underframe detailing complete and sprayed with flat black. Note the added lead weights. Even without chopping off the ends to accommodate the draft gear screws, more weight was necessary for these cars.
Looks good so far! Back in the 80s did any of the SOO run-through coal trains into the Crowsnest region or other cross-border trains to Winnipeg and Moose Jaw use a SOO caboose such as this one, or would they have been turned back in favor of a CP van north of the border?
Post by sd40dash2 on Sept 17, 2020 14:07:11 GMT -8
^ There are experts out there (railfans and employees) who have an excellent memory of those operational details from decades past. I do believe WPG and MJ had CP 4349xx series vans assigned for this purpose so that the SOO cabooses remained on the US side. In my book I show a photo of CP 434950 parked at Thief River Falls for this type of service so it's possible they were swapped out there.
I am reminded of a 1992 Glenn Courtney photo of CP 4710 beside a CAST container train headed east through Guelph Junction with a SOO caboose bringing up the rear. That photo was posted to railpictures.net at one time but I can't presently find it through a google search. I can't recall if this was normal practice as there are many photos and videos showing CP cabooses moving in and out of Chicago in this rough timeframe.
Again, such prototype questions must be deferred to better sources than me. You live in WPG right?
Post by thunderhawk on Sept 17, 2020 14:12:52 GMT -8
This is just a wild ass guess, but having been on Soo cabooses in the late 90's I'd guess they were not equipped as required by CP labor agreements. Soo locomotives have/had hotplates and refrigerators so they could lead in Canada. I don't recall seeing hotplates or reefers in our labor agreement on the Soo side. One would think the trainmen had similar for the cabooses, but like I say; just guessing.
Post by sd40dash2 on Sept 17, 2020 16:00:22 GMT -8
^ Thanks Ryan, you are no doubt correct. I am not too worried in this case since the letters are merely locators to help me correctly mount the shells. After that it won't matter to me and the letters will be invisible to all. Hope you are enjoying the build otherwise, thanks for all the likes and comments.
Post by sd40dash2 on Sept 17, 2020 18:22:29 GMT -8
View of the detailed, painted and weathered underframe. These Walthers cabooses are a very good kitbashing platform. I am having fun with this entire project. Great way to keep your hands and mind busy while physical distancing.
One last close-up. Note the old leftover axle generator pulley after the rest of the hardware was removed. You can also see the steps and all other detailing elements. This will be the last underframe photo as I put this aside and turn my attention to the body shells and cupolas. Thanks for following along this phase of the project.
I'm curious - back a couple of pages - why not just cut off the screw rather than cut the weight?
Yeah. Between you and edgecrusher you have suggested a couple of better options. He had suggested raising the weight (which may have caused me to have to find weight-mount replacement screws since I don't think the Walthers ones have much to spare) which is clever just like your idea. Rather than to make excuses, I will try both of these ideas on future builds if I ever build more of these cars.
I suspect my mindset was that it was easier to simply trim the weights than to scrounge for such specific screws as these are not standard 2-56s. Hard to know exactly how much material to trim from a screw sometimes but I guess that's where trial and error comes in a case like this.
This view demonstrates how effective it is to remove that portion of the crossover platform and replace it with the etched material. I have a few more cabooses to build and I'm convinced this is the way to do it now.