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PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« on: February 19, 2010, 05:40:21 AM »
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I recently picked up a job lot of old cars including an AHM covered gondola and some flex-flo cars. (the was even a Kadee N scale car (Yellow SCL Insulated boxcar)  which is selling for $40 on ebay LOL - I'll take 30 for it! ;))

The gondola is in BM paint but has been crappily weathered, so I plan to strip and repaint  it. Am I right in thinking this model is pretty much a G42 class car and would have been used by PC ? If so does anyone know what colour it would have been, or better yet have a picture?

Re the flexi-flo cars, where did they operate (I'm led to believe they were pretty much in captive service)? 

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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2010, 07:12:44 AM »
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I remember looking these up when I was working on this...


Of course, the first problem is it's only 50' long, like most N scale gondolas, also, the flange at the top, designed to catch the covers, is way too high.

Hence the Laurel Valley paint job, the private road collection includes a lot of former foobies.

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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2010, 08:20:52 AM »
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There were two styles of Austria-tooled covered gons 40 years ago.  Lee's model is the gon based on the PRR (PC) prototype, but I think the BM car was the other style.

Regarding the AHM-released Flexi Flo hoppers - those are based on the ACF pd3500 hopper manufactured solely for the NYC in 1964.  They had extreme longevity, lasting as a fleet until very recently, and there still are a handful active in private company service I believe.  But yes, they generally ran between Chicago, Boston and New York on the old Water Level Route because they could only be loaded/unloaded at specific facilities.  The biggest facility was in Saugerties NY, and most of the cars were stored/serviced there when not generating revenue.

All of the road names offered by AHM on both models were not prototypical.
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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2010, 09:04:20 AM »
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By the way, the PD3500 cars would often be unloaded in my home town, Framingham. There was a tream track right off 135 where the current MBTA station sits. This track was used to unload the hoppers into trucks equiped with a suction system. Other uses for the track was telephone poles and other large/bulky objects.

The track was removed around 1993. Phone poles are now unloaded on the eastern most iron of North Yard. I have not seen a PD3500 car here in over 15 years.

PD3500 cars, Wonderbread hoppers, a ton of ex PRR cabooses. Man the early 1990s were great here.
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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2010, 09:15:35 AM »
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I'm guessing your ahm gon is this tooling:


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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2010, 12:05:50 PM »
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Yep that's the one.

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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2010, 05:43:30 PM »
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... Am I right in thinking this model is pretty much a G42 class car and would have been used by PC ? If so does anyone know what colour it would have been, or better yet have a picture? ...

Totally missed this part of the question.  The normal PC Deepwater green with standard markings.  Not sure of the proper trucks - they probably remained on their PRR originals.  I think there is a pic of one in the Morning Sun PC F&PCG.
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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2010, 03:18:22 AM »
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Thanks for the replies guys. Sorry if I'm being a bit slow but are we saying the covered gondola that I have then has no prototype?

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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2010, 09:59:49 AM »
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Here's the PRR G42 (52'6" inside length):

http://prr.railfan.net/diagrams/PRRdiagrams.html?diag=G42.gif&sel=gon&sz=sm&fr=

Amazingly I could'nt find any pix online.

The AHM gon is dollars to donuts 50' thereby is a "freelanced" though probably based on something - definately not the G42 though. The Aurora Minitrix gon above is also said to be "based" on the G42 but I'm skeptical until I see a photo.

Mark
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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2010, 11:28:30 AM »
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Hi All
The AHM covered gondola, as pictured in Lee's photo is a PRR/PC G36c. There are pictures in the various Morning Sun books, as well as drawings and a photo at the PRR site N&W listed in the above post.
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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2010, 11:34:57 AM »
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Hi All
The AHM covered gondola, as pictured in Lee's photo is a PRR/PC G36c. There are pictures in the various Morning Sun books, as well as drawings and a photo at the PRR site N&W listed in the above post.
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Lee's photo is the Aurora/Minitrix model.
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Re: PC G42 Gondola Pics? (and Flexi-Flo question)
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2010, 11:49:56 AM »
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Mark, you are correct, I should have said the Aurora/Minitrix/Postage Stamp gondola is a model of the G36c.
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