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Cushion Underframe Question
« on: March 04, 2013, 02:21:21 PM »
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I have a number of box cars with "DF" (damage free) on the sides. Does DF mean the car has a cushioned underframe, or just that there are tie-downs inside to secure the load?

If they really need cushioned underframes, then I'll need to get more Micro-Trains extended trucks/couplers.


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Re: Cushion Underframe Question
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2013, 02:26:26 PM »
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DF generally meant that the car employed a system of bulkheads designed by Evans Products, I believe, that were used to prevent shifting loads and breakage.
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Re: Cushion Underframe Question
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2013, 02:49:13 PM »
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Thanks! That'll save me a little money. :D


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Re: Cushion Underframe Question
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2013, 03:59:43 PM »
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Yes, not only does it indicate internal load restraints or dividers, but a specific type of loaders.

I've seen markings like DF, DF-2, DF-B, LD for different restrainst systems.

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Re: Cushion Underframe Question
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2013, 04:00:46 PM »
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I've always been an ATSF fan so the "DF" and "Shock Control" stencilling were two separate items.

When I was in HO, and in high school, one of my modeling railroad friends was modeling a rundown Pennsylvania shortline struggling to get by.  I stole a broken outside-braced wood-sided 40' boxcar out of his junk drawer and gave it back to him on his birthday relettered for his railroad and emblazoned "Future Shock Control - by Toffler' on the sides (in ATSF lettering style)....because his broken-down line couldn't afford it yet.  What can I say, we were in the same english lit class!

So if you're trying to save money....just a thought.....

But yeah, they were two separate features.   I don't know of anybody else that printed them any bigger than Santa Fe though.
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Re: Cushion Underframe Question
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2013, 04:29:05 PM »
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Probably still need to consult proto photos to see if the car has a cushion underframe ...