Saturday, October 11, 2014

Serving The Line

With basic research nearly complete for almost all of the industries on the line, I'm turning my focus to at least one of the modeling aspects of this project: Determining the necessary car fleet to support operations.

This is especially important for me to work out since I'm still heavily considering a change in modeling scales from HO to O (P:48, actually).  Regardless of scale choice, I'll still need the fruits of this thought exercise; if a switch does happen, this will help scope the equipment changeover.

We'll start with the theoretical discussion of each industry, the commodities they handled, and the typical car types that would've been used to service them.  I'll update the table with additional information as I locate suitable products to represent the prototype.

Spot CodeIndustry NameCommoditiesFreight Car TypesModels
303Openn/a
305Garfield Team TrackVariousVarious
306Paper Supply CompanyPaperBoxcars
308Runaround Trackn/a
309Openn/a
311C. E. Schutte Lumber CompanyLumber
Building Materials
Boxcars
Flatcars
315Carthage Marble CorporationCut StoneFlatcars
Gondolas
319W. C. Tingle CompanyFlooringBoxcars
326Pacific Mutual Door CompanyLumber
Windows
Doors
Boxcars
327Battenfield Grease & Oil CompanyPetroleum ProductsTank Cars
335Safeway BakeryFlourCovered Hoppers (Airslide)
336Motor Parts Distributors IncorporatedAuto PartsBoxcars
340Sherwood Chemical CompanyChemicalsTank Cars
340AUnion CarbideNo research yet
340BAmerican Mineral Spirits CompanyChemicalsTank Cars
341Southwestern Bell Telephone CompanyBulk Wire
Telephone Poles
Supplies
Boxcars
Flatcars
342Turner Uni-Drive CompanyGearbox Castings
Machined Parts
Boxcars
345U. S. EngineeringSteel
Pipe
Flat Cars
Covered Gondolas
348Swenson Construction CompanyConstruction MaterialsBoxcars
Flat Cars
353Styro Fabricators IncorporatedPolyisocyanurateBoxcars (Drums)
354Fred Wolferman IncorporatedDry Goods
Perishables
Insulated Boxcars
Refrigerated Boxcars

In the meantime, I'll keep track of a some potential candidate models below:
PFE Reefer (yellow) [Weaver]
Tank Car (Sunoco/Undec) [Weaver]
Insulated Boxcars (GT, L&N, SF) [Atlas]
Standard 50' Boxcars [Atlas]
Modernized 40' Boxcar [Atlas]
Covered Hopper [Atlas]
Flat Car [Atlas]
57' Mechanical Reefer [Lionel]
3 Bay Hopper [Lionel] (MoW service only, no online industry for an open hopper)
70ton Airslide [Atlas]
60' HiCube Boxcar [Atlas]
50' Plug Door Box [Atlas]
60' Auto Parts Box [Atlas]