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I'm presently getting a consist of J-S passenger cars ready to paint and I have a question about the roofing (topside).  Not having seen these cars up close in original dress, I would guess that the roofs were tin and tar, or asphalt paper, or ???  I know that in land practice it was common to tar tin overlap, and sometiems entire roofs, or lay asphalt paper over tin and tar the whole thing.  What was the case on coaches.   can't imagine the painted versions I see would have been the reality in actual service, especially in four season climates.

I'm starting with Bachmann kits, which have a pebbled cover on the roof, which immediately draws a blank other than stoned asphalt...

another question - many of the old photos show a pipe running down the centre of the roof at deck level - steam line or electrical conduit?  Some of the cars I see this on show interior ceiling lights, so I'm assuming the pipe is conduit for electrical retrofit.

Finally - one baggage car I have a picture of (Rio Grande) has a centerline pipework raised about  a foot and a half, maybe 2 feet above the roof, longitudinally.  I had read these were for ice breakup at tunnels, but ...?   Its the sort of thing one might try to lift low hanging cables to prevent them from foulling the car as it passed.
 

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Yes I am! Turner has a picture of that car (the proto) in his book on the D-RG/C-TS rlwy, and I've seen that setup before, but was never sure what it was for (looked too sexy to be just a "handrail, LOL!). Then I guess the question, why on that car and not more commonly on others... (this picture taken in 1940 the "Sante Fe Mixed")
 

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Posted By East Broad Top on 01/22/2008 12:52 PM
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There are still some locales today where traveling to the local post office is the only way to send and receive mail.

Later,

K


The Irony of this statement is that, at least for Canada. its again true today, most especially if you've bought a new house in a new survey, or live in a rural area that has recently become suburban...    /DesktopModules/NTForums/themes/mls/emoticons/angry.gif
 
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