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B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« on: October 27, 2020, 09:19:49 AM »
Here is a couple of shots of Box Car 56 while in service. Notice the hinges for the livestock doors.

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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 11:48:38 AM »
No worries about interior visibility with the size of those windows!  ;D

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« Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 11:58:55 AM »
I personally wouldn't worry about additional windows.  If we have a small generator (eg. Honda) on board with LED lighting inside we'll be just fine.  I forgot to add - (1) a workbench with an outlet so we have a place to repair hand tools, (like broken handles), and other small jobs. (2) shelving space for mag-phone line reels, spare phones, and test/repair equipment.  I'm sure John M. would appreciate it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 02:24:21 PM »
(2) shelving space for mag-phone line reels, spare phones, and test/repair equipment.  I'm sure John M. would appreciate it.
Thank you for your mag-phone thoughts.  :)  Certainly a field-phone should be kept aboard so that calls could be made from anywhere along the line that a phone post is nearby. I guess this brings up a question of where we would likely use the tool car. Additions to the TOM and EOT sites would be likely spots.

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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2020, 07:36:20 PM »
I've been in love with this car since it reappeared at the WW&F.  The idea that it carried livestock is totally intriguing.  The idea that it can become THE Tool Car for the WW&F is equally engaging. 

A well-equipped Tool Car can be used anywhere it's needed.  That's the beauty.

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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2020, 09:06:35 PM »
What the difference between a mag phone and sound powered phones?
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2020, 09:42:18 PM »
What the difference between a mag phone and sound powered phones?
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To be honest, I'm not really sure. I know that magneto phones use a local battery (a couple of D-cells) to power the microphone, and they signal each other by sending a 20 Hertz 90-volt signal to ring the bells, said 90 volts being generated by a hand-powered magneto in the phone (hence the name). With minor modification, magneto telephones are fully compatible with conventional telephones but rarely used that way; I doubt that's true with sound-powered phones. Now you've sent me on an internet search on sound-powered phones...


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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2020, 03:13:35 PM »
Here's the current state of B&SR boxcar 56, as seen last Saturday, October 24th.



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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2020, 03:40:07 PM »
I certainly hope that #56 will get proper tarp coverage if its not going into the shop for rebuild this winter.  BTW - do we have ownership of this car now or is it on loan from MNG ???
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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2020, 03:41:46 PM »
Interesting hodge-podge of material holding(?) it together. is any of the interior bracing salvageable?

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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2020, 04:48:29 PM »
Yes, the car is ours.
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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2020, 07:17:01 PM »
Great! for some totally unknown non-rational reason, I'm still in love with it.  Let's get it under cover quickly.

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« Reply #12 on: October 31, 2020, 10:49:07 PM »
Any trucks for this car or are we making them from scratch? 

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Re: B&SR Box Car 56 - Official Work Thread
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2020, 12:23:40 AM »
See "The Bridgton and Saco River: A Technical and Pictorial Review" by Peter S. Barney for details and photos of this 28' x 6' 8.25" car built by the Portland Company in 1898. There are some great pictures of it and its brothers (57 & 58) with shutter-equipped windows added for livestock service.

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« Reply #14 on: November 01, 2020, 02:29:38 PM »
See "The Bridgton and Saco River: A Technical and Pictorial Review" by Peter S. Barney for details and photos ...

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