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TO THE ED ITO R

BREX Reefers

Dear Sir: Jim Rogers' article, "Freight Cars of the '60s: More Prototypes for the Details West #800 Boxcar" in the November 1 990 issue of MRG, m entions B urlington Reefer Express ( BREX) cars of this type. According to the B urlington H istorical Society' s Burlington Bulletin, 2nd quarter, 1 984, p. 33, 25 cars almost fit this description. In June 1 962, R B B X #79900-79924 were delivered by General American w ith welded sides and Hydra-Cushion underframes. With the exception of eight 1 2' -door cars (RBBQ #79950-79958) bui l t in November 1 965 by FGE ( which weren't similar to the Details West car), these were the Q ' s only insulated boxcars NOT built by the company shops at Havelock (Lincoln), NE. They had roofwalks, long l adders and high brake wheels. Doors were 8' 2" wide Youngstown type. BREX's other 50' smooth-side cars dif fered in construction (riveted sides, offset doors, etc.) B urli ngton ' s (CB&Q, C&S, FW&D) insulated boxcars were some of the most attractive freight cars of the '60s, but most are difficult to model from existing kits. Decals which can be used include Walthers 4045 1 and M icroscale 87-481 and 87-485. Similar is the Walthers 933-6870-series Fruit Growers Express cars which were last stocked circa 1 987. It is simi lar to RBNX 902 7 3 ( Monon) which i s shown on page 21 of the November issue. I t has roofwalk, h i g h ladders, high brake wheel and an 8' door. Some of these cars may stil l be found. They were offered as: 6870-undecorated, 6 8 7 1 -Erie Lackawanna ( N I R X ) , 6873Monon (#90262) , 6875-PC, and 6877-FGE (SAL lease). William J. Fulton Saunemin, I L

C NO&TP engines since four of the s i x DLs they replaced were assigned to the CNO&TP. In my article I m entioned that these engines were DL109s. Fur ther research indicates that the CNO&TP engines, which were delivered in 1 94 1 , were DL l 07s (A units, #6400 and 640 1 ) and DL l 08s (B units, #6400A and 640IA). The Southern had a DLl09 (A unit, #2904) and a DLlIO ( B unit, #2904B) which were deliv ered in 1 942. Apparently all three B units were later renumbered with 6400A becoming 6425, 640 1 A becomi n g 6426 and 2904B becoming 2954. These facts run contrary to Rev. Brown's state ment that the CNO&TP never owned any six-axle power. Now as to the firecracker antennas. In spite of Rev. B rown 's information, I have found photographic evidence that the Southern did have firecracker antennas in use as early as 1 954. Look at page 1 26 of the Webb book, The Southern Railway System. Y ou ' l l see two F7 and two GP7 units; three of which clearly have firecracker antennas. The photo is dated 1954. Also, in the W iley and Wallace book there are several photos of passenger units dated 1 959-60 that show them with firecracker antennas. This would indicate that they were in use for most of the active l ife of the PA3s ( 1 953-62). Larry Puckett Manassas, V A

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C ircus Train

O n Southern PA3s a n d DLs

Dear Randy: Paul M. Darnell, a retired Southern CNO&TP (now Tennessee Division) tra i n d ispatcher from Somerset, K Y , has rightly cor rected my recollections. The CNO&TP did indeed have four six axle passenger engines. The S outhern System had three Alco DLl09s ( A units) and three D L l I Os ( B units). (Editor's Note: See Larry Puckett's comments below.) Two of each were CNO&TP engines, and they were regularly assigned to Nos. 3 and 4, the Royal Palm, before I w as old enough to know one engine from another. They were not a grand success, and all six were retired and scrapped very early on. [ t hink that the CNO&TP engines were 6400, 6401, 6425 and 6426. Southern ' s were 2904 and 2954, and I think that they were normally on Knoxville Division trains between Bristol and Chattanooga. I know that [ h ave seen pictures of them on Nos. 45 and 46, the Tennessean. Rev. Wayland Yoder Brown Savannah, GA Dear Randy: I want to thank Rev. Brown for his letter (February 1 991 MRG) o n my PA3 article. It is a shame that we didn't have room to print his entire letter. I have to admit that he is right about the NO&NE a s s i g n m e n t f o r t h e P A 3 s . I m i s t a k e n l y assumed they were
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Dear Sir: I was quite p leased to see B i l l H i l l ' s article on " Model ing a Modern Circus Train" in the January 1 99 1 issue of M odel Rail roading. T his is a subject that is passed over w i t h l ittle, if any, pub l i s hed on i t i n the model magazines or other r a i l-related publ ications. The circus tra i n has a lways been a fascinating thing to me, and I know that i t is to many others. Each year at our annual show at the model c l ub I belong to, the c i rcus tra i n i s always a crowd pleaser. I t would be great if some manufacturer or several would join together to come u p with an accurate H O model of the R i ng l i ng B rothers tra i n and issue i t l ike W a lthers d i d w it h their Great Circus Train. The Wal thers train i s one of my prize p ieces, and I am grateful that they issued i t over a 1 2-month period w h ich enabled more of us to be able to afford and add i t t o our collec tions. Three i s one more train I would l ike to see more i nformation publ i shed on and poss i b l y modeled. This train w o u l d be the James E . Strates Carni v a l Tra i n . This train , l ike the R i ng l i ng Brothers, is a true c lassic, and I bel i eve that i t i s the o n l y carn i val train o f i t s k i nd operating i n t h e U S A . I look forward to t h e other articles on " M odeli ng A M odern Circus Train," and I hope that it may lead to other articles on the subject and also to a modern carni v a l train. Keep up the great work . I e nj o y M odel Ra ilroading v ery much. Earl B. K inard, Jr. Wrightsville, PA
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