Widowmaker...

rray Jun 23, 2003

  1. rray

    rray Staff Member

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    As you all know by now... I got a thing for cabooses. :D

    ATSF Widowmaker Side Door Blind End Caboose under construction:

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  2. Telegrapher

    Telegrapher Passed away July 30, 2008 In Memoriam

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    Robert, That widow maker? ;looks great. Why the name widow maker?
     
  3. Telegrapher

    Telegrapher Passed away July 30, 2008 In Memoriam

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    This is my second post for this. The first one went left someplace.

    Robert, That widow maker looks great. Why is it called widow maker?
     
  4. rray

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    Santa Fe called their cabooses "Way Cars", and the Side Door Way Cars inherited the nickname "Widowmakers" because many a hapless soul stepped out into a moving switcher in the yard.
    They were temporarly retired in the late '30s but were called back to service during the war effort, after which time they were permanantly retired ;)

    I like to research a little of the history of the models I build for fun! :D
     
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    That looks great!!!!!
     
  6. Colonel

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    Excellent caboose robert you are fast becoming the Caboose expert :D
     
  7. Colonel

    Colonel Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    We have moved this topic to the temporary N scale forum until we resolve the issues
     
  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 HOn30 & N Scales Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Looks great! Wasn't there another caboose you'd recently done? NYC? If so, got any photos to share?

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  9. UNION_PACIFIC_STEVE

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    Wow! thats a great looking caboose [​IMG]
     
  10. rray

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    Thanks for all the nice comments guys, Here is the NYC 30' Wood 3 Window Caboose in Z Scale. No decals, trucks, or couplers yet, as I'm waiting on parts: :D

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  11. Gats

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    Nice cabs, Robert, particularly the ATSF 'widowmaker'. That's one nice piece of kit. [​IMG]
     
  12. rray

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    Thanks for the props Gary,

    I finally won an ebay auction for an ALPS printer (out of production 5 years), and it showed up yesterday. The plan was to make some custom decals. The printer came with no manual, and loose nuts and bolts rattling around inside, but I cleaned it up and removed the dust bunnies.

    I downloaded drivers from the ALPS Yahoo group, and did a test print, which came out fairly bad. I went back to work cleaning this thing, and pilled out wood chips 1 inch long out of the ink ribbons, more dust bunnies, and cleaning with a 50/50 mixture of rubbing alcohol and distilled water (best electronics cleaner around), and started playing with it.

    It took some help with the Yahoo group members but I was finall able to get a good print out of this old thing.

    I made a Northern Pacific Monad sized for a Z Scale F7 which measured .146", and has quite legible, crisp writing on it. Layed down white, then the black writing, then a yellow fill, and finally a magenta fill to make the red, white, and black monad.

    Next step is to do the rest of the artwork I need for a Z Scale North Coast Limited and ABA F units. Then to make some decals!

    These printers are so rare that I might have to keep this baby for my own personal use, and give my artwork to someone to make the decals commercially. :D
     
  13. Mike Skibbe

    Mike Skibbe TrainBoard Member

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    Whoa... Somebody say Z-scale NCL? What passenger cars are you making... and how? = )
     
  14. rray

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    I made the ABA decals already, except the silver/gray patches under the cab doors because I cannot figure out how to do gray, and there are no silver ribbons available. I still have to overcote the decals too. I made several numbers too, but in A B & C matching, just like the mid 50's practice to keep them grouped.

    I have not started on passenger cars yet because I have not found a set on ebay yet, but all the Z Scale cars are coorigated side cars, and would need to be sanded down. I don't think I will go so far as to make the windows correct, because someone will eventually come out with brass car sides, and the marklin dome looks terrible anyway. When I move on to that part of the project, I'll just try to capture the "Flavor" of the NCL by sanding down to smoothsides, and painting.

    I am working on the ABA shells though, and I plugged the front of the A unit coupler pocket, and fashoned a coupler cover hatch for it since it will always be the lead unit. I sanded off the bogus horns, so I need to work on those, and the winderization hatch. :D
     
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    On the subject of the Widowmaker, Jon Miller, my neighbor just got back from the SFRHMS convention last night and I just got an email.

    He had about 60 signups for the widowmaker, which was not enough for the historical society to fund, so Jon and a couple other guys are pitching in to fund 100 HO units.

    The historical society will do the advertising, and sell them though. I'll do the N Scale versions myself. They were extremely happy with the N Scale model displayed, and the only thing they found wrong was... I put the smokejack on the wrong side! My bad. Easy fix. :D
     

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