Firstly, thanks for all the kind remarks.
. ! Was impressed with the two holes in the cement wall, takes tunnel modeling to new heights-!!
Aaahh, the holes in the wall. The layout, in the video, belongs to a friend who is one of the founders of the local American Modellers Modular Group. On acquiring his new house, we had jokingly remarked that by “tunnelling” through the concrete block wall from “the train room” he could extend into and along the back wall of the 3 and a bit car garage so to have all his modules set up at all times. As evidenced in the video, he did so and started on helixes at both ends of the layout in order to allow for a second deck for even more modules. However due to a change in employment, the train room work bench has become his new business venture work bench, and as his business is taking off, more work space is required, so much so, that the “train room” looks unlikely to continue to exist in that capacity!!
After I had applied the deck and bottom to the frame I cut two rectangular holes in the bottom and slipped in two pieces of .040” panel steel, cut to size, and using some silicone sealant affixed them in place. This was because I suddenly got an attack of the “clevers” and thought it would be a good idea, that by placing small magnets in the bottom of the loads, it would not only hold them in place but also make them removable. It’s just a pity I hadn’t thought of it at the appropriate time in the build process, it would have been a lot quicker!!
As for the actual loads, I think that one of the large ingot moulds, used to produce ingots of steel for amour plate, that the car appears to have been built to transport for in the first place would be appropriate. Though I have it on good authority that moulds that size, were unusual in that they were far larger than “normal” and would have created problems in processing into the final amour plate sheets.
My surmise is that perhaps the whole “big ingot” idea was one of those “bigger is better” ideas, a war time expediency, that actually wasn’t better. This could have explained why the car, in early 1945, the car was transporting “Jumbo” from Ohio to New Mexico, though again, acquisition of the car for “Top Secret” war work may have been viewed as far more important war work than the production of amour plate.
That said I don’t have any real desire to model “Jumbo” as this relates to a very specific historic episode, that wouldn’t fit into my proposed layouts mid-50s layout.
Now having the car still in service in the 50s may be a false premise because I haven’t been able to ascertain how long CISX 500 remained in service, part of the confusion may be because its reporting mark changed to USCX 500 at some time.
I would have also thought (a dangerous thing in itself ) that with the apparent reluctance by railroad companies to scrap any useful rolling stock unless they’re forced to by AAR or FRA rules, and being a specialist car, that CISX 500 / USCX 500 would have had a long working life, unless, of course, it proved to be too expensive to maintain in service.
However, on my fictional railroad the above doesn’t really matter, because CISX will be in revenue service, transporting (yet to be determined) oversize loads as required.
If anyone comes across new information regarding this car, please feel free to chime in.
Cheers, the Bear.