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Kadee skeleton log car road markings

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Kadee skeleton log car road markings
Posted by Lastspikemike on Sunday, May 2, 2021 11:58 PM

Nearly finished this old NIB kit (came with Kadee #15 couplers, wonder why those went extinct, not!). 

It occurs to me that maybe most of these cars had no road name or numbering. Just boxcar red or brown paint.

Would a lumber company bother to mark any of these? 

Kadee makes three styles of log carrier and of course the one type was just trucks with bunks so nowhere to place names or numbers.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Monday, May 3, 2021 2:20 AM

Lastspikemike
Would a lumber company bother to mark any of these? 

 
It would appear that in some cases, yes.
 
 
 
Cheers, the Bear.Smile

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Posted by Lastspikemike on Monday, May 3, 2021 8:06 AM

Thanks. I tried a google search first but I guess I asked the wrong question.

Kadee's kit looks just like the Seattle Car drawings and photos.

The Rivarossi model looks so similar it seems that maybe the designs were very much the same across the industry at the time.

Also answers another question about painting. Looks like tops of the timber  "skeleton" were commonly unpainted wood.

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Posted by 7j43k on Monday, May 3, 2021 9:31 AM

For a stand-alone logging company that doesn't interchange its rolling stock, numbers on equipment are necessary if they're doing serious maintenance practice: "Flat number 14 needs brake work."

Company name would just be for promotion, since all the rolling stock would be owned by the company.  

I suppose an exception could be if they leased items from a different company.  Then, for example, the maintenance numbering could overlap.

 

 

Ed

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