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From: "William E DOT Botkin" webotkin AT ecentral DOT com
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 15:55:36 -0700
Subject: Boonton RPO-Baggage
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Mike and all,

Since Mike DelVecchio brought this topic up, I thought I would post a photo
of the Railworks model of the Boonton Baggage/RPO that Mike referenced.
There are couple of other prototype photos in Lackawanna in Color vol. 1
page 69 and Lackawanna in Color vol. 2 page 66.

Regarding that particular car, does any one have details on what trains on
the Sussex Branch it may have been typically used on? Was the RPO section
used for mail into the 1950s?

The model comes with separate grills for the RPO window, which I attached
with ACC (see model photo) and appear to be in place on the vol. 2 photos
referenced above, but no the B+W photo that was previously posted. Also,
the model came with two mail catcher arms, but I have not seen a photo with
these mounted. I can only assume that the catcher arms were used quite
early and was removed when it entered service on the Sussex Branch.

Finally, for any who own this model or other Railworks Boonton cars, I found
that the supplied trucks did not roll well and shorted out on the underbody
piping and details. The Walthers 4-wheel Pullman Standard trucks (part
#1077) work quite well, though you have to replace the bolster with the
alternate one supplied and insert a washer in the opening to work with the
existing shouldered metric bolster screw and spring. Alternately, you can
retap the bolster screw opening for an English thread screw.

William E. Botkin
Centennial, Colorado

----- Original Message -----
From: "MDelvec952"
To: "EL Mail List"
Sent: Saturday, December 20, 2008 1:01 PM
Subject: Re: (erielack) Passenger Car Shots

> So you were the guy who outbid me...
> These were rebuilt from Boonton Line coaches 635, 636 and 637 at Kingsland
> Shops in 1932. These were in the group 1818-1820 and were produced in HO
> Scale in brass by Railworks back when they imported the Boonton Line
> coaches.
> Retired now, Charlie Lehman was great to work with and was never afraid of
> offering various versions of a basic car. He always liked the coaches, so
> he was willing to do the bags, combines and the lone RPOs in that series,
> not to mention the series in the photo that survived into EL merger in
> striped paint. That was a long project, and expensive when it came in.
> Which brings me to a question that I'll send under separate cover.
> ....Mike
> In a message dated 12/20/08 14:35:55 Eastern Standard Time,
> writes:
> Was this car built new this way or was it
> converted from a passenger car.
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