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sport474

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D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« on: April 01, 2011, 01:22:13 AM »
D&RGW Authority for Expenditure 9237
February 1942

Description--Class 37--Freight Train Cars
Build 16 narrow gauge flat cars, 80 thousand pound capacity, 40 feet long, using secondhad parts from like number of old standard gauge 28000 series cars which are worn out and will be retired. Cars to be numbered 6510 to 6524.

Purpose and Necessity:
This will provide suitable flat cars for handling heavy machinery moving over our narrow gauge lines. Present flat car equipment is not strong enough to handle such shipments. We now have 18 narrow gauge flat cars in 6000-6098 and 6100-6111 series, which are all wood construction, worn out, and should be retired.

Detailed Estimate -- One car
Additions
Appraised value of underframes, air brakes, decking, etc. from retired 28000 series cars - 15,000 pounds @ 2 cents per lb.
$300

Material (New)
Trucks complete $650
Steel, rivets, bolts, misc. $93
Total Materials $743

Store expense $59
shop expense $34
Labor $342
Shop expense $51
Payroll tax (RR & SS) 6% of $@393

Total Net Cost, one car: $1.553
Total New Cost 15 cars: $23,295

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Re: D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2011, 09:06:04 AM »
Were these the steel framed fishbelly flats?
Bruce

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Re: D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2011, 09:11:24 AM »
Were these the steel framed fishbelly flats?

Yes, although the term fishbelly was never used by the D&RGW I guess it is a descriptive term.

Jerry Day

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Re: D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2011, 10:33:36 AM »
Jerry,

Thanks for getting back to me.  It is amazing to me how they were able to hold down costs by using parts from the older cars.  A good use of resources for sure.
Bruce

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Re: D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 10:02:33 AM »
Buy the way.  For those interested, Joe's Kwik Kits offered a model of the 6500 series flats (in resin, I believe).  Some are up for sale right now on e-Bay.  http://cgi.ebay.com/HOn3-JOES-KWIK-KITS-D-RGW-6500-SERIES-FLAT-CAR-3-PACK-/400208868614?pt=Model_RR_Trains&hash=item5d2e4eb506
Bruce

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Re: D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2011, 09:58:45 PM »
Actually, Bruce, Precision Scale also does this car in plastic.http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/585-10678

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Re: D&RGW 6500 series Flat Cars
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2011, 11:05:50 PM »
John,

The Precision Scale offering is probably a better model, too.  The Kwik Kits were advertised as good 'background' models.
Bruce