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Some new decals coming

The other day on my blog , I made mention of a couple of decal sets coming for the PRR F29 & F33 and SP F-70-6 & -7 flat cars that relate to ongoing projects I have posted about there.

There are also two other decals sets that will be released at the same time, as soon as they arrive from the printer. They are:

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D155 – Soo Line 75800-series ‘1937 AAR’ auto box cars that will be offered separately or paired with P101 doors and Klasing hand brakes. These decals feature the excellent artwork of Ken Soroos.

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D156 – Southern Pacific GS gondolas, including G-50-15, -16, -18, -20, -22, and -23. There will be a ‘scorecard’ included in the instructions to make sense of all the lettering on the set as it is very comprehensive and will letter six cars and also includes all new jumbles of reweigh and repack locations and dates. There will be a follow-on set for wood chip and beet cars.

These sets plus the two referenced above will be available by the beginning of April.

The Railroad Freight Service

There was recent post on Tony Thompson’s excellent blog, Modeling the SP, titled Waybill posts collected, that references a compilation of waybill posts on the blog into a single document, courtesy of Mike White. It’s a valuable resource, as is Tony’s blog, too. It got me thinking about a book that I have had for a number of years that could be looked at as something of a handbook to would-be freight railroaders, prototype or model. To quote the preface, “This book has been written primarily to be of assistance to officials and others in the railroad service, and to those in charge of the traffic and transportation activities of industries. It describes in detail the railroad freight services, freight traffic rules and practices, and the organization of the several departments by which the services are performed.” Sounds like what many of us are striving to do. The book is titled, The Railroad Freight Service. The images here show the table of contents and a couple of examples of forms included in the book. The hard part is locating a copy….