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Michael Hohn Posted - 10/25/2014 : 9:53:52 PM
With its shorter days and days off, this time of the year tempts the modelmaker to start new projects. I try to resist temptation by beginning the new year with fewer unfinished projects on my desk.

One that has gone unfinished for too long is my model of a Central of Vermont boxcar, actually a modified BTS laser kit of a PRR 28' boxcar. Today it went through the paint shop.



Next step: Art Griffin decals.
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Bernd Posted - 01/09/2020 : 9:47:48 PM
Michael check your PM.

Bernd
RyanAK Posted - 01/08/2020 : 09:05:24 AM
I'd be interested to know the era of the silk express cars. In the 1830s, cocooneries (yup... real word) were established at different locations on the east coast to raise silkworms. (This is also why mulberry trees were introduced to the US... silkworms eat mulberry leaves.) By the late 1800's, and certainly by the turn of the century, most silk mills were importing raw silk from the Far East (cheaper labor) to be dyed and thrown domestically. At least that's my understanding of the history here in PA, which had a LOT of silk mills... including the Eagle Silk Mill (a big one!) in Shamokin where my grandmother worked.



Bernd Posted - 01/08/2020 : 08:13:07 AM
If any of you are interested in scratch building a silk express car there was an article in the February 1965 MR, Gib Kenndy had an article on Cars for the Silk Express.

Bernd
Bernd Posted - 01/08/2020 : 08:07:47 AM
Model Railroader magazine had an article back in the 60's I believe on scratch building a silk express car. I'll have to dig it out once I find out what year that was. That is if anyone's interested.

Bernd
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/07/2020 : 10:34:40 PM
Interesting about the silk mills. Completely new to me. Thank you, Ryan.

Mike
brian budeit Posted - 01/07/2020 : 4:56:25 PM
From what little I know, live silkworms in cocoons were brought over from China, and express shipped from the west coast to the eastern silk mills. Pretty sure it was the Southern Pacific that had specific cars, that looked like short baggage cars, to carry the cocoons. If any of this needs correction, and someone can add to it, please correct me. Years ago an importer brought in a run of brass silk cars, all I've presented was from what was in the ad for the cars, at least what I remember.

brian b
RyanAK Posted - 01/07/2020 : 3:45:03 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lehigh_Valley_Silk_Mills

Big business in the Lehigh Valley.

Also... I learned that the process of producing silk is known as 'throwing'. So now I know that when I see a 'throwing mill' on a Sanborn map or on the side of a historic structure, it was part of the silk industry.

Here's the small mill in Lopez. Built in 1914. Nice model-sized industry.


RyanAK Posted - 01/07/2020 : 3:00:02 PM
https://sites.rootsweb.com/~pasulliv/sullivancountyfolk/scf2/lopez/lopez_text.htm

That website is pretty tricky to find in searches. Interesting reading, lots of photos, including the silk mill. Women labor force. I don’t know much about them either.

This one is mostly text.

http://lopezpa.com/lopez-history/
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/07/2020 : 2:35:19 PM
Ryan,

I noticed on the map you posted of Lopez PA that there’s a silk mill. It also appears to be a long narrowish building if we can believe the drawing. That’s a business I know virtually nothing about. Hmmm.

Mike
RyanAK Posted - 01/07/2020 : 2:00:03 PM
I'd love to know who the photographer is. His handwriting is distinct and you see his work from all over the region c.1897-1910-ish.
railman28 Posted - 01/07/2020 : 1:45:55 PM
Is it a Silk mill or Rilk('s) Mill? Ether way it"s a interesting building.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/07/2020 : 12:50:11 AM
Ryan,

I like the rustic-looking depots railroads built in tourist areas. And the silk mill is particularly interesting.

Mike
RyanAK Posted - 01/06/2020 : 7:01:59 PM
quote:
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

quote:
Originally posted by RyanAK

Every time I catch up on this layout I’m re-inspired... that my unlikely projects are in fact achievable. Well done, Mike.


Thank you, Ryan. I missed your post here or I would have replied earlier. I appreciate your kind words. You know, of course, that you’re encouraging my tendencies to go in weird directions. As my parents would say “You shouldn’t encourage him.”

Mike



Oh I’m encouraging you!! Ice house! Tannery with 4’ running of bark piles! Wood chemical plants! Lopez! The Dushore trestle accident! This!:



Or... (LVRR on the Branch near Ricketts)


Or... (On the LVRR in Dushore)
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/06/2020 : 6:36:05 PM
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Originally posted by Hawghead

Mike,

In the picture showing the North end of the wye, the main line comes off the middle switch and the wye ends in just a short stub track. Is that what the prototype did? I ask because if the mainline came off the end of the switch where the stub track is now, it would eliminate one switch and you could turn an entire train on the wye.
I
Scott


Scott,

Good question. I’m following a prototype track arrangement. I think the purpose is to turn locomotives. I don’t think whole trains need to be reversed. It’s a curious arrangement.

Mike
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/06/2020 : 6:21:10 PM
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Originally posted by RyanAK

Every time I catch up on this layout I’m re-inspired... that my unlikely projects are in fact achievable. Well done, Mike.


Thank you, Ryan. I missed your post here or I would have replied earlier. I appreciate your kind words. You know, of course, that you’re encouraging my tendencies to go in weird directions. As my parents would say “You shouldn’t encourage him.”

Mike

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