In the last blog post (SP Jawbone Branch Part 3) I covered some photo analysis to sort out which kinds of freight cars I'll need for the basic operations of the Jawbone Branch.
|SP Mk-4 leads the Owenyo Local, probably near Cantil or Owens Lake - RW Please collection|
Note in the photo above the load of white ore/minerals in the first All-Steel SP GS-Gondola, possibly from one of the small ore dumps along the line. The other cars are probably also loaded from the SPNG trestle at Owenyo.
Let's quickly review this list as follows for a 'Typical' Owenyo Local consist of 10-16 cars:
- 4-5 SP Steel GS Gondolas (Red Caboose)
- 1 Black (lease or SP) tank car, probably with fuel oil - Possibly leasers such as SHPX, UTLX, UOCX, GATX, etc.
- 4-8 XM boxcars - generally a mix of mostly all-steel types after 1952, both SP and foreign car mix.
- 1+ SPMW water tank cars
Of course a major difference between modeling a train and modeling an operational layout is the fact that the operational layout will require more cars to cycle and make a 'normal' consist to appear on the layout each session. I'm figuring that at least two times the 'basic train' will be needed as the loaded cars and empty cars need to be swapped each trip which takes two days (3-trips per week) on the Jawbone. Figuring in cars being held for loading for multiple trips, I can see each Owenyo Local trip consisting of about 40% of the cars on the layout.
Also not all of the prototypical 13-16 car trains would be worked in the few towns I will be able to model, namely Owenyo. Lone Pine was also a fairly large town and traffic source/receiver for Standard Gauge cars. This may result in my 'typical' train being only 8-12 cars or something in that range, to have suitable work at Linnie, Bartlett, and Owenyo.
Upon closer inspection of several photos, I have been able to recognize several foreign boxcars of interest that I could model. Some rather interesting cars show up to which I wouldn't have expected. I wonder how many of these cars were sent to the Owenyo Branch from LA as empties vs caught by Bakersfield or Mojave on the way back home or if the cars were sent loaded to the Jawbone and were simply being grabbed again for a new load out of Owenyo.
SP GS-Steel Gondolas
|Red Caboose SP 151454 in service at Caliente, LMRC.|
The majority of the GS gondolas being used on the Owenyo Branch by 1952-55 it seems were the standard SP G-50-18/22 class cars. I have found one photo of the odd composite GS gondola (G-50-20/23 class) but generally composite cars were reserved for softer loads such as sugar beets and wood chips. The all-steel cars were used for ore and mineral service.
UP GS-Steel Gondolas
Interestingly one photo of SPNG 18 at Owenyo on an F-70-3 flatcar shows a UP 65k-series gondola in Owenyo.
|Red Caboose UP 65003 G-50-13 kit for standard UP car|
I'm not sure why there would be UP gonds in Owenyo. Possibilities that come to mind are Lumber, coal, coke, loading of materials (ore/minerals) off the SPNG to be sent off of the Jawbone back to UP territory? Sometimes photos raise more questions than answers! For now, I'm making the notes about what cars were there, not worrying so much about why they were there at the moment.
SP All-Steel Boxcars
I plan to have several All-Steel SP boxcars on the Jawbone Branch, as they do show up as the dominate car type in the 1952-53+ era photos. That said, I do plan to have some earlier classes of SP boxcar as well filling out the roster with composite cars including B-50-8/10/11, B-50-12 (gone in 1949), B-50-13/14, and the signature B-50-15/16.
I'll be covering the specifics of modeling these classes in a future post at some point. For now, let's look at the pre-war All-Steel cars, as they were the type photographed on the Jawbone Branch.
B-50-18 - 1750 cars
|Red Caboose RTR model of SP 32891, a B-50-18 class car|
SP 32770-33269 500 cars
SP 33270-33519 250 cars
I have a couple of these Red Caboose models to use as examples of this class. Wood lined with sharp 4/5 Dreadnaught Ends, Youngstown doors, and wood running boards. - Description excerpt from Anthony Thompson's Southern Pacific Freight Cars Vol.4 Boxcars.
B-50-19 - 1000 cars
|In-process SP 38542, renumbered and reclassed as B-50-19 from B-50-18 RC/IMRC RTR model.|
B-50-20 -1500 cars
|Red Caboose SP 84268, B-50-20 with black patch to the left of the door with "return when empty" data.|
This class can be made with RC's kits. This particular car is from the special run of 300 car kits for La Mesa Club in the 1990s with the special "When Empty Return to Agent Bakersfield, Calif."
SP 83240-83739 500 cars (Creco or Superior Doors)
B-50-21 - 2000 cars
|BLYM SP 82992, a B-50-21 class boxcar with minor redecalling.|
B-50-23 - 1744 cars
B-50-12A - Rebuilds
Foreign Line Boxcars
Another option to model the NP car is the Branchline Yardmaster series kit 8013 which I bought around 2003-2004 which is NP 17182 which shows a built date of 5-41. The BLYM kit doesn't have the slogan below the herald.
Unfortunately, the photograph quality doesn't allow me to read the car number on the end, it is pretty clearly a 15-16k car number. The photo is about a 7/8 end view, so I can make out that the NP car in question does have the slogan painted on the carside below the herald. While I'm not currently planning to model every exact car that I have a photo of on the branch, I at least take the hint of what cars did show up. Given the IMWX car is closer with the slogan, I'll probably use that car in this case.
OWR&N 188300-189299 (UP subsidiary)
|Red Caboose OWR&N 189095 kit, similar to the car photographed at Owenyo in the early 1950s.|
PRR All-Steel Boxcar
|Branchline Blueprint-series X43B boxcar, built-up kit in service at LMRC in 2011.|
PRR Boxcar (Alternate Options)
|Atlas X26C USRA rebuild boxcar - not yet weathered.|
|Red Caboose PRR X29 boxcar, a little worse for wear.|
This is one of Red Caboose's famous X29 kits. I started buildign this kit many years ago. When I finish it, the Owenyo branch should give it a good home as almost every layout in the USA from the late 1920s to the 1960 timeframe should have an X29 on it. About 2/3s of the X29s were upgraded with new bodies above the floor into X29B, which looked more like AAR boxcars, save the narrower frame sidesills from the original X29. I may end up kitbashing one of these X29Bs at some point. They have also been available in resin.
NYC "Standard" Boxcar
|BLI's version of NYC's "Standard" boxcar which competed with X29 for the ARA standard in the 1920s.|
While I've not found a photo of it, if a PRR boxcar went somewhere on the SP, chances were that an NYC car also went there at some point. The BLI model of the NYC's 'standard' boxcar is not a bad choice. I'm also planning to redecal a BLYM car as one of the NYC's all-steel boxcars based on the pre-war (1937-1941) boxcars.
ATSF All-Steel Boxcars
|Kadee ATSF 31564, new 1950 - LMRC 2011 photo|
Again IMRC, IMWX, or RC 1937 AAR cars will work for modeling these cars in the 38k series or a 138k series car. I also have several BLYM series kits for BX-27 class cars. I'm uncertain which kit I will be using on the Owenyo Branch versus building for operations at LMRC.
I'm sure there were other foreign road boxcars that traveled the Owenyo branch which will justify operations of some of my other boxcars. A Seaboard Air Line car photographed at Bartlett shows that there certainly could have been some other esotaric cars on the Jawbone. Several cars that are in the background of the photos are too dark or weathered to positively read their reporting marks or recognize the owner.
of the foreign cars on the line were probably also freight forwarders and LCL shipments to the branch. Some would have been empty cars sent for loading for off-SP destinations, with the empties either 'captured' as they went past Mojave by the Agent, or specificly sent to the Mojave Agent for distribution to Monolith on the KI Local, Palmdale and the Mojave desert on the "Blitz" Local, or to the Jawbone's traffic generators on the Owenyo Branch or the Trona Rwy.
|Loading of Freight Cars, as published in 1953 ORER Register. |
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