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    Default Southern Railway (Not NS) DPU cars

    Friends,

    I am in the process of creating 4 routes that contain lines on which remote control locomotive consists were
    routinely used in the 1965-1980 period. At that time, the electronic equipment was very cumbersome,
    large, and heavy. Certain locomotives, mainly SD-35 and GP-30 types were equipped with racks in the low
    nose to house the equipment and a display was mounted atop the control stand. By 1967 50 locomotives
    were so equipped and 50 remote control DPU cars that were built by Berwick Forge & Fabricating as I
    remember the builder. (It was Berwick ? ?) The cars looked like short boxes on roller bearing freight
    trucks and were approx. 40' in length, and the height of boxcars of the period. Entrance was through
    end doors. Color was boxcar red and after about 1970 the roofs were painted white to reduce the
    inside temperature. I would appreciate it if some one would create one or more of these and here
    is a link to photographs of them. Ignore the one with F-M trucks, this series was retired when the BFF
    cars came on line.

    https://ncrails.com/2019/11/27/south...ay-radio-cars/

    J. H. Sullivan (landnrailroader)

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    The Berwick production book lists an early order for 50 "40-foot, 70 ton air brake slave cars". No mention of date or car number series, two data points which were tracked on later Berwick orders.

    http://dgcasdor.ipower.com/sitebuild...iles/fcj50.pdf

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    Like these?

    By special request, A Bonus to the BLW/ZT Southern Rwy Pack
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    No, what you see there is one of the early cars. There were only a few of these which were built using
    retired locomotive frames. At least a few used EMD trucks like is shown in the picture and others
    used former Fairbanks-Morse frames & trucks. These were badly problematic. One of the FM cars
    caused a very expensive derailment near Dallas, GA by rocking too much. Never forget that one, it
    was in April 1968 when my wife was nearing the launch pad for #2 son, but on the SR JOB WAS
    ALWAYS FIRST, PREGNANT WIFES LAST. I sweated bullets but did get back home before the big
    event.
    The BFF cars were in the 9059** series.

    J. H. Sullivan

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    Default Southern Railway (Not NS) DPU cars

    905900, 905930 and 905939 are also in the set. Two different Southern paint schemes as well as NS 905947. Scroll down .

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    Last edited by rfranzosa; 11-06-2021 at 03:04 PM.

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    Where is the Southern Railway set that has to be purchased in order to get these cars or am I misreading or overlooking something?

    CSX FAN

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    Default Southern Railway (Not NS) DPU cars

    Link below:

    http://www.valleypass.com/Sales/Southern.htm


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