Brian and group-
I had collected photos of the Flexi-Vans for a N Scale project for a friend that did not get completed.
The only one I have an image with Rockwell High Speed Trucks of is a ATSF MarkV car. None of the NYC, MILW, CB&Q or IC cars have anything than some form of conventional roller bearing truck.
Which brings up a question on truck diagrams….
….does anyone have truck diagrams that cover the fifties to the end? My truck diagram book stops at ARA “Bettendorf” and Andrews trucks and I am wondering if any Chrysler Trucks were used on CB&Q equipment. I can’t lay hands on my later freight car diagram book and don’t recall if the truck diagrams were bound in with the freight cars. As far as I know the passenger car truck diagrams ended with the early shovelnoses as I’ve never seen anything post 1934-ish.
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Subject: Re: [CBQ] Holy Grail CB&Q Flexi-Van Black Hawk Photo
Did all the Flexi-Van flats have Rockwell trucks?
Don't know if it will help, but here's a Q Flexi-Van flat in Denver with two NYC containers to see if their herald plaque match those on the second container in the Black Hawk photo.
Every so often you find one of those "Holy Grail" photos. I just found one in the new Morning Sun book on Chicago Intercity Trains (I was at a train show). According to the caption in the book it is the Chicago-bound Black Hawk approaching St. Paul Union Depot (SPUD) in August 1969. You can barely make out the GN roundhouse behind the curve. It has a single E9A and right behind it is a CB&Q Flexi-Van flat with two side door Flexi-Vans. The first is clearly Burlington, but I think the second one is either MILW or NYC since it does not have the full BURLINGTON side board. Behind the Flexi-Van was a couple of Havelock baggage cars, then two smooth side silver passenger cars, then another car I can't make out..
I have been looking forever for confirmation of Flexi-Vans on Q trains between Chicago and Mpls-StP (since I have a couple of the Walthers cars) and this now confirms it happened at least once! But I would think this was maybe a regular occurrence? I did not buy a $60 book for one photo, but took careful notes. Does anyone have this book who could look at the photo and confirm, especially my thoughts on the second Flexi-Van trailer? Or does anyone have any further info on Flexi-Vans on the Black Hawk?
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