Daniel sold the last remains from the FCALV models few weeks ago, and I managed to get some unfinished prototypes, parts etc. Now I'm about completing two passenger cars, and I tried to make some handrails. I used simply .020 spring wire and handbrake wheels from Foothill Model Works.
Because you know a lot more about american railroads than me my questions are:
Does it generally look right or is something missed?
Is the axle of the brake wheel fixed at the handrail (some kind of bearing etc)?
Because the car has end doors, the end hand rail would likely be two separate handrails with a space between them so that passengers could walk from one car to another coupled to it, without climbing down to the ground.
Some times there was a short piece of chain across the gap, to discourage passengers from doing this when the train was in motion, which the conductor would unhook when the train was in the station.
Also, (so that it wasn't in the way of the above) the brake wheel would have to move towards the steps.
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The car in the picture I posted earlier is from a Brazilian 2ft 6" gauge mineral line. This is what it looked like as recently as 1982
I'd guess it was about 6ft -6ft 6 inch wide.
What I was trying to find when I found this was Thor Windbergs photo site on the 2ft gauge Perus Pirapora line which has several good photos of the passenger cars there, including one in a similar state. These are quite small, probably near 5ft width.
As it happens I'd been researching the same information a couple of weeks ago when I was doing my own cars so it was fresh in my mind.
I ended up doing a simplified version myself.
I rather think there are more people who have seen some sort of approximation on models than know what it should be like in real life. The approximations are becoming accepted as what it should be like rather than the real thing.
So what ever you do most people will be happy.
Incidentally, the restored passenger car on the Perus Pirapora line does seem to have a some simpler arrangement, but I've not been able to find any good clear views of it. It could be this has been changed in the restoration or because I very much suspect it's a home built one - it's got very few windows and is on freight trucks rather than passenger ones.
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