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 Posted: Thu Mar 17th, 2016 09:50 am
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Have any of you seen a mailbag hook modeled? I like contraptions and this seems to fit into my likes... :moose:



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 Posted: Thu Mar 17th, 2016 11:44 am
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Only seen them in print in model RR press.
Hey, reminds me, someone donated to our club some 1950s issues of Model Railroader magazine, in paging through them I am certain there was article with plans for building one.
If of sufficient scale, could even be operable.

Club meeting is this Saturday, my body might not cooperate, but I will go if I can. And while there, as an added bonus at no extra charge, I'll toss in a look for that article.



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 Posted: Fri Mar 18th, 2016 05:35 am
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please picture or scan the article



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 Posted: Fri Mar 18th, 2016 06:17 am
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As I recall the early fifty's there were some. Also have seen some Large Scale but I think they were home made.

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 Posted: Sat Mar 19th, 2016 11:56 am
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Hi all,
Not the US mail hook version in HO but Triang did and still has an operating accessory of the UK versions. Now travelling under the Hornby label

It had 2 ramps inside the tracks.
On one side of the centreline the the ramp engaged a striker on the car that opened the (catching "net". The train passed the hook at sped and the mailbage was caught in the "net". When striker the car cleared the ramp, a spring closed the "net with a snap and pelted the mailbag to the other side of the wagon where it waited until...

Another ramp on the other side of the centreline tripped a striker that flipped the delivery door open and ejected the mailbag at speed. If you had the lineside receiving bin in the correct spot, the mailbag was caught in the receiving bin.

I bought mine in the early 1980's. It was in BR crimson lake rather than the current GWR-based paint scheme Have a look at Hornby R4526 http://www.hornby.com/uk-en/railroad-night-mail-operating-mail-coach.html The lineside accessories, ramps and mailbags are included with the coach.

It was the full digital version - you loaded the mailbag on the hook with your mitts and picked the mailbags up from the receiving bin after their rail journey with your pinkies. :bg::2t:



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 Posted: Sat Mar 19th, 2016 08:59 pm
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That sounds like fun John. I'm off to look at it.



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The old Ken Kidder series of Harriman passenger cars had a brass HO scale model of a Southern Pacific (T&NO #193, I think) shorty RPO/REA car. I bought some of these passenger cars in the late 60's. This example has a mail bag grabber, although it looks like it was set up to work with the car facing the other direction.
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 Posted: Sun Mar 20th, 2016 10:26 am
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Hook is set for the car going to the left. The one on the other side should be pointing the other way. Jose.



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