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Question and Answers (Q&A) / HO Scale Monon Caboose
« Last Post by Robert Bowman on September 11, 2022, 12:37:21 pm »
Rapido is taking pre-orders on an HO model of what they are calling "Northeastern Style" cabooses. Although not an exact model of the Monon caboose, and not yet available in the Monon scheme, perhaps the next run will include the Monon. In the meantime, would love to find the Atlas Trainman version. Anyone wanting to part with one? Haha.
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by Robert Bowman on September 11, 2022, 12:23:14 pm »
Great photo, thanks for sharing. It's hard to see, but the B-unit directly behind the leading F3-A is running with the end where the porthole is closer to the ladder in the forward position.  This would be opposite to the end where the "F" indication is located.
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2022 Convention Photos and Discussion / 2022 CONVENTION Tour Update September 19, 2022
« Last Post by Rick Berg on September 11, 2022, 09:17:09 am »
Tour Change

'There has been a change in the address for the 2pm (Friday, Central Time) 9-16-2022 tour of the South Shore Shops. Please be prompt, we will start on time.
A map will be at the registration table at convention headquarters, by noon on Friday.
Any questions, call Ron Simunic 812.322.7306

The Shop Tour is set. It will start Friday at 2:00 PM Central Time at the front entrance of the Engineering Shop at 601 North Roeske (RESS-kee) Avenue. Roeske Avenue is the north-south street that goes OVER the South Shore Tracks, and the entrance to the Shops is on the east side of Roeske just north of the bridge. There should be plenty of parking in the parking lot because Friday is a "skeleton crew" day at the shops. Mr. Greg Yovich, the Director of Capital Projects - Mechanical, will be our host and will lead the tour. At the end of the shop tour we will go to the control center which is on Carroll Avenue, the north south street 0.25 miles west of Roeske, just south of the South Shore crossing and at the east end of the parking lot."
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by George Lortz on September 10, 2022, 12:05:43 pm »
This photo appeared on the MRHTS website today.  Not a very close shot, but it looks like an early A-B-B-A lashup on a freight train somewhere in southern Indiana.  The yellow paint color on the steps, etc. might indicate that it was taken shortly after the delivery of the F3s.

Still can't find many F3B photos.  I asked Ron Marquardt why that might be and, in his opinion, photographers just weren't interested in those units.  Not much glamor or something.  The MRHTS Photo Archives contains only a few shots of the F3Bs.

George L.



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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by Robert Bowman on September 09, 2022, 04:53:19 pm »
Come to think of it, it makes sense the B-unit would be run so its sand fillers were ahead of the trucks. Doh!
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by Robert Bowman on September 09, 2022, 12:10:29 pm »
Thanks for the replies to my question. On the Athearn Genesis F3 A/B set, the B-unit "F" is painted on the end where the sand filler is closest to the end of the car body. Also, in the Dozalls' book, the photo spread on pp. 162-163, shows the B-unit is running in that orientation, where the leading end is the one with the sand filler closest to the end.
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by George Lortz on September 04, 2022, 11:57:06 am »
It is rare hard to find photos of the Monon "B units that were numbered #61C - #65C and later #301 - #305.  The road numbers and "F" and hard to read even if you can find a photo.  I've been in an F3B unit and the hostler controls looked very hard to use and almost no visability for the operator.

George L.
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by Mark Johnson on September 03, 2022, 09:12:45 am »
F-Series B units do indeed have a 'front' end...like all other EMD locomotives, they had an 'F' on the designated front end. It's usually hard to see, especially since there are not that many good close-up photos of Monon B units. I don't know, but I would 'assume' that the hostler controls used to move uncoupled B's are located in the 'front' end.

That said, I don't know if Monon paid any attention to 'front' orientation when they coupled up B-Units. I never thought to look that closely at any photographs.

Mark J
Columbia MO
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Monon F3 B-Units
« Last Post by Robert Bowman on August 29, 2022, 03:45:54 pm »
Hello Again,

Was it Monon's standard practice to run freight F3 A-B consists such that the roof fans of the B-unit were towards the head end, or the other way around? Or did it matter?  (Or, do B-units have a dedicated front or rear?)

Thank you.
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Question and Answers (Q&A) / Re: Lafayette Railroads—not Monon
« Last Post by Rick Berg on August 29, 2022, 02:38:57 pm »
Someone correct me if I am wrong, but that should be the old Wabash RR.
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