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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 3

Jerry Hamsmith and his group share an alternative AB brake system installation for the Resin Car Works NYC gondola kit.

Two of the group members decided to do the extra work to follow the AB drawings that were part of the NYCHS shared material. See the Kit Extras instruction files on the RCW website for all of these drawings.

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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 2

Here’s part two from Jerry Hamsmith and his group building this recent Resin Car Works kit.

The AB brake system for this car is if nothing else, interesting. The drawings for the New York Central gondola, provided by the NYCHS, show a number of additions to the normal brake rod arrangement. The original drop doors required them to not be the normal straight line connections. Additionally, the reservoir and the control valve are next to each other on the same side of the car. This was likely due to the most convenient arrangement when converting from the original K brake system.

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