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Coal Pusher

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I'm assembling a 19-teens/early 1920s-era USRA, twin-bay, 55-ton hopper car. I've got the split-K brake cylinder, cylinder lever, triple valve, air reservoir and their interconnecting piping in place. Now I want to install the rods, floating lever(s) and hangers on the underside of the car, but I haven't found diagrams or photos to show the correct arrangement and attachment points for these parts. Diagrams for flat-bottom rolling stock are easy to find. The lever/rod/hanger placement is pretty straightforward since there are no intervening bays. I've got a search request into the Museum of Trans. in Kirkwood, MO (it has AC&F car diagrams), but that effort is taking quite a bit of time. The library at the IL Railway Museum in Union, IL may have pertinent drawings/diagrams, but scans of those are expensive (~$15-$25 each).

Anyone have another idea of where I could find such a diagram?

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