Did anyone here personally know Fred Baumgarten, the creator of the original RibbonRail track gauges and rail-cleaning cars?
I bought an F7A from his daughter 1 1/2 years ago on EBay. It was filthy, dirty, and badly corroded underneath, but was a twin-motor model that looked like a good restoration project, so I bought it. The man was an excellent scale engineer! This model weighed 1lb. 9 Oz., and I found out why! Fred had hand-cast a full-length lead weight for the shell, as well as a one-piece lead fuel tank weight. I completely disassembled it, cleaned everything, repaired the motor trucks, and put it back together exactly the way he built it. I have 9 before & after photos, but I still have not made a website listing suitable for posting them here yet. I suspect he customized this F7 to test-pull his early track-cleaning prototypes, as they were heavy and probably had a lot of drag to them. Would anyone wish to have this as a restored running RibbonRail/Fred Baumgarten keepsake? Perhaps anyone who is a collector of his original track-cleaner car series?
Ok, I can sneak photos in 1 at a time as my profile pic, lol!
Pleas send me E-mail info if you would like the full-sized 9-pic series.
Of course, how much to price it at and how much someone is willing to pay would be out of my pay grade. But I'd say there would be a collector here or out there somewhere that would love to have it.
You HAVE to post pics though!
Yes, I know about posting pics...I'm still dragging my feet on that....i hate all the registering and transferring...arrrg! I hadn't really thought of a price, really. I just wanted to restore it, and now I would like it to belong to someone who knew Fred, or at least is an avid aficionado of his work. I bought one of Fred's rail gauges back in 1980, but I never new him personally. Restoring this F7 has given me insight into his dedication and skills of the hobby, though! It think belongs in a RibbonRail collector's case with his 4 variations of track-cleaning cars, but I haven't got any of those either, lol! I had even thought of making such a collection and presenting it to his daughter in appreciation for her father's contribution to the hobby, but maybe that's being a little too eccentric, i don't know. I just thought I would toss the idea out there for anyone knowledgeable. - Graves
I purposely made no attempt to alter the appearance of the paint or lettering. I wanted it to be clean, repaired, and fully functional, only. All the couplers and hardware and modifications are the ones Fred installed himself. I did invert the plate cover scews he installed, it was easier for me to hold the nut at the top rather than the bottom. And apparently I reversed the direction of the horns, too. Oh well, nobody's perfect, least of all me, lol!
My thanks to "Bull" for helping me post and link the photos, as I have yet to make my own url account!
Wow,that cleaned up nice, before reading I thought you repainted it! NICE!
Initially I had considered using one of many pristine shells that I already had, but then it wouldn't really be Fred's would it? I washed it with dish detergent, a sponge, and a toothbrush, and decided "original with wear" was perfectly fine, lol!
Post by frankenstein on Apr 23, 2019 18:20:05 GMT -5
OK, here's some information straight from the horses mouth about the Baumgarten F7, as found in Railroad Model Craftsman from March of 1962. The reviewer/author is the renowned Bill Schopp.
These four photos are directly from the publication, which I own.
The OP's artifact appears to be a Baumgarten equipped F7 or a prototype, but it certainly bears a strong resemblence to the pictured unit. Note the cleaning pad below the fuel tank, which would explain the cast insert that was mentioned, and the dual MU drive no doubt was required to reliably propel this contraption. The CP markings could be unique to the pictured subject, or could have been standard for a Baumgarten F7, which can only be speculation at this point.
The model appears to have provenance, and if so would elevate it from a collectible oddity to a noteworthy historical piece. My suggestion would be to carefuly re-orient the horns, and re-fit era correct Tyco couplers to conserve this unique piece correctly.
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