As luck will have it, Jerry Stewart gave the project a big boost by providing the image shown above. It solves one of the big unknowns in the build. The roof hatch is a slightly different design than I was expecting. The hinge support timbers are rather conventional but the hasp on the hatch is different than most reefers.
The hinge support timbers were made from HO 6″ x 8″ styrene stock. I added a 6″ long strip and a 10″ long strip to either end to create an 8″ x 8″ timber with a notch. There is a square bolt at the far end that is countersunk so that it is nearly flush. I made a little fixture to mount the timber to the roof.
The hinge assembly is made up of .010″ by .060″ strips with a .050″ styrene rod for the rotating part of the hinge. I added MacLeod Western 1″ nuts to the hinge plates.
The grab irons and corner grab were made from .0125″ phos bronze. I added MacLeod Western grab iron ends. You can get the MacLeod parts from Coronado Scale Models in Phoenix or Foothill Model Works.
The following words are from Jerry Stewart and are very helpful providng some operational and technical data on the Wilson wood sheathed reefers.
Let me see if I can help you with some information and call-outs. See the little chain and hook meant to
I would to thank Jerry Stewart for providing the Library of Congress photo and the narrative.
Happy Fourth of July and happy Canada Day to our friends to the north.