tab on car system - repost
During yesterday’s conversation about tab-on-car systems I posted on the subject but I’m not sure it went through. Just in case, here it is again (with one correction):
Just for the record, I only saw the tab system used on one other railroad: Ed Ravenscroft’s Glencoe Skokie Valley lines. It was a predecessor of John’s but I don’t recall any details from my only visit. Nor were tabs yet in use on the G & D on those few visits I made in ’61. (Note: I’m not positive that John wasn’t already using the tabs but I don’ remember seeing them).
After retiring from his executive position at Abbott Labs, Ed moved to the Phoenix area - some high-end gated community, where he had a separate building for the layout. A search <ed ravenscroft model railroader> shows that he originated the tack system in the mid-60s and that there was an MR article about it in July of ’65.
One of the many links on the above site is to this youtube video: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2arI_62QrYI>
He was an interesting guy and MMR #7. I haven’t looked at the site in depth yet (there’s a lot of material there), but I believe he was one of the founders of the NMRA.
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