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railman28 Posted - 07/09/2019 : 10:35:06 PM
I am building a layout here, I might seem that all I do is build Steam Engines but, their is a modest model railroad being built too.
Here is part one;

This is the current track plan;

For the last two years I have been focused on build two detailed models of 1870's Moguls that are currently hard at work in 1886. The Girls works hard but are well maintained. I am using the wagon top Moguls of the Virginia and Truckee RR as my prototype drawing heavily from Engine number 4 and 13. In build these two engines I have been relying on 3D drawing and printing on a backbone of conventional model making techniques.

Let the fun continue...
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railman28 Posted - 02/25/2020 : 5:38:48 PM
Thank You Håkan.

masonamerican Posted - 02/22/2020 : 03:14:54 AM
Very nice flatcars Bob! Smart to build them in a assembly line fashion.

railman28 Posted - 02/18/2020 : 7:16:42 PM
Andre, Mike Thank you!
The Detroit cars (w/double pockets) will be for my railroad (representing our newest cars). The CP cars will be lettered for ether the Oregon and California or the Oregonian but I'm being indecisive.


Michael Hohn Posted - 02/18/2020 : 2:32:18 PM
Bob, Very nice!! Are you going to letter them all for your own RR?

OK Hogger Posted - 02/18/2020 : 09:39:36 AM
What a nice fleet of cars you're amassing/constructing there, Bob!

railman28 Posted - 02/17/2020 : 5:42:08 PM
I don't pull the line THAT tight Guys. Just snug.

I prepared the Central Pacific cars for painting;

Here are the painted and re-assembled trucks

And the finished cars;

I finished assembly of the two V&T Detroit flats;

These are Rio Grande Models kits (a two for one kit) and they are well designed and went together well but the instructions are flawed. The biggest problem was mounting the coupler blocks. I first mounted them on top of the frame which meant the couplers were too low and also interfered with the trucks. So I had to remove the blocks, shorten them so the couplers mount at the right depth from the end of the car, remove two of the frame beams and glue the blocks to the bottom of the deck. And, amazingly, the coupler are the right height and don't interfere with the trucks.

Michael Hohn Posted - 02/13/2020 : 09:05:16 AM
I did that with a set of cars I was building with styrene and ended up with cars with a hump in the center. I let out a humpback wail.

Bill Gill Posted - 02/13/2020 : 07:41:59 AM
Dave, I also use ACC to glue the ends of nylon truss rods to underframes, which have been plastic or white metal and haven't had any break lose.
I lightly sand the fishing line with fine grit paper except for the short stretch in the middle that will be visible in the center of th turnbuckles. I think the roughened line helps glue and paint adhere.
I don't pull the fishing line very tight after having the plastic frame warp on one flat car, just snug enough to stay straight. None have gotten slack.
railman28 Posted - 02/13/2020 : 12:58:28 AM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Smart way to do it.

Thank you Mike
Michael Hohn Posted - 02/12/2020 : 11:13:08 PM
Smart way to do it.
railman28 Posted - 02/12/2020 : 7:46:20 PM
Originally posted by deemery

How do you anchor the nylon truss rods?


Dave, beneath the body bolster there is a frame stud. I just drilled a .020" hole (the nylon line is about 0.016")and secured it with ACC. I put the lines in before adding the needle beams. After "threading" the turnbuckles I threaded the lines through those holes centering the turnbuckles, added the ACC and pulled the line tight until the glue set. Once the glue sets I added the needle point beams and the line gets nice and tight.

deemery Posted - 02/12/2020 : 7:16:52 PM
How do you anchor the nylon truss rods?

railman28 Posted - 02/12/2020 : 7:01:53 PM
Bernd, glad you stopped by and glad you enjoyed the visit. I appreciate that you find my humble effort encouraging.

I started some more flatcars. These are 30' Detroit Flats as used by the V&T. Kit #3114 by Rio Grande Models. I built them my way. That means I added all the detail parts before assembling the frame components and used Nylon fishing line for the trust rods instead of brass wire. I thought that I would share a picture of the naked frame with all their parts showing before I add the decks.

Bernd Posted - 02/11/2020 : 08:39:09 AM
Hey Bob,

I was out for a stroll and decided to stop by the workshop and see what's going on. Nice job on those flatcars. Interesting projects like your flatcars keeps me inspired to keep "tracking" along with my projects in hopes of getting to build some rolling stock, in brass maybe.

railman28 Posted - 02/10/2020 : 7:25:47 PM
That's a good idea Ryan. we'll see. Håkan, Thank you very much. Yes it is so nice to be able to print my own.


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