since I was still unsure which style of caboose to build, I’m glad to present first progress on the caboose this week. During research for the sand & gravel car in the West Side Lumber Co. book, I spotted old WSLC caboose #2 with its diagonal bracings on the outside. This car looks something special and will be used as inspiration for my shorter version.
Let’s start with the basic timber construction. The timbers were cut on the bandsaw. First I thought that 4x4mm might be to thin, so I cut them to 5×5. Later I realized, that 4×4 would have been better. Anyway, next time I may remember and choose the correct size.
If I’m in need for multiple pieces with the same length, I use to bundle them together with sticky tape and cut them in one go.
The timber frames were glued together on a sheet of backing paper, since the white glue will not stick to it and the finished parts can be removed easily. The assembled segments are then glued to the car frame.
Last part for today is the cupola on top. Next week, I’ll start to cover the frame with boards and install first details as well.
For the third car, I choose a prototype from the famous WSLC, sand & gravel car #276. All strips and timbers were cut on the bandsaw and glued together to build up the super structure for this one.
Last of the new cars is the caboose. I’m still looking for some ideas how to build the body on the new caboose. Let us see next week, if I could find some inspiration.
Let’s continue with a water car, to supply logging camps and steam donkeys with fresh water, in case there’s no natural source nearby.
The tank comes from an old Faller E-train tank car. The size was just perfect, but the tank lacks a lot of details. Finally, no issue for a passionate model maker like me. First, I removed some pipe attachments and closed holes and gaps with filling putty.
Next, I added pieces from self-adhesive foil to represent different layers of metal sheets. Such a tank car has to be riveted, which is shown by small brass nails. This work took some while but will look great once the tank is painted black. I also added a piece of round steel to lift up the filling hatch.
To keep the tank in place of the flat car, I added a timber frame with NBWs. Final detail are scratchbuilt valves, water hose and a ladder. Once the tank got painted and finally mounted to the flat car, I’ll add some tie-down-straps as well.
Let’s see what will happen to the third flat car.
During the past two weeks, I made the chassis for my new freight cars. Now I’ll start with the superstructures for each of them car by car.
The first car I made is a blockcar to haul firewood and wood blocks to the camps or steam donkeys. They were not only used for firewood, but also as stop blocks when loading logs. My model is inspired by a car used by the Diamond & Caldor Railway.
As on the frame sills, I cut all timbers from scrap wood. NBWs & hardware are Ozark parts with some pieces of brass as well.
So, first car done, next will be a water tankcar.
Next step is to bring the car frames onto wheels.
I got a couple of die-cast trucks with real springs, originally made by Regner many years ago. Those are the same as on the other cars. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the same wheelsets, so I mixed in another brand. All parts got a bath in browning fluid before assembling.
One pair of trucks got additional brake gear added from Ozark-parts. They will be used under a new caboose later.
Before I started to glue on the hardware parts to complete the frames, I decided to sand of the wrong wood-stain, which worked astonishing well.
Now I can start with the super structure for each car.
since my very-large-scale projects are finished, I’ve time to add some more cars in regular-large-scale to my roster, talking about 1:20,3-scale.
My Louise Valley Lumber Co. is going to install a logging camp up in the mountains and is in need of some additional freight cars to serve the camps.
The basic frame is made from 4mm plywood. All timbers for the frame are cut from scrap wood on the bandsaw.
The basic construction is the same as on the existing cars. This way they will match nicely into the roster once finished. The mounts for the trucks are made from brass and other metal parts.
The slots for the Kadee couplers were cut afterwards on the mill to center them correctly. I finally applied some wood-stain, but grabbed the wrong color. It might be to dark for later weathering, as I like to finish them the same way as the other cars.
another week has passed and here’s fresh painted Gondola #17 ready for first service.
I also made a couple of stakes for my flatcars. the short ones are used as stop blocks when hauling logs on the flatcars. I made 20 of them, to equip each car with 4 such stakes.
To make things easier, I used ready cut square-timbers and “dowel-glued” them to twigs. This went much faster then trying to cut the twigs to matching size.
Additional, I made a full set of long stakes.
Having completed my Flatcars rebuilds, I’ll switch back to the smaller large scale, meaning 45mm gauge. I’ve some new equipment for the Louise Valley Lumber in the works and I also plan a new loco-building-project starting this summer, incl. a whole new railroad company.
While the flatcars are done, it’s time to start another project, which got postbonded several times in the past. Building a set of Gondola walls to fit on one of the flatcars.
So I ordered screws and nuts and bought some timber from the DIY store. Usually I cut my own timbers from cheap roof battens. Anyway, I couldn’t wait to start so I spend some money and bought ready cut timbers :-)
The side walls are hold by the new stake pockets while the end walls are guided in channels at each end of the sidewalls. This way it’s easy to remove the walls if I’m in need of another flatcar and they will need small space for storage.
I’m so happy with the look of the new car, that I immediately decided to build another set. I should have enough material on stock.
within the last days, I finished the upgrade on all flatcars.
In between, I spend a day at the club layout in Karlsruhe to run a short freight train with Shay #2. Together with a good friend, we made point-to-point operation on single track with halfway passing siding and time table. It was a lot of fun and I look forward to tell more about this after one of the next sessions.
after upgrading the old disconnects with functional brakes at the beginning of the year, I decided to spend an upgrade on the flat cars as well.
The design was quickly created from a few roof battens and hardware from the DIY-store. Especially the origin stake pockets didn’t fit well, especially since I changed the scale. So I made a new, more prototypical design in 3D and ordered them printed in PA-plastic as I did with the brake shoes.
I started with painting the new parts in freight-car-brown. A bigger challenge was to fond the correct spacing as well as the final rebuild of the cars. First I removed the old pockets and screws. I plugged the holes with wood dowels and painted them over.
Since the deck boards are wider than the frame. I had to made cutouts above the new pockets. Fortunately, this was easy doing with a Japanese saw and fretsaw.
The new holders, now 6 on each side, were then assembled with short bolts and square nuts. The difference is significant and the cars won by character and prototype-plausibility.
The other 4 cars will be converted next. Afterwards, I might start with a set of Gondola-sides for one of the flatcars which is on my wish-list for a long time.