I can see that I’m going to finish these flat cars with a little kit of jigs and templates. Hopefully when I go to dust them off one day, I will remember this series of posts. Here, for example, is the plan that shows how pieces of the frame are supposed to fit together. If another arrangement is chosen, then the stake pockets will not … Continue reading Flat car build plan
“Which drawer is it in?” She hollered from in front of the basement cabinets. “The one with all the party supplies!” I yelled from my comfortable perch beneath my book. The sounds of drawer slides and the abuse of soft-close pistons floated up from the basement. Oh for Pete’s sake, I thought, as I got up to help her find it. Well, I learned my … Continue reading It’s in the red drawer!
In order to get swappable loads, I need to not only get the stake pockets all aligned, but also the side sills the same distance apart and aligned relative to one another. I should count my blessings that these cars do not appear to have end pockets! I had thought that simply building all cars with identical side and end sills would achieve this … Continue reading Canonical flat car and load
I keep having to tell myself that all this work on the workshop is in fact work towards the locomotive. Finally this weekend, I managed to get the second cabinet finished to the point where it can be painted. Like the first, it is almost entirely made from scraps left over from my other projects. Consequently, some of the components are not what I would … Continue reading A second bench for the workshop
It is a strange fact that I have never scratchbuilt a flat car before. I clearly remember the Kalmbach book, Easy to Build Model Railroad Freight Cars, recommending that you should start out with a flat and work your way up to house cars; of course, I also clearly remember ignoring that advice and leaping in on a dustbin-fated hopper. However, what makes it stranger … Continue reading Towards swappable loads
Ellen Hood played flute in high school band across from me and my clarinet. Apparently, I was poorer than most kids at hiding my hobby as she found out about it, and introduced me to her dad, Tom. For several years afterward, I joined Tom’s work sessions on Tuesday evenings, I guess until I moved to Vancouver. Through all those years, a board with a … Continue reading Three flats is enough
It’s funny how jobs stack up. I needed to design the bolsters for the flat cars, which meant I needed to measure the truck bolsters, which meant that I had to find some trucks. These, along with most of my detail castings, live in one of the cabinets above the layout, and they’re a bit of a pain to get at. So, while I was … Continue reading Organizing the flat cars