Assorted Freight Car Sampling
These are cars that have been built from kits, custom painted, specially weathered, or otherwise changed from box-stock condition.
CGW PS-1 93365. This is a stock MTL paint job, but the car was lowered, has body mounted couplers, and now rides on lo-pro wheelsets. The weathering was done with a simple black oil wash. I then painted the trucks and gave the tack baords a weathered wood appearance. The waybill attached to the tack board is simply a small square of masking tape.
This car started out as an Atlas 50' stockcar. I carved off the ladder on the left side and replaced the bracing strap with a wider one, as well as added a wire grab iron to that side. I then replaced the stir-ups with some etched brass pieces and put a MTL roofwalk on top. I get the stock paint job, except for removing the herald as printed. I added a placard and new Microscale herald in the correct postion. The last item I tackled was the door. I carved out the center section that is usually filled in on this model and put a new slat in its place. New X-bracing on the door was added with strips of 0.005" styrene. Bodymounted Z-scale couplers finished off the construction before a light black oil wash was applied. I also dry brushed some red at the roof eaves to simulate overspray on the galvanized roof. (This car is much closer to a CBQ prototype car, but still has the incorrect number of side slates... it will do for now though. = )
This car is a joint project of sorts. It began life as a Kato covered hopper (same as the one to the right). Chris Schmuck, an excellent modeler in Ohio, cut the car down lengthwise and heightwise for me. He also added new hatches up top. I was left with the easy task of renumbering to the correct series and touching up the paint on the new pieces. I then body mounted Z-scale couplers on it and weathered it with oils to simulate cement service. I really like this car a lot, its a good looking smaller car. (this car should have a small Erie herald on it as well, but I need to order one from CDS to finish the car off)
Inspired by a thread on the Atlas Forum, I grabbed this stock MT gondola and lowered it. I bodymounted the couplers and gave it a quick drybrushing of grime near the bottom of the car. I also painted to wood interior a different color, but it can't be seen in this photo. Thos MT gons and flats are the worst as far as heigh above the trucks. Lowering really improves their appearance.
This Soo Line box car was built from an Intermountain kit. It has been weathered with oil paints.
B&O Wagontop boxcar, built from Fine N Scale resin kit. Lightly weathered with oils.
The Trailer Train flat car was built from an Alan Curtis Models kit. The trailers are Atlas with corrugated sides added. Decals are from Oddballs.
The CGW hopper is a JnJ model, while the C&NW hopper is stock Atlas. Both have been brought to life with the application of a few oil washes and some rust streaks.
This ATSF Caswell gondola was built from a Fine N Scale kit. This car has successful run near the front of 40 car trains even though it is empty, has low profile wheels, and body mounted Z-scale couplers. I just don't understand why some people report so many problems with the low profile wheels and derailments with longer trains...
GN 6619 started out its life as a Micro-Trains car. Its roofwalk was removed and side ladders were cut down to match a photo of this same number car in Morning Sun's Color Guide to GN equipment. The car was then weathered, lowered on its trucks, had body mounted couplers installed and a modified side sill. And yes, it would be too much trouble to drop that brakewheel down on the end of the car. Tack boards were painted a gray weathered wood color. The waybill scrap is a small piece of masking tape, while the yellow bad order card is a piece of Tamiya masking tape. Looks like this car is headed back to GN for some repairs.