Re: [HOn3] Railline flat car.
- you might want to get a Rio Grande Models idler flat for either the pile driver OB or derrick IO. both are 6000 flats.
#3025 comes with Black stone trucks.
From: John Stutz <John.C.Stutz@...>
To: HOn3 <HOn3@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tue, Apr 2, 2013 11:21 am
Subject: Re: [HOn3] Railline flat car.
I agree with Jim regarding conversion to a D&RGW 6000 flat. You might want to
look for the old Grandt line kit for these cars.
Note that both the Grandt kit and any styrene scratch built truss rod flat will
need reinforcing to prevent its bowing up, if you use the recommended tight
nylon monofiliment truss rods. A couple lengths of code 55 rail glued
underneath the deck will go far to prevent this. The brass plate construction
that Jim has documented is a better choice, providing much needed wight, but
needs to be designed in from the start. Wooden model car frames are stiffer,
but still benefit from either form of reinforcement.
If you want to model a truss rod flat car produced by cutting down a box or
stock car, it is just a matter of adding a set of stake pockets to the Railline
kit. This kit models D&RGW cars that were cut down for idlers, so they did not
need stake pockets. But the C&S had at least one such conversion, of a steel
underframe house car, which was fitted with a full set of pockets for use as a
flat or coal car. There is a photo in the NG Pictorial on C&S cars.
Detail points: Most wood underframe flats had a set of pockets on the
intermediate sills, in line with the end pockets on each side, to support stakes
for a temporary bulkhead. These are rarely modeled, but can be done with a
square hole through the deck, watching out for wheel clearances. It is a good
idea to put two of the side pockets directly over the needle beams, allowing
longer stakes to be braced against the beam ends. Also, wooden house cars
depend on trusses in the side framing to partially support their load. This is
why the D&RGW 6700 flats were reinforced with rail. For conversion to a
regular flat car, such rail should probably go under the side sill rather than
on the deck.
On 04/02/2013 12:20 AM, Jim Vail wrote:
> That would be a tough project - much more difficult than scratch
> building the correct car!
> > On 04/01/2013 02:52 PM, Jeff wrote:
> > Can a Railline 6700 series idler flat be built into a 6000 series flat?
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- Thanks Jim, John and others.
I was looking for a cheaper way to get flat cars. Blackstone flats are getting harder to come by. I was curious if it could be done, having not seen one of the Rail Line kits in person.
I like the idea of using a Rail Line box or stock car kit as a start for a bash.
I want to have several flats with fresh cut lumber on them, such as seen on the southern end of the RGS.
- At 06:28 PM 4/2/2013, Jeff wrote:
>I was looking for a cheaper way to get flat cars. Blackstone flatsMicro-Trains HOn3 flats???
>are getting harder to come by.
Could be less (in terms of both model and cost) than a Grandt kit...
but I hear rumors their production is fading away. YMMV
Richard Brennan - San Leandro CA
- Jeff -
Using a boxcar or a stock car as the start for a flat car is still a lot
more work than simply scratch building a flat car from the beginning.
Flat cars are about as simple as it gets. You could build them 4 or 6
at a time. My article in the 2012 HOn3 Annual shows the basics of
scratch building a flat car. The 34' cars in my article were oddballs,
but the basics, the book references, and the Grandt Line part numbers
are all applicable to scratch building more common flat cars.
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> I was looking for a cheaper way to get flat cars.
> I like the idea of using a Rail Line box or stock car kit as a start
> for a bash.
- Thanks to all.
Now for some background. I wanted to ask because I had not seen a Rail Line flat kit my self, and I was not sure how different a 6000 series was from a 6700. I have a copy of the "Century plus 10" book but I loaned it to a friend so I could not look it up.
Today I went to my friends and looked at the book. He also had a Rail Line flat kit. Now I can see the difference. Had i known that the 6700 were built from box and stock cars I would have thought different. How ever after looking at the RL kit next to my BS 6000 flat I can see that the RL kit is slightly wider. To me It would seem that I could build a close replica of a 6000 flat, it would just be about 6"-7" to wide.
How ever I Agree that to do it right I will just have to build one myself.
Jim Thank you, I forgot I had the HOn3 annual with your article on your flat car build. I read it today, and I think Ill go the way you did. But I will be building 6000 flats.
Question did you use bass wood?
Also if you built one to run without a load how would you way it down?
- Jeff -
Yes, I used basswood for those flat cars - just seemed to be what I was
"into" at the moment. Certainly using dimensional styrene pieces for
the frame would also be very viable - but I personally would still use
wood for the deck - it can be distressed and realistically weathered so
And the big question - how to weight an unloaded flat car - the big
problem no matter what materials you are building width. I've had the
best luck starting with a 1/16" flat piece of K&S brass and building the
frame and deck around it. Of course the floor assembly will be thicker
than the prototype and I have ignored that by using thinner than
prototype center and intermediate beams. I did an article on these flat
cars way back in the Gazette and it may be the May/June 1988 issue. (I
haven't verified that by looking at my old issue.) The web site I use
to look up old Gazette article listings is
(The list said On3 flat cars but I think that's the one!) You should be
able to get an old issue from a dealer or possibly from benchmark Publishing
So, good luck on your cars and let me know if you need any more info.
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> Jim Thank you, I forgot I had the HOn3 annual with your article on
> your flat car build. I read it today, and I think Ill go the way you
> did. But I will be building 6000 flats.
> Question did you use bass wood?
> Also if you built one to run without a load how would you way it down?