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    • July 23, 2017 11:55 AM EDT
    • Nice Work, Eric

      I took the easy way out and hunted down a bunch of LGB 4043 tippers, since I am retired and simply do not have the time to do all the great hand work you do!  ;)



    • July 23, 2017 11:22 AM EDT
    • Those look great running in a string behind your steamer. 


      I had to look closely but they look to be coupled with link and pins?

    • July 22, 2017 9:38 PM EDT
    • Great always.  Fun to watch.   Thanks


    • July 22, 2017 9:19 PM EDT
    • Neat project. I was looking at headline of plywood tipper cars and thinking, why would someone use cars to tip plywood?

      Ya gotta love English's subtle ambiguities.

    • July 22, 2017 8:44 PM EDT
    • Eric Schade said:
      I loaded them with ballast and they track better..........  empty they are very light and trail along fine as long as the track is smooth and stick free, if not they scatter like chickens!

      Sorta, kinda like the real thing.

    • July 22, 2017 3:47 PM EDT
    • here is a little video of them in operation this afternoon.

      They run well.  I loaded them with ballast and they track better though my little SD Warren engine huffs and puffs a bit.  empty they are very light and trail along fine as long as the track is smooth and stick free, if not they scatter like chickens!

    • July 22, 2017 10:28 AM EDT
    • Very interesting build. I like it.

    • July 21, 2017 8:33 PM EDT
    • Nice build! Fun to follow along.


      I've been using as a place to put pix (here's my tumblr blog for the djgrr).  It is free, I post there (as a blog), click on the image I want to use, then copy the image URL for use here (right click on the image to copy the URL or "image address"). Tumblr has been a reliable place to put stuff for a while, so I don't expect it to disappear.  And it is free (i.e. ad supported, but you won't see ads in the pix you post here).


    • July 21, 2017 8:12 PM EDT
    • Either you buy some more space from Bob or takes your chances with on off site storage service... Photo bucket isn't recommended ... unless you have deep pockets.

    • July 21, 2017 8:05 PM EDT
    • Dang--Have I run out of storage in both my freight shed AND my albums?  now what?

    • July 21, 2017 8:04 PM EDT
    • the basic chassis is done...

      these weird looking bits become the brackets which hold the tipper tub

      stacked pieces of 4mm plywood for the tub ends ready to cut

      sawing out the tub ends, enough to build two cars

      these little bits are what supports the tub in the brakets

      scrap aluminum is marked and cut to size in my old paper cutter

      the top edges are bent over to make a stiffener

      the middle is bent in a curve to match the bottom of the tub ends

      assembly starts with small brads driven through the aluminum into the edges of the ends


    • July 21, 2017 6:24 PM EDT
    • the Museum has had several of these cars rattling around off in the weeds or behind the section house but the last couple of weeks we put this one to use.  It is a small car...24" gauge, 30" wheel base, 14" wheels, the hopper is 5' wide.  This is the type of car a small earth products operation might use or a construction job.  the car is a "Koppel" which I think is a German outfit that licenced this type of car to US and other countries manufacture in a variety of sizes and gauges.

      I wanted a string of these for my little 7/8th scale steam locos to pull.  LGB, Bachman, Hartland and others make or made some nice ones which would do, but they are hard to find and cost bucks.  I have lots of scrap stuff that needs to be used up.  I found some wheel sets cast off when I got metal wheels for some of my old cars.  I have a large supply of scrap high quality marine plywood from my boat building projects.

      the frame and journal boxes sawn out of 6mm (1/4") plywood.  I stacked several peices of plywood and sawed them together on my band saw...remember I want a string of them!

      the two halves are glued together with "doublers" which also serve as the coupler and buffer block.

      brass tubing serves as the journal bearings.  inserted into the wood, sawn off then opened up with a center punch and a tap from a small hammer.


      glued together with super glue

      old wheels inserted...more to come

    • July 22, 2017 8:03 AM EDT
    • i like this


      looks great!

    • July 19, 2017 6:29 PM EDT
    • That's what I thought but wanted to verify

    • July 18, 2017 8:06 PM EDT
    • dieseldude . said:
      I'm looking at purchasing an old K-Line wooden reefer in memory of a good friend (I'm buying it completely for the graphics on the car).

      What type of couplers and wheel sets are you gonna put on it when it arrives?

    • July 18, 2017 8:01 PM EDT
    • Wonderful! Just the kind of thing I was hoping for- a picture. If I could press the " Thank" button more than once, I would have!

      So, thanks again!


    • July 18, 2017 7:04 PM EDT
    • I dunno. If you like it you can fake it a bit.


      Here, maybe this will help, but maybe it won't



      The Heinz pickle car reefer is the K line car. The Tiffany car is a Delton car. The Denny's car and the Pennsylvania cars are USA wood-side reefers, and the PRR steel boxcar is a USA 1:24 ish boxcar, not the 1:29 more modern stuff USA has, all behind an LGB Mogul.


      All the cars are reported to be 1:24th scale, and as you can see, they are all about the same size. So, if you know what size any of those cars is, compared to a 1:29th scale boxcar, then you know how they all compare, more or less.


      And here, I have a 1:24th reefer, the blue 20th anniversary car, next to an Aristo 1:29th boxcar, the dark blue ECLSTS car.



      Length and width its comparable, but the 1:24th car is not quite as high as the 1:29th car.

    • July 18, 2017 8:07 AM EDT
    • Thanks for all the valuable info. Sounds like something that I should pass on.


    • July 18, 2017 11:22 AM EDT
    • Hey Dan! I've offered to be an open house (a while ago) but haven't seen the official call for that yet. I'm intending to.


      Of course, you are welcome to drop by any time. Bring your woody and inspect my track!


      And thanks for the comments on the tank car. Now if I can just get a few bits and pieces delivered maybe I can finish it!

    • July 18, 2017 9:46 AM EDT
    • Jim,

      Haven't been on LSC for awhile, your tank car looks great, your attention to detail is superb. The rare earth magnet is a good solution, I used some on my Woody Track Inspection Car for the tailgate. Are you going to be open for this summers Tri Valley BAGRS open house?  Keep up the good work.