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    • March 28, 2019 6:19 PM EDT
    • Quoting to bring this to the current page: Jon Radder said:

      Body mounting couplers on a Delton Classic Wood Hopper.

      There is not enough meat here to start a thread. Since it's related I'll drop it here.  I picked up a pair of slightly damaged Delton Classic Hoppers from David Maynard at the Drag & Brag for a really nice price. I still have a few NIB, but can always use more. These 1:24 cars scale out pretty close to 1:20.3 and are very similar to wood cars run by the EBT. Kevin Strong and I discussed years ago how they could be changed to be more correct to EBT cars. He did some mods while I watched and drooled. So far all of mine are still stock.

       

      To run these with my Fn3 equipment they need body mounted couplers.  I've done this before on Delton Classic cars, so I had a clue where to start. A couple of thicknesses of styrene, one .125" and another .040" were welded to together with Weldon 16 then wrapped in matte black vinyl. It's too cold still to paint and the vinyl doesn't need dry time.  The styrene pad was then glued to the car frame with Weldon 16...

       

       

      Next a Kaydee style draft gear box that may have come from a Bachman Spectrum hopper is attached with a sheet metal screw through the pad. And yes - I know the coupler is upside down. I figured that out when I went to test the car! I am slowly switching over to Bachman couplers. I like the look of the Accucraft that I have been running, but the pins get rusty and don't like to drop. Bachman couplers will mate with Accucraft if the Bachman is left closed when coupling.  I looked at the new Kaydees, but Ric's report of problems uncoupling made me reconsider. Coupler attached...

       

      The height works out to be about perfect. I didn't check with my home made gauge, but it lines up perfectly with Olde #3. Some weathered trucks with metal wheels and we are almost ready to roll...

       

      My next task was to modify the identical car numbers using a trick Ric taught me - Remove the first number from one, and the last number from the other. I tried Alcohol on a Q-tip but neither the car lettering nor the paint even flinched.  I may just paint it over like an intentional patch.

      Turns out I didn't have 4 of those smaller draft gear boxes, but I do have a ton of the larger 910's which are similar, just longer with ears...

       

      So whip out the razor saw and cut up the 910 to make it the same size as the small ones (number unknown)...

       

      Tonight I need to cut the coupler tongue off trucks that came with these cars. The pair I'm using had the bolster block cut off and even with a spacer to take it's place they are too wobbly side-to-side. I'll paint them at work tomorrow and save final assembly for Sunday.

    • March 28, 2019 6:41 AM EDT
    • Jon is Devoning his build... were are the other pics that will finish  the back grown  ......

    • March 27, 2019 8:30 PM EDT
    • Body mounting couplers on a Delton Classic Wood Hopper.

      There is not enough meat here to start a thread. Since it's related I'll drop it here.  I picked up a pair of slightly damaged Delton Classic Hoppers from David Maynard at the Drag & Brag for a really nice price. I still have a few NIB, but can always use more. These 1:24 cars scale out pretty close to 1:20.3 and are very similar to wood cars run by the EBT. Kevin Strong and I discussed years ago how they could be changed to be more correct to EBT cars. He did some mods while I watched and drooled. So far all of mine are still stock.

       

      To run these with my Fn3 equipment they need body mounted couplers.  I've done this before on Delton Classic cars, so I had a clue where to start. A couple of thicknesses of styrene, one .125" and another .040" were welded to together with Weldon 16 then wrapped in matte black vinyl. It's too cold still to paint and the vinyl doesn't need dry time.  The styrene pad was then glued to the car frame with Weldon 16...

       

       

      Next a Kaydee style draft gear box that may have come from a Bachman Spectrum hopper is attached with a sheet metal screw through the pad. And yes - I know the coupler is upside down. I figured that out when I went to test the car! I am slowly switching over to Bachman couplers. I like the look of the Accucraft that I have been running, but the pins get rusty and don't like to drop. Bachman couplers will mate with Accucraft if the Bachman is left closed when coupling.  I looked at the new Kaydees, but Ric's report of problems uncoupling made me reconsider. Coupler attached...

       

      The height works out to be about perfect. I didn't check with my home made gauge, but it lines up perfectly with Olde #3. Some weathered trucks with metal wheels and we are almost ready to roll...

       

      My next task was to modify the identical car numbers using a trick Ric taught me - Remove the first number from one, and the last number from the other. I tried Alcohol on a Q-tip but neither the car lettering nor the paint even flinched.  I may just paint it over like an intentional patch.

    • March 26, 2019 9:44 PM EDT
    • John Caughey said:

      Wonder if that hound in the cab door howls with the locomotive whistle?
      Would be a fun effect to do in DCC sound.

    • March 26, 2019 9:29 PM EDT
    • I'll have to admit; once track was down I began spending more time playing than working.  I got the new tracks into JMRI and have been playing around with ops. Working South Willow Hill has totally changed with the mainline extension and the two facing point industries at the terminus pose a new challenge.  Here is the updated schematic...

       

      Since the East Coast show I have been busy readying some new rolling stock for service.  With new industries comes the need for more cars. I got a great deal from David Maynard on some slightly damaged Delton Classic Coal Hoppers. Am working on body mounts and metal wheels for them. Will post how I done it when it's done.

       

    • March 25, 2019 7:38 AM EDT
    • Image result for mr bean knocking gif Hmmm I wonder if this will have some new stuff soon ...

    • March 16, 2019 6:55 AM EDT
    • And then here is a car load you might think about

      https://archive.org/details/HistoryOfTheFrickCompany/page/n25

    • March 15, 2019 7:19 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:
      " Rooster " said:

      Jon,

       Back to the picture .....I have seen quite a few (a lot) of  "old school" images of the Frick facility and perhaps you could blend one into your current pic which looks a lot like it in many aspects. Just thinking and trying to help......The CVRR did service that plant so I'm biased that way...

       

      Might be a good place to look instead of getting lost on Shorpy .....I blocked Shorpy but have peeked now and then.

       

       

      Do you have a link to share or can you email me something?

      Jon,

       

        Good Lord somewhere ......I'm always digging into history.....Might be in Penn States archives but I know I just saw a lot of the Frick plant a few months ago.....Library of Congress maybe ....we'll talk at York .

    • March 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT
    • Need to take a break?

      https://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/det/digitizing.html

      The Detroit Publishing Company, is a good source for; Railroad , then trains or other subjects are entered into the search box ... have fun.

    • March 15, 2019 5:58 PM EDT
    • " Rooster " said:

      Jon,

       Back to the picture .....I have seen quite a few (a lot) of  "old school" images of the Frick facility and perhaps you could blend one into your current pic which looks a lot like it in many aspects. Just thinking and trying to help......The CVRR did service that plant so I'm biased that way...

       

      Might be a good place to look instead of getting lost on Shorpy .....I blocked Shorpy but have peeked now and then.

       

       

      Do you have a link to share or can you email me something?

    • March 15, 2019 5:57 PM EDT
    • I really need to brush up on my Photoshop skills.  I started messing with that picture last weekend, but was quickly frustrated by my lack of knowledge in PS. My attempt was to try and extend the roof line back down the left side, then tack on a mirror image which makes it look like a corner shot.  If that idea continues to fail; I have another nice picture of a Cadillac factory. I would just put a small black divider bar between the shots as there is no way to blend them.  I will look at your idea to see if I can make the Cadillac factory look close and allow it to blocking the missing corner of the Westinghouse building.

       

    • March 23, 2019 2:56 PM EDT
    • Thanks, Pete. The mobile version of these forums mess with picture uploads

    • March 23, 2019 12:04 PM EDT
    • View from back corner of building. Moved the spur from the big loop to just off the s-curve. 

    • March 23, 2019 12:02 PM EDT
    • https://www.facebook.com/vocebrassocolore/videos/10106133812342958?sfns=mo

      From my set up this morning. I need to mulch the bed to level it out. I can’t leave the rail out due to the ease of it walking in this area. 

    • March 23, 2019 8:02 AM EDT
    • This is where it begins, will be interesting to see where it goes.
      Dang, man, if only there had been that kind of teacher at my school ...

    • March 22, 2019 11:10 PM EDT
    • A belated "ALOHA!"

    • March 22, 2019 5:37 PM EDT
    • Brought home enough track from school to run this weekend. I have enough that I can leave it here and still have enough loops for the kids in the school club