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    • February 21, 2021 4:04 PM EST
      • Salida, CO
         
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      D&RGW idler flat build

      Hi all,

      Here's my next project. The Rio Grande had a bunch of these and they weren't used to haul anything; rather, they were used to allow standard gauge locomotives to switch narrow gauge cars and vice versa. The Grande had several yards with three rail track and those yards are where these cars lived.

       

      Here's a pic of a narrow gauge locomotive hauling a standard gauge car with an idler in between:

       

      I have decided to build one in 1:29 scale. Here's an end view of the car I am modeling, taken at the Colorado Railroad Museum back in October. This pic shows the three-way coupler pocket used on these cars:

       

      My son modeled the coupler pocket for me in 3D and I had a pair 3D printed at Shapeways. Since I don't intend to actually operate this car I had it printed in plastic - sorry for the fuzzy pic:

       

      I bought a pair of couplers from Burl Rice and fitted them to the pockets:

       

      I wanted this car to have a bit of weight so I bought some Kadee trucks for the project. Here's one of the #971 A.S.F. Bettendorf metal truck:

       

      I bought some brass C-channel from PM Research for the sides and this morning began to solder the frame together:

       

      I'm done for today and the car now looks like this. The Westinghouse brake cylinder is from Precision Scale:

       

      Until next week.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

      This post was edited by Matt Hutson at February 23, 2021 6:49 AM EST
    • February 21, 2021 4:35 PM EST
      • Fort Wayne, Indiana
         
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      Very cool build! I’ll be watching 

       

      Jason

    • February 21, 2021 6:26 PM EST
      • Kailua, HI
         
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      Cool idea for a build!

    • February 22, 2021 10:11 AM EST
      • Spokane Valley, Washington St.
         
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      Great build!

      I built one years ago. Not an exact model, (but none of my builds are )

      I rebuild it later with only one coupler, because with the two, it wouldn't couple easily.

       

    • February 22, 2021 12:49 PM EST
      • F'n Fresno, California
         
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      Great project Matt!  

      I am pleased to follow your ongoing progress with 1:29 dual gauge.

      John R.

       

    • February 22, 2021 7:29 PM EST
      • Salida, CO
         
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      Wow John, too cool! I had no idea anybody else was as crazy as me. ;) Yours looks great.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

    • February 28, 2021 7:24 PM EST
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      Hi guys,

      Here's a quick update for the weekend. I didn't make much progress as I was out of town yesterday.

      I made stirrup steps from K&S 1/32" x 1/16" flat bar. The were cut and bent to match the dimensions of the prototype and then resistance soldered onto the bottom of the C-channel. I bought a resistance soldering outfit from a friend of my son's last year and still am having a love/hate relationship with it. Some things work great and other not at all. I think mostly I just need more experience.


      I also built one of the corner ladders. These were made from K&S 1/32" x 1/8" flat bar. Holes were drilled and grab irons from Trackside Detail (TD-205 for those keeping score at home) soldered in place.

       

      End grab irons were also added, along with a brake wheel from Precision Scale on the other end. One of the three-way coupler pockets was tacked in place for this pic.

       

      Cheers,

      Matt

      This post was edited by Matt Hutson at March 1, 2021 8:57 AM EST
    • February 28, 2021 8:09 PM EST
      • Post Falls, Idaho
         
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      neat build. I love the dual gauge idler flats.

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