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Workbench Wednesday

CB&Q freight cars

Jerry Hamsmith sent an update on his growing CB&Q freight car fleet. Here’s his report.

I thought I might share some of what I have been working on in terms of rolling stock for my circa 1955 Chicago Burlington and Quincy – Beardstown Division layout. This division linked the southern Illinois coal fields with the major metropolitan areas in northern Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota, among others. In 1955, the Q coal hauling fleet, consisting of 2- and 3- bay hoppers and composite drop bottom gons, was still about 40 percent gons.

Here is another group of drop bottom gons I am currently working on. I do them in batches as I need a large number of them and that speeds up the process. Both steel end and wood end cars are in the current batch. I currently have a total of 33 finished composite gondola cars on the layout.

Here is a photo of one of the already completed cars on the layout. Jerry offers kits for these CB&Q coal gondolas. A PDF of currently available kits and decals can be found on the RCW blog Helpful Links page.

What’s on your workbench?

Resin Kit Build Primer

We want you to move your kits from a bunch of parts to a completed freight car.

A goal of the Resin Car Works blog is to inspire and encourage modelers to build those kits that have accumulated among our hubby supplies. We know many of those are resin freight car kits. We have also heard many people ask questions on how to get started building those kits.

Bill Welch has crafted a step-by-step resin freight car to help modelers assemble parts a basic flat kit into a box. Bill guides the preparation of the sides, ends, underframe, and roof for a resin box car kit. We hope Bill’s work encourages more people to build those accumulated resin freight car kits.

Here’s the direct link to the downloadable PDF file. It’s just over one MB in size.

A resin freight car kit primer

The document can be also accessed via the Resin Car Works blog Helpful Links page. It’s easy to download the file by hovering over the link with the cursor, click the right mouse button, then choose Save Link As from the menu to download.

Please share the link with friends so they can build their kits. Share the link with your club members and your NMRA division. Post the link in newsletters, and/or add it to your blog. Share the knowledge so people can enjoy building these kits and adding a neat freight car to the fleet.

Bill will add another chapter to the primer in the upcoming months. This first part only focuses on building the box. Tips and techniques on adding details will publish soon.


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Boxcar model holder

Schuyler Larrabee recently shared interesting photos of a tool he built to help him with model building. We asked Schuyler to share more details and he sent the following notes.

I did a lot of complicated and fairly delicate work on the underframe and brake gear on this model. It is the 2018 Shake’n’Take project; an ERIE double-door, 40-foot boxcar. Based on prior experience, I was concerned that I’d damage the installed details while I worked on detailing the upper parts of the car. I wanted a way to be able to put the model down on the bench other than installing trucks, temporary or otherwise.

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