Frisco 89' bi-level autorack

Discussion in 'Autoracks' started by gjslsffan, Mar 6, 2013.

  1. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    I am looking at Mr. Molo's Frisco/Katy guide to freight equipment on the middle page 108 there is a bi-level auto rack. I was wondering if anyone had a bigger poto so I could see what decals went where and in particular. What is on that plate on the right side just above the "train" in "Trailer-Train. Any photos of info would be great.
     
  2. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Using a Accuready, Bi-Level autorack as a starting point for this little project. Used an ereaser to remove the printing and cut off all the top posts, removed the plates and bracing to more closely match the prototype. Used 4 Athearn stantions shortened a bit on the ends, then bent some .025 piano wire, then drilled the holes and super glued them all to the top deck. I then glued some .015 styrene strips to the top deck too. Anyway a bit of progress. Wish I knew what was on that plate, I referred to in the other post.


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  3. Ozarktraveler

    Ozarktraveler Member

    Seems its been a good winter season for rolling stock for Frisco equipment, cumulatively... enjoying everyone's progress posts...
     
  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    A progress report for you.
    The rail on top is supposed to simulate a wire rope. Now to weather and load this thing, I need about 12-15 cars and trucks now.
    Thanks to Nicholas Molo for the special help in getting some info for me on this little project. Anyone have extra cars and trucks??
    Thanks for looking.

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  5. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom, looks very good ... Sure is a long sucker.
    I just sent Manny some different sizes' of strings from a small guitar that was broken.
    I think you might find some broken strings at a music store that does repairs.
    Believe they would work well for wire rope railing.
     
  6. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Excellent idea Sherrel, I will give it a try on the next one. I just soldiered brass wire to the top of the stantions but fishing line might work better.
     
  7. Sirfoldalot

    Sirfoldalot Frisco.org Supporter Frisco.org Supporter

    I should have been a tad more explaining: A few of the slightly larger strings actually resemble wire cable, and I feel that it might "hang/droop" as a real cable would.
     
  8. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    |-||-|Got a little weathering done to this auto rack, Guess I will run it empty till there are enough Ford Pintos and Mercury Bobcats procured to load it. Good thing I got the Auto Rack at a good price cause these vehicles are gonna cost me plenty now.:):)


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  9. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom - Nice!

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  10. tmfrisco

    tmfrisco Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Tom, I know what you mean. I have loaded three trilevel cars of various railroads with a Frisco trilevel left to load when I get it finished. I loaded the first three with Classic Metal Works 1978 Chevrolet Impalas and will load the Frisco with Atlas 1978 Ford Fairmonts. I was really lucky to find enough 1978 cars to complete these four cars. The cars are very heavy, but by placing them behind the engine, they track very well. I have placed a dollar value on these cars that would seem too high, so I have added the reason in my inventory list so that my family will not sell them cheaply when I pass on. Good luck in your hunt for the cars.

    Terry
     
  11. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Yea all those vehicles were at Walmart for a few weeks then they all disappeared, dang I hate when that happens!! I bought more than I thought I would ever need of course. Then well it happened, I needed more.|-||-|
     
  12. Terry

    Terry Terry La France

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    I'll take three please. :-D
     
  13. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    IMG_1869.JPG IMG_1870.JPG I know it is not HO, but will this do?? Just arrived today. Man, it is sure BIG!!! 37 inches long!
     
  14. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    Nice. Those are big money aren't they?
     
  15. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    IMG_1871.JPG IMG_1872.JPG Not really bad, but it is a matter of perspective. When I see new brassies [ in HO ], going for thousands of dollars, the $185.00 I paid for this seems like a real bargain!
     
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  16. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Frisco.org Supporter

    That's cheaper than I saw one for on eBay. Looks good.
     
  17. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Not to be a commercial, but it was Reindeer Pass Trains that have GREAT prices. I also purchased a USA Trains Streamlined RPO for my Texas Special train. It has to go to the paint shop first!
     
  18. DanHyde

    DanHyde Member

    Now all I have to do is fill it!! Looks like a bunch of 1/32 scale auto's in my future!
     
  19. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    Man that's a nice looking auto rack. The IM racks are like 70 bucks retail in HO, so I am thinking you got a bargain Dan:D. We wont think about the vehicles.... well yet.
     
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