Workshop Wednesday

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  1. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Wednesday again!

    Over the weekend, I worked on weathering a few old Branchline cars.

    This one is not super prototypical, but will be good enough for an operator car, depicting a survivor into the 1980s.

    Terry LaFrance tells me that I missed the white band on the ends for excessive height, so I am working to add that tonight.

    These cars did not come with numbers on the ends, so I had added with home printed decals.


    Take care all,

    Bob T.
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  2. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

  3. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Congratulations on the feature in MRH. It's a fantastic photo.
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  4. gjslsffan

    gjslsffan Staff Member Staff Member

    That is Great Robert!

    Nice to see the old locomotive getting some prime coverage. :D
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  5. Coonskin

    Coonskin Member


    We have yet another celebrity amongst us!
  6. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Not exactly a workshop item, but I found a small chunk of rail a couple weeks ago.

    I found a couple bigger pieces last year during tree removal, but they are too big to bring inside.

    This one is the right size for a book shelf.

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  7. gstout

    gstout Member Supporter

    I found a couple of those a few years ago laying alongside the BNSF tracks in Minnesota.

    I had them bead-blasted and then clear coated.

    They look great.

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  8. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    I cleaned this piece with a wire brush attachment on an angle grinder.

    I had not thought about clear coating it, that is a good idea.
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  9. dwoomer

    dwoomer Member

    My late father-in-law worked for the Federal Prison Service. His last post was at Lewisburg, PA, where he was chief mechanical officer.

    The prison had a rail spur at that time, and knowing I was a railfan, he had the date section cut out of one of the rails laying around the prison grounds, about 7 inches worth (1909).

    He painted it black, put felt on the bottom, and outlined the date in gold paint.

    A gift I will always treasure, and makes a fine weight for latexing rail down to the roadbed!
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  10. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    In addition to the FRL car (see other thread), I worked on this resin car sent to me by David Husman.

    I still need to add a few details including a wood interior, but coming along.

    I have some decals he sent for the car for the Philadelphia and Reading.

    I added the Tahoe Model Works trucks, 5-foot wheel base arch bar truck.

    This seems to be a lighter duty than the Westerfield Frisco truss rod gondola.



    Take Care All,

    Bob T.
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  11. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Your craftsmanship never ceases to amaze me.

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  12. rjthomas909

    rjthomas909 Member Supporter

    Hey All,

    A Workshop Wednesday.

    I have mostly finished up the build for the P&R gondola that Dave Husman sent me.

    Since this photograph, I added cut levers, brake line hoses, and cut off the Kadee trip pins.

    I will massage the decals a bit and then clear coat and weather it.

    Have a good one All,

    Bob T.

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