Intermodal Cars

BC Rail King Jun 8, 2000

  1. BC Rail King

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    Could some one recomend an Intermodal car please. I was at the hobby shop, and saw 3 different ones. Also, on that note, what I am really interested in is CHEAP trailers as I will need a large collection of them.

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  2. Craig Martyn

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    AC Models cars are THE BEST!!!! [​IMG]
    (kissing up again Alan!!) [​IMG]

    Also, the Deluxe Innovations cars are great also!

    If I were you I would buy one container of each model you want (i.e., 40 footers, 20 footers, etc.) and make a mold and cast them your self, than paint them a straight color and if you want, decal them (though that could get expensive).

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  3. Grantha

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    I would suggest you consider the Walther's cars. Mine run well and because they are die cast metal have a little weight to them.

    I have checked out the MDC cars. They are very nice in appearance but are plastic and don't weigh much in and of themselves. About the only way to weigh them down is to add weighted containers (and I would not suggest grain)


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  4. Grantha

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    Cool Idea, Craig.

    I had read a post in another string where another member gave instructions to cast automobiles. I don't see any reason it would not work for containers. This fellows url was http://members.home.net/pray59/.

    If someone gives this a try post your results on the trainboard.



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  5. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BC Rail King:
    Could some one recomend an Intermodal car please. I was at the hobby shop, and saw 3 different ones. Also, on that note, what I am really interested in is CHEAP trailers as I will need a large collection of them.

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    Are you talking for Intermodal cars for Containers or Semi-Trailers?

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  6. Craig Martyn

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    I have a suggestion for the mold, cast your own idea. If you do end up making a mold an casting them your self, I would suggest making a "plug" to use when you are pouring in the resin, this will keep the container hollow, becuase resin isn't cheap. Then after it's done, go down to a hard ware store and buy small metal nuts that will fit inside of it. I did this and got them for three cents a piece (Home Depot)!.

    Just my thoughts, good luck on what ever you end up doing!



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  7. BC Rail King

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    I'm sorry chessie, I meant actual containers, like the imigrants use to sneak into Vancouver and Seattle.

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  8. Dash

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    Walthers is rereleasing it's 5 unit articulated well cars with DIFFERENT numbers for the TTX and TT schemes.

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  9. mtaylor

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    I tried running my Walthers 5 unit with no containers. I assume these run fine once containers (weight) are added. Also, does anyone know what MT trucks and couplers work well with the Walthers 5 unit?

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  10. Colonel

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    I used 1035 microtrains trucks on my Walthers ttx cars and have had no problems. I also purchased 12 MDC husky stack cars but have not yet been able to modify them. The cars are so light I have to purchase containers and weigh them as they are way too light. I wish I bought more of the walthers diecast cars as they are so easy to run.
     
  11. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by BC Rail King:
    I'm sorry chessie, I meant actual containers, like the imigrants use to sneak into Vancouver and Seattle.

    Dane N.

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    No problem... casting is probably the way to go, as acquiring a fleet of Deluxe Innovations can get rather expensive. I think Fine Scale Models produced some resin ones that were unpainted, but I am not sure they were a whole lot cheaper, especially after you painted and decalled them. Sometimes you can pick up Walthers and Deluxe containers at reasonable prices. And I have not sampled any of the AC Models YET [​IMG]

    As far as cars, I had some Walthers cars. Being metal, they were heavy enough, but when I tried pulling a train of them, the trucks had a LOT of resistance. (I sold them and bought some MDC cars instead.) The MDC cars have a much finer level of detail, and even with the factory trucks, roll much better than the Walthers. In fact, I decided not to change out the trucks since they do roll so well and I run my stack trains as unit trains without switching. I have about 48 cars with an assortment of Deluxe and Walthers containers, so adding M-T's would be a major expense. If you have decent trackwork, you can probably get away with running the MDC cars empty.

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  12. chessie

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Colonel:
    I also purchased 12 MDC husky stack cars but have not yet been able to modify them.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    The new MDC cars come equipped with their knuckle couplers as well as Rapidos. I have not tried them, but I think they are M-T compatible. Another reason why I did not convert my MDC cars to M-T's is (from what I remember from other forums) is the conversion is not a straight forward truck swap. It involved spacers, bolster/frame trimming, or something else. Maybe someone else knows the actuals.

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  13. sd75mac

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    The majority of my cars are intermodal. On the Walther's cars, I changed the wheelset to M/T's and attached them using a small brass screw. That adds to the connection between the wells. For the older MDC cars, there was an article in N-Scale Mag. on how to convert them to body mount couplers, which I performed. They run alot better now.

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  14. Colonel

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    Yes I have that N scaler article of MDC conversion although I'm surprised the conversion worked as the author is known to me well actually it was GATS lol. the knuckle couplers supplied by MDC are not compatable with microtrains (not auto uncoupler) You can use microtrain trucks but you have to drill out the chassis to take the microtrain pin.

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  15. BC Rail King

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    I think I will go with MDC, as they are pretty cheap, easy to get, and I will have to work on da coupler thing!

    Happy Railroading!!

    Dane N. [​IMG]

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  16. Gats

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    I tried the MDC conversion the was in N Scale and it worked for me. Well, written, I might add, too.

    Is that bias or what? [​IMG]

    Gary.

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  17. eddelozier

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    I got tired of looking for cheaper autos, trucks, contruction equipment, etc. I started looking through the children's toy sections. Found many 'Micro Cars' which are about scale. They have many models types and are always changing. You can also go cheaper and find the same 'Micro Cars' at the "Dollar Discount" stores. Ten trucks for 5 dollars, 2 to a pack. Don't get cheaper than that. Quality and detail is not bad. Use many of the construction equipment models as flat-car loads. Enjoy making the scale tie-downs.

    Made most of my containers, for car loads and for setting at the loading dock area, from wood blocks. Covered the wood blocks with plastic ribbed sheets cut to fit, then painted and added decals made off computer. Can insert weight inside wood block.

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  18. Dash

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    I have roundhouse gunderson stack cars. Their "MDC" couplers are MaDe Cheaply. I have found that if you push the cars, the knucles buckle upwards and it's a pain in exaust stack to keep looking for the springs that have flown out after the couplers buckle. In my advice, don't use them. They are not semi automatic, and look like waste from Amtraks rest rooms.

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  19. BC Rail King

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    Why hasn't Atlas done one yet, I would think that if they did it it would sell really really fast. There is demand from alot of people to have one from them, and compared to most companies they have a good quality, but cheap price product! Just what I need!

    Happy Railroading!

    Dane N.

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  20. Colonel

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    Is anyone interested in buying my MDC husky stacks, I have a dozen BNSF still boxed although one has been slightly modified. I'm going to buy a few sets of AC models spine cars they look awesome. Have a look for yourselves at
    www.ac-models.com

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