Show us your special railcars

Randy Stahl Sep 5, 2020

  1. Randy Stahl

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    Since there really isn't a railcar thread..

    Anyhow, by special , it could mean a car that you built, a car that was bought years ago by your father, or any car that has special meaning or a back story. thumbnail_IMG_0239.jpg

    This pickle car is a mix of kits and scratch.. sort of. The truss rod flatcar is a Fine N Scale car kit combined with an American Model Builder pickle rack.

    Special because in N Scale they are pretty rare and I built this car.
     
  2. JimJ

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    A302855C-1E5F-451E-84A5-62654DD7D1A6.jpeg Does Nn3 count? I used a Showcase Miniatures flat car kit and scratch built the tank. Very fun project.
     
  3. Brighid

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    I will start with this logging caboose. All of my rolling stock is scratch built. This is the smallest so far.
     

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  4. Randy Stahl

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    Yes, narrow gauge counts, you did a bang up job on the tank car !!
     
  5. Randy Stahl

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    Nice job on the build !!
     
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  6. Hardcoaler

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    I built this canteen car to eliminate my apprehension about adding an M-T coupler to my WM 2-8-0. It's kitbashed from a Bachmann coal tender and a Bachmann oil tender and has a recessed Rapido coupler in front for close coupling. It works nicely and I think canteen cars are kind of cool anyway.

    2015-09-13 Canteen Car DS&N - for upload.jpg
     
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  7. Randy Stahl

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    Yup, cool for sure. Very clever idea.
     
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  8. John Moore

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    Some years back when I was modeling the SP&S I built the bridge and building gang car from photos in an SP&S book.The car was originally a 50 footer and has since been cut down to a 40 footer.

    A little later I built a Dimi Trains rotary plow and decided to make it work. The tender is the electrical pick-up and the rotary has a working headlight.

    Also built my own ballast cars for Sabot Stone works.

    And since Climax locos are priced out of my pocket book I built my own,
     
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  9. logging loco

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    John did you build these with Z F units following the instructions and addendum to convert to std ga?
     
  10. John Moore

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    Only one was an Nn3 scale metal casting and that was converted by removing excess metal, mounting it on my own frame and then powering it with a Bmann 44 tonner mechanism. The other two are totally scratch built and are on Bmann 70 ton chassis.
     
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  11. BigJake

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    I'll bet that was an E-ticket ride in the 1-truck logging caboose, bouncing around on the tail of a logging train! Yee haw!

    I thought about a humorous Texas and Pacific rotary snow plow. Like an ad for an antique French battle rifle, "Never fired, dropped once."

    Nice work, everyone!
     
  12. mtntrainman

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    Trainboard Special Run Boxcar 03.07.13 !

    The car itself doesnt have any TB markings...BUT...if you look real close at the backside of the insert...at the bottom...it does say (in small lettering) that it is a special run for Trainboard

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    It's on the layout but a 'static display' at the team track in a constant frozen state of being unloaded...as it doesnt fit my era. :(

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  13. SP-Wolf

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    How an impact instruction car -

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    Thanks,
    Wolf
     
  14. John Moore

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    Another series of cars built off of the Bmann 34 foot old time flat.

    The ends and deck are styrene and the wood is from some dead azalea bushes a modeling trick I learned from a master modeler for real logs.

    I built this car some years ago honoring the International Brotherhood of Cabbage Stackers a logging group I used to belong to.
     
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    Bought two pickle cars wood kits and then decided to build a shorter version so once again took two Bmann 34 foot old time flats with the water tanks. and added tops and structural framework using wood and styrene. I also changed out the trucks to MTs and removed the truss rods. Since I have a port on the layout with a fish cannery the cars are labeled for pickled herring and salted codfish. The fish are transported off layout to a facility that cans them.

    Here are two pile drivers one uses a Dimitrains crane the other is from scratch and their accompanying work flats.

    The SP&S had a car for carrying a dozer and I modeled that plus a flat with the unloading ramp.

    The bridge and building gangs heavy timber car and supply car.

    I ended up re-purposing the 250 ton crane, the pile driver, and a burro crane that all used to be rail mounted into barge mounted equipment when the harbor was built on the layout. I now have a heavy lift salvage barge, a marine pile driver, and the burro crane is the dredge. The other vessel in the photo is a fuel lighter used to refuel vessels in the harbor.
     
  16. Brighid

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    I think I may have posted this before. All scratch built for my pseudo narrow gauge railroad. Anything more than this looks to long. IMG_3215.JPG
     
  17. Randy Stahl

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    Here are a couple more pickle cars. Only because these are special cars and they are easy to get at. thumbnail_IMG_0276.jpg thumbnail_IMG_0277.jpg
     
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  18. BigJake

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    That reminds me, I have a std gauge wooden vinegar tank car somewhere...
     
  19. marty coil

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    Here are a few of mine I really like....But I don't have them for very long.....

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