Aug 28, 2015
I believe Tom referred software as kdenlive.
Thanks Doug for the comments
Here is a link for you https://kdenlive.org/en/
Thanks for taking a looksee.
Well, here is a project I have been working on and off for almost a year.
First it was the problem of finding enough Evergreen Plastic pipe to make the load, ended up buying from Burbank CA, 10 bags (2 pipes ea) of 1/2" pipe, cut to 12" long. Then I needed a jig to aid the build of these loads, some scale lumber for the wood these loads sit on and separate. The pipe was another thing to paint, first was a coat of white primer, then took a long piece of wood strip glued a small cotton ball to the end, dipped in rust colored paint and painted the insides of the pipes and then painted about 2 scale' of the ends, masked the ends and painted the pipe with Rustoleum safety green that was decanted into a 2oz scalecoat bottle.
The jig has marked lines where to place the strips of lumber, so they line up with the channel plastic installed on the decks of the cars.
You can see the wood strips under the pipe and the center wood pieces are inside the metal nuts used to hold it all together while drying, Used matt gel for glue.
I next used 1/64 graphic tape to simulate metal banding around each set of 2 pipes, repeated this process until I had 6 sets of 2 pipes glued and banded. Then I started gluing 3 sets of 2, to make the load, I then used 1/32 tape to wrap the entire load. That was a challenge. I then placed scale 8x8 into the channels and applied glue to the strips under the loads, placed the loads on the car and let them sit over night, resulting in removable pipe loads on these 2 BLMA 89' flats.
Kinda looks like dis.
Being as these car have shift-able loads, there will be placement restrictions on trains, cant be next to tanks cars or other HAZMAT loads.
Thanks for looking.
Pictures are broken links.
The Rainier Great Western HO Scale Railroad
Try it now. Sorry for the mix up.
Thanks for correcting. They look like what used to pass by here. Going north.
Wow, you nailed it! That's perfect. I sure appreciate the how-to and progress photos.
Do the BLMA cars have trailer hitches, or did they make smooth deck models too? I have seen 89' cars in wind turbine and pipe service like you have here, but I have been leery to convert an HO intermodal model to a general service flat.
Thanks for the likes and comments guys, always appreciated.
MrT, Yea these cars came with hitches in a separate baggie. Most of these pipe rack cars back in the 70's 80's and early 90's came out of TOFC service. I have walked on top of cars like these, they had metal welded to the deck in this case channel and 8x8 oak in the channels, then the wooden strips the pipe sat on. I think the purpose was to get the bottom of the lading above any rub rails, to facilitate loading and more importantly unloading, as these cars were unloaded in the field sometimes. One thing I didnt model, but I can someday, is all the banding and dunnage left on these cars after unloading. all those strips of wood that separated the pipe layers was most often just left atop the cars. No big deal to some, but many trains have had to stop and be walked because those boards would shack their way over the edges, far enough to trigger high/wide/shifted load detectors, I know as I was the guy that had to walk a few. So, I got to where I would walk the tops of MT flats and kick off all those loose boards, it was a lot quicker to do it in the yard than out on the road. The cars with outside rub rails contained this dunnage better than cars with insdide rub rails, Ive seen both types in pipe service. I wanted to use this type as it fits my era a bit better.
So cool to hear from someone who’s been there and done that. Definitely enhances the authenticity of prototype detailing.
Attached is a similar pipe car, note the outside rub rails the thick timbers the pipe sit on all the banding and such. My cars are just a little older cars, TT brown instead of the newer car, TT yellow. I don't have those little yellow nylon ropes around my pipes either, man those things would not be there long on a long trip, cant believe they haven't blown off the ends of these.
Some years back I saw one of those cars laying off the tracks on one side and most of the pipes on the other side. The rest of the train and track looked ok. So we guessed that the retainers let loose.