Tichy 40' flat car kit

minesweeper Dec 5, 2018

  1. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

    Good day folks,
    I just bought one of these kits.

    while it says on the instructions that this is an all stell 40' flat built from 1928, I had a hard time finding the technical data.
    The dimensions I can do myself, but I would need the weight data (empty + max load), brake type (if fitted), and max speed allowed.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction?

    PS, how much does an axle weigh? looks like there are quite plenty of them on the car, too many maybe?
  2. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

    I forgot to point that I am in Europe and am not familiar with US rolling stock.
    I do not really need the data for THAT model, a similar 40' of that era could be enough to give me an idea on how to stencil that car once finished.
    PS the rack for the wheels looks like a permanent one, or may be just attached to the car when needed, so the car can serve other purposes?
  3. vince p

    vince p TrainBoard Member

    Every wheel car i've seen they only go 1 or 2 rows high on the wheels not 3 or 4 like the above photo.
  4. wvgca

    wvgca TrainBoard Member

    50 ton 33 wheels and axle weigh 2200 lbs
    70 ton 33 wheels and axle weigh 2400 lbs
    100 ton 36 wheels and axle weigh 2950 lbs.

    if they are 50 ton wheels, 11+10+10+9 = 40x2200 lbs ..
    roughly 36 tons, empty flat weight would be roughly 35,000 lbs, or 17 tons ..
    so 40 wheelsets would be 3 tons overweight ..

    should give some idea of total weight
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2018
  5. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

    Thank you wvgca, and vince,
    17 tons (metric?), plus one metric ton per axle (2200 lbs), one row is good to go even on the 16ton axle load branch.
    In any case the loco servicing depot is small enough that it does not really need even 20 axles at a time.
    The car would then go on a peddler trip along the area, with anything between a few axles and one (double) row
  6. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

    I saw the kit has plastic wheels (9mm), what kind of wheels should i get for replacement?

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  7. Mr. Trainiac

    Mr. Trainiac TrainBoard Member

    If you want to replace the wheels and keep the truck sideframes, Intermountain, Kadee, or Exactrail make 33” wheels. Finding those in Europe might be hard. If you can find replacement wheels with the same diameter, they would probably fit.
  8. minesweeper

    minesweeper TrainBoard Member

    Thank You Mr Trainiac, I will get some from the US, I have an Army post office mailbox here.
    That is, if I keep the trucks, I have some spare US type trucks with european couplers that I may decide to use, when the kit is progressing.

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