What is your favorite car or cars in your collection?

BNSF FAN May 30, 2019

  1. thenightfly

    thenightfly TrainBoard Member

    Right now, I still get a kick out of my stock car with the cow sounds that come out of it!
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  2. PGE-N°2

    PGE-N°2 TrainBoard Member

    Two of my current favourites:

  3. Mr. Train

    Mr. Train TrainBoard Member

    Ok so I have two favorites. Back in the early 80's I worked for the local Terra company unloading hoppers and tankers of fertilizer at the plant.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  4. jlundy46

    jlundy46 TrainBoard Supporter

    I like cabooses - a photo of some of my favorites. The new Athearn bay window is nice.

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  5. Sharky_McSharknose

    Sharky_McSharknose TrainBoard Member

    My favorites right now are my two Micro Trains NYC flat cars with RSLaserKits decks and AMB loads. One is a crate, the other the generator/motor load. I still need to weather the sides and the trucks, but these cars are my first real shot at modifying freight cars. Given how much attention they get from my club, I'd say they came out well for something so simple.

  6. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Those are really cool Sharky. How are the loads attached to the car?
  7. Sharky_McSharknose

    Sharky_McSharknose TrainBoard Member

    The decks, crates, and blocking are laser-cut wood. The generators are resin pieces that I hand-painted. The decks stick on top of the flatcars with an adhesive backing. The loads are attached to the decks with little spots of wood glue underneath the blocking. Just enough to hold them to the car, but not enough that I can't remove them if I feel like it.

    EDIT - links to the kits: http://www.rslaserkits.com/3600-Flat-Car-Deck-For-Micro-Trains-45000-Series_p_3879.html - decks

    http://www.laserkit.com/parts_n2.htm - loads
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  8. Onizukachan

    Onizukachan TrainBoard Supporter

    I’m impressed with the flat car decking, looks great.
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  9. NorsemanJack

    NorsemanJack TrainBoard Member

    CZ!! All five of 'em. (y)

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  10. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    It's hard to pick a favorite car or two, but these old N Scale models always make me smile. My father bought me the MILW car while on a business trip in the early '70s. I'm not an MILW modeler, but I love the road and the blue color and the faded white stenciled look still looks neat to my eyes. I suspect that my constant handling of the car over 45 years has contributed to its aged look! The Kadee/M-T CNJ boxcar was bought by me 40 years ago at a small hobby shop in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, PA area while railfanning with new friends. Four decades later, one has passed away and the other has been a lifelong long-distance pal ever since. The car reminds be of good times and good friendships.

    2019-06-06 Con-Cor MILW Reefer.jpg

    2019-06-06 Kadee CNJ Composite 40 FT Boxcar.jpg
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  11. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    I built a removable frame for my John Deere tractor load. The tractors sit loose within the frame. There are tiny pieces of wire at each corner of the frame that drop into stake pockets to secure it. I'm like you in that I want to be able to remove my loads if I wish.

    2019-06-06 M-T 50 FT Flatcar with John Deere Tractors.jpg
  12. BNSF FAN

    BNSF FAN TrainBoard Supporter

    I really like that blue MILW car. I've never seen one in that scheme before. The stories to go along with them are special as well. Great stuff.
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  13. Keith

    Keith TrainBoard Supporter

    Two of my more interesting cars, are:

    Westinghouse Schnabel transformer car from Overland Models
    Micro Trains special edition solar eclipse boxcar. Paid the price for
    one through eBay at the time!

    Currently do not have access to getting photos of either, until I can
    get back on what remains of 2 good feet!! Surgery went well. Now
    cleared to be able to start putting some weight on left foot! Just gotta
    get right knee working right!

    G Scale out front is next!!
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  14. BarstowRick

    BarstowRick TrainBoard Supporter

    I thought about how I would answer this question. Mentally picturing my collective... collection of freight cars and wondering out loud how can I have a favorite? So, I set here viewing the other posts in this thread and again wondered which car or set of cars would I choose. I like my coal trains although not 100% authentic to the prototype. My 40 and 50 foot ice reefers. They make for an impressive train. Any or all of my passenger trains although lacking some details are interesting to railfan. Then it hits me. I spent a lot of time working on my M.O.W. Santa Fe work train. Although not 100% prototype. At best, it resembles the wreck train that used to call the Santa Fe Yard, in Barstow, CA. home.

    Rail Pic's HP 039.jpg

    The picture isn't a finished product by any means but best shows where I was headed.

    30+Car Train Flats Kato ConCor.jpg
    Steve H., in a trade off of HO and N Scale diesels and freight cars. I received the following flat cars. These are original Kadee N Scale flats with body mounted couplers. The trucks may or may not be original. I can place these guys anywhere in a freight train and shove them around in a reverse move all day long and they give me minimal problems. Actually, I've never had problems with them.

    Also, in the last picture you can see the tail end of a coal train.
    I apologize for these pictures. Not as nice as some of you have submitted.
    This is the layout I must get put back together, restored, scenic'd and running...AGAIN!

    As close to a favorite as I'm going to get.
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  15. Carl Sowell

    Carl Sowell TrainBoard Supporter

    Here is one I made. "We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow....................."

  16. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

    That blue Milwaukee Road reefer is SO cool!

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  17. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Thanks Doug. I should have mentioned that it's a Con-Cor model, Item 1351-G. I see it in my 1973 JMC catalog at a price of $2.00 Ea!
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  18. Doug Gosha

    Doug Gosha TrainBoard Member

    Such high prices in those days. Funny how I had to scrimp and save just to get one car!


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  19. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    Happy recollections indeed. :) Each new car purchase was big event and as Russell noted here earlier, they were placed on the rails with great joy and studied carefully in every detail. To our young eyes, all was perfect and our imaginations brought them to life. I wish that I could somehow recapture those innocent days and not feel as defeated by imperfection in all that I create today.
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  20. SMR

    SMR TrainBoard Member

    Southern Pacific's THE LARK

    SP GS-4 4440 w The Lark TB.jpg SP Oakland Lark Mitte TB.jpg SP The Lark Observ TB.jpg

    A 12 car consist (base: AZL brass)

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