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A few more progress pics on the bridge MOW project. I have to wait until the glue is dry to finish the horses, and a lot more lumber has to be added to the flat car. I got a few photos of prospective crane designs for the flat car last night.
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More progress pics of the bridge repair project. The posts and planks are loaded on the TOFC flatcar doubling as a MOW car, and a load of ties await the work crew. Was metal banding used in the fifties for wood? If so, I'll use my method of cutting thin strips of black duck tape to use as banding.
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Nice work Don, enjoy your progress.

Today I finished the valve gear for an FEF. I’m hoping to have the model completed by the end of May.
 

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Randy,
Those are Weaver cars, and are 3 rail that have scale couplers. I would love to do 2 tail, but the shelf layout is 3 rail track, and I'm not going to replace it. I have a Weaver CNJ RS3 with scale couplers and fixed pilots that I can use to pull these and a few others that have scale couplers.
 

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I made a wood extension ladder for the MOW bridge repair project, and put banding around the beams and planks for the flat car. I have to make the rung latches for the ladder, and glue the extender guides, but that will be a task for another day.
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I too have memories of wood extension ladders going back to my early childhood. Two that stand out from more recent times are my wife stepping away from footing the ladder as I was lowering it, causing it to crash to the ground, and the other was a wrung I was standing on that broke, causing me to fall until my under arm was supported by the 100 amp service line attached to the house near the ladder as I dropped. The model is a decent first attempt, and provided a learning curve for future projects.
 

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I have to find out why the smoke unit fan stopped working on my Lionel K4. I'm all out of fan motors so I hope it's something else.
 

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This weekends project - making a New Haven 58000 series gondola out of an early AHM model.

The New Haven's 58000 series gondolas were 40' inside length gondolas, with 4 drop doors for ease of unloading. Built in 1929 by the roads own shops, several lasted well into the 1960s in both revenue and MOW service. What has frustrated me for years is that this gondola series, as well as the nearly identical 42' inside length 60000 series gondolas, have 10 panel sides, which I have not seen in an O-scale model.

For those unaware, alphabetroute.com has excellent diagrams of most of the New Haven's freight and passenger equipment, and is an invaluable resource for modeling New Haven equipment: Alphabet Route - New York, New Haven, and Hartford
Some prototype photos can be found in this thread, on the forum of the New Haven Historical and Technical Association: 58000 -58499 and 60000-60699series gondola cars photos

I started with an old AHM model - not sure of the exact year, but cast into the bottom is "Made in West Germany". These are cheap and plentiful online - I purchased 2 for $20 shipped a few months ago.

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The AHM model is an 8-panel gondola, but has the correct 40' inside length. I started by sanding the sides flat with a small belt sander, finishing with 220 and then 400 grit sandpaper. In the middle of the sanding process, I like to apply a thin primer coat - this helps highlight any imperfections and rough areas that need further sanding.

I measured our the locations of the new ribs - one at the centerline of the car, followed by 4 more on each side at 1" spacing (for a 9 rib, 10 panel side). New ribs were made in a two step process - first, a strip of 0.020" thick styrene was cut ~0.180" wide. This was glued onto the car side on the centerline of each rib location. Then, a section of 0.060" square styrene was cut to length, one end chamfered, and then glued on top of and centered on the flat styrene segments to create each rib. Each car end received a section of 0.020" thick styrene cut 0.090" wide.

These cars appear to have a wide brim around the top - much wider than the stock AHM model had. Once again, strips of 0.020" thick styrene were cut side wide enough to be flush with both the inside of the gondola wall, and outside of the ribs. Each was cut 1/8" longer than the length of the car side to overhand each end - I can't give a specific length here the two sides of the same car were slightly different lengths. I confirmed this on the second car I hadn't yet modified - there is about a 1/16" difference in length between the two sides. Weird. Additional strips filled in the brim over the car ends, and then each corner was sanded round.

Finally, holes for separate grab irons were drilled and the grab irons were glued in place.

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~C.Vigs
 

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I added corner reinforcement plates to the gondola, as well as representing the four trap doors on the gondola deck. Used .020" sheet and 0.040" square styrene. Also finished priming.
Next will be the black overcoat and decals. I'm going to apply the delivery paint scheme with "NYNH&H" on the sides, as opposed to the later "New Haven" spelled out or the McGinnis scheme.

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Stuck an ERR CCM in my Lionel TMCC SP scale Consolidation. Runs about 100% better. Next on the list is a LC+ smoke unit, 4 chuffs a revolution, and a motor swap to a Pittman 8412 motor to replace the RS385. Gonna put some grunt in this little thing.
 
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