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Greetings to all...

I have a couple of 50' box cars...I want to cut them down to 40'
boxcars????????

Has anyone attempted this? Did it work?

How did you accomplish this???

Thanks for any information.

biff
 

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I've never even considered it.
But just out of curiosity... why would you want to?
 

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I assume the cars you want to shorten are unlettered, or you're prepared to repaint and reletter them after surgery.
 

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It makes no sense to do that....unless, of course, you have nothing better to do....it's your, uh, railroad....
 

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I know some guys who have cut hoppers down to make 2-bay hoppers. The consensus seems to be that a bandsaw is the best tool, but you can do it with a mitre box too. A piece of sandpaper on a clipboard is good for getting it flat, but you're still going to have to use some filler.

I have a couple of 40' EJ&E hoppers that I want to try elongating by chopping and combining. Just something fun to try.

All that said, Boxcar's have alot more going on with the difference between the roof and side profiles and would probably be more difficult to get everything to line up right.
 

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trimming rooing stock

Ok, Ok, I get the message.

50 footers just don't look right on my pike....curves a little tight.

I may try it anyway just for giggles.

Wish me luck.

biff


Mohawk Valley & Huron:p
 

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Are there not 40' boxcars available to you?

What kind of boxcars do you have, manufacturer-wise?
 

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That must be a very small radius if 50' box cars don't look right.
 

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Greetings to all...

I have a couple of 50' box cars...I want to cut them down to 40'
boxcars????????

Has anyone attempted this? Did it work?

How did you accomplish this???

Thanks for any information.

biff
I've done it with rolling stock, diesel locomotives, buildings. It's called kitbashing. As I am not an artist, I've had limited success. Good learning experience.

I do not run 50' foot boxcars as my 18" radius is not suitable.
 

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resizing rolling stock

I agree...it's not worth the time or effort.

Thanks to all that offered advice

biff:p


Mohawk Valley & Huron
 
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