Bachmann S scale Standard Gauge Oldtime Boxcar

Discussion in 'G / O / S Scale Model Trains' started by hminky, Jul 18, 2007.

  1. hminky

    hminky Member

    Having an excess On30 equipment and needing S scale standard gauge equipment at my Sn3.5 interchange, I sliced and diced a Bachmann On30 boxcar into a S scale standard gauge boxcar. Here shown in the pre-detail condition:


    The body was narrowed four boards to nine feet and the roof lowered to eight foot at the corner. It is a 34 feet long in S scale.
    The trucks converted rapidly with sleeves on the axles and new bolster inserts and they have a five foot wheelbase. It took about three hours to reach this point. That includes thinking about what to do. Far shorter than scratching.

    A On30 Bachmann Mogul will be converted to a S scale standard gauge 2-8-0 with a new machined frame utilizing the gear tower and motor. Bowser HO 69' drivers will be used for the S scale 51" drivers.

    Happily wielding my razor saw, got some flats and gons to narrow.

  2. Greg Elems

    Greg Elems Member

    Great job with the conversion. Bachmann freight cars sure make good starting points for old time S standard gauge. Will you keep the brake details or use Grandt Line S parts?


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