Building an empty stock car train

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Jon Grant, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    I felt it was high time I started to build up some cars for an empty stock car train - well, after all, I am modelling Chicago.

    After rummaging through my stuff I managed to gather together a paultry 4 stock cars, a result of not having any stock pens on the layout.

    However, I like the delicate look of planked stock cars and am eventually planning to have a run-through option for Sweethome Chicago, so I've started to pick up some of the nicer models as I spot them.

    In the last 2 weeks I've managed to collect an extra 5, more than doubling my fleet.The new ones still need some weathering and a coupler change, but the train is starting to grow.

    Here are the stock cars as of tonight.






    I've also shot a short video clip although YouTube will take a while to upload it, so I'll post the link later.

  2. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Looks better than off the shelf stuff. You have quite a talent.
  3. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

  4. TruckLover

    TruckLover Mack CH613 & 53' Trailer

    WOW, nice, I like them, they look good!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. Iron Goat

    Iron Goat Member

    Very nice, Jon. I felt like I was viewing the prototype, and not the model. I was glad to see that you had not "detailed" the cars with the customary white border along the floor of the cars, to simulate "lime disinfection". The more prototype shots I see, the more that proves to be the exception rather than the rule.

  6. Ralph

    Ralph's for fun!

    Great looking cars Jon! I admire the scene your pics were taken in too!
  7. doctorwayne

    doctorwayne Active Member

    Good lookin' scene, Jon. I especially like those weeds by the track, but the whole area has a nice grittiness about it. :thumb:

  8. Jon Grant

    Jon Grant Member

    Hi Bob,

    In Britain, cattle trucks were cleaned out after use, using a lime wash which created the white line effect over the lower portion of the car. In the 1930s, most railway companies switched over to cheap liquid chemical cleaners which did not leave the white stains.

    I'm guessing the same thing happened in the USA at about the same time, if not earlier.

  9. cnw1961

    cnw1961 Member

    Awesome scene, Jon, and a nice string of cars.:thumb: I too like those stock cars, but unfortunately they are not appropriate for my LA layout.

    BTW, I saw on the Railroad Forum how you soundchipped this Baldwin DS-4-4-1000. You said, that you had no idea what a Baldwin sounded like. So I thought, you might be interested in hearing this sound file, recorded from a DS-4-4-1000 with a 606SC turbo charged engine:

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