Locos - Rolling stock (general)
I'm in the process of refinishing and detailing a half-dozen old Athearn and Front Range Jeep shells. Since nothing's available RTR for what I want, I'm going old school and trying to do it myself.
I would appreciate any helpful suggestions on what to use for cab window glazing (not to mention headlight lenses). I have found some old Front Range parts on eBay, but nothing available for Athearn.
trying to teach an old dog new tricks
I am modeling the Erie Railroad, in HO, in 1951, its centennial year of operation. I am particularly interested in its fast freights dedicated to shipping perishables from Chicago to the NY metro area. From what I know, the Erie had a dominant position in this market, surpassing larger rivals NYC and PRR. A particular specialty seems to have been shipping California citrus to the east.
Just over 2 years ago, my home was involved in a fire. The train room was not burned, and the insurance company compensated me generously for smoke and soot damage to the train room. I was able to recover many of the structures with Simple Green and De-Solv-It, but now that I am in the process of constructing a new layout, I find that only 2 or 3 of 27 locomotives will still run. I can't find any information on the internet about overhauling a smoke-damaged locomotive. I would even consider taking or mailing some of them to a repair shop. Any suggestions?
Does any one know a source of PRR insulators for E-loco pantos? I am doing both a L5 and L6 (HO) and having a supply on hand would be good(and save my knees!).These are brass models and it seems there are two different sizes,...
Thanks for any help,Dr Dirt
The 85 ton is available for printing through Shapeways. It is amazing to see what others are designing from Z, N, TT, HO, S, O and possibly other scales. I am off for a visit with family in southern Manitoba so won't be working on any of my projects for awhile. Hopefully I can pick up some items I need and maybe my back ordered pantographs will get shipped by then.
I have had a pair of Athearn PA-1's converted to DCC with the sound unit in the A Dummy. However, that engine has the normal plastic wheels which run okay, but I'd like to convert them to steel ones. What are the sizes of these wheels? Does anyone make a replacement? Can I rob wheels from some other derelict engine?
I know they are not standard 33 (freight) or 36 (passenger) wheels, but have no way of measuring them against any list in the various catalogs. Am I stuck with these or can they be replaced with steel ones? Thanks, in advance, for your input.
My updated 3D print of the 85 ton steeple cab arrived this week. All my previous print flaws were corrected, and additions printed as well.
Generally you can't tell much for differences from this shot, but the big difference is the beefed up truck .
So, I think I understand that container sizes are based on Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEU). Apparently most container ship holds are based on these TEUs and so 45', 48' and 53' containers are used for North American transport only. I have seen where 45' containers are used in trans oceanic shipping but I do not have a source for that info.
I still see 48' well cars being used to haul 1 or 2 TEU units in the lower stack and anything as big as 53' on the double stack.
Yuma, Arizona, is about 200 miles from hobby shops in Phoenix, Tucson or San Diego and has dropped from it's winter high of 150,000 population to the summer (year round) hardy souls of about 80,000. Our little club, Rail Roadrunners of Yuma, is down to Marvin and me after having our 2 regular snowbirds, Ron R. and Bobber Gibbs of On30 Conspiracy bail after the first 100 degree day. Come November we hope to draw a few more birds.
>> Posts index
Recent blog posts
- Quintin Schini's M&IN Railroad, a part of INRAIL
- Help finding Smokebox Cover for Brass Mohawk
- How to prevent or minimize dust on your layout
- Simulation of hot metal and slag in a blast furnace cast house
- My new Blog
- N scale Ontario Midland in Sodus, NY with no selective compression.
- Locomotives of the E. St. Louis RailGroup, Part 2
- PAINTING BACKDROPS FOR LARGE LAYOUTS
- Making Ditch Lights
- FWWR, Everman Branch Job