So what’s the purpose of this thread? Well it’s partially to elaborate on some questions raised by some forum members, and to perhaps inspire others to give scratchbuilding/ kitbashing a go. I started scratchbuilding to prove a point because I got sick and tired of fellow club members endlessly complaining either about the unavailability, or expense, of XYZ model railroading item; sound familiar??
Now to be fair, scratchbuilding is not for everyone, their valuable modelling time can be better spent on what they consider as more interesting, more fun projects, that are better suited to their talents, so I’d be disappointed if anyone takes this as “A Scratchbuilder is a Real Model Railroader” thread.
A Warning. You will find no marvellous new easy as scratchbuilding methods here, I’ve gained my inspiration and methods from so many other modellers that I’m reluctant to give credit where credit is due as I’d no doubt go forgetting some ffolkes, suffice to say if you read that I’m using a method that you’ve described, then please take it as a personal thanks. Any mistakes or deviations from best practice are my own errors and are fully my responsibility. I should also add feel free to chip in and point out the error of my ways: or even a better way, though my aim is also only to use hand tools that, rightly or wrongly, I would presume most model railroaders to possess.
So why this particular car? A while back in this thread.........
..........Mike Lehman asked for assistance in identifying this car which, after much interesting and entertaining speculation was identified by tomd81 whohas an information packed site here......
.....with the direct link to CISX 500, here......
and using Toms information, here’s another photo......
ACY Tom also came up with, “I can't find that car anywhere in the 1948 O.R.E.R.; but it's right there on page 931 of the January, 1942 O.R.E.R.
Outside length 87'6"
Width @ eaves or top of sides or platform 9'8"
Extreme width 9'8"
Capacity 526100 lb.
Flat car, Depressed, steel, Note A: Car No. 500: height from rail to top of depressed platform 2 ft. 8-3/4 inch, to top of car body 6 ft. 9-1/2 inches; length of depressed center 18 .”
Enlarging the advertisement from United States Steel Wrought Iron Wheels from Toms site, allowed me to read the following.
“Breaking all records for size, this monster well car 90 ft long over the coupler pulling faces, has a load capacity of over 250 tons. Designed for use in carrying ingot molds between two Carnegie-Illinois plants, it is fitted for regular interchange movements. To carry this enormous load safely and economically, the two six wheeled trucks under each of the auxiliary bodies are provided with U.S.S Wrought Steel Wheels, 36 in. in diameter.
Pertinent Facts. Total weight of the car is 313,900 lb, of which 107,920 lb is in the four trucks, 49,000 lbs in the two auxiliary bodies, and 156,980 lbs in the well body proper. Payload capacity, at a rail load limit of 70,000 lbs, per axle, is 526,100 lbs. The total rail load is 840,000 lbs.
The well-platform is made up of seven long H-Beams, jigs assembled and are welded longitudinally. Each H-Beam in turn is made up in 5 sections- the central platform piece, two reverse curve transition pieces and two end pieces which terminate at the main bolster......”
So armed with the available information which importantly included that the car was designed for interchange, (even though I’m free lancing I want to retain a modicum of believability), I placed this build on my “to do list” and so am finally doing.
Cheers, the Bear.