"Recycling" freight cars

CNO&TP Jan 31, 2001

  1. CNO&TP

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    About two years ago (inspired by the prototype railroads), I "converted" a Tyco Western Maryland flat car (that originally carried three pipes or tractors) for use as a container flat car.

    It worked out so great that my friend did the same to his. See the photo below to see how they turned out.

    Just out of curiosity, have any of you performed conversions of some cars to perform a different duty than was originally designed?

    <img src=http://www.trainweb.org/cnotp/model/cofc2.jpg>

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  2. Maxwell Plant

    Maxwell Plant TrainBoard Member

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    My AOW recycles 50 ft. Boxcars that once had friction bearings and walkways. We rebuild them to work the local businesses along the Corpus Christi Division. Most of these cars are made from ATSF isulated plugdoor boxes After the rookwalks come off, the roofs get patched, resealed and painted black.

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  3. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    M&CRS Strips down old LL and Athearn Stock Cars puts rollerbearing trucks on them and converts them to Stack use. The same has been done to Walthers Coil cars and LL 50 foot HiCube Boxcars. Also M&CRS uses rebuilt gondolas for stack use.

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  4. friscobob

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    I've "recycled" Walthers' GSC bulkhead flat into a pulpwood flat (called "woodrack in the South) by installing a V-shaped floor, shortening the bulkeads, and tossing all the "wood" deck and bulkhead end pieces into the junk box.
    Frisco had a large fleet of 'em in use in the South, and so far I've done two, just to see if it could be done. It can.... [​IMG]
    Next trick is to convert a few of my Athearn
    quad hoppers into woodchip cars......


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  5. friscobob

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    I've "recycled" Walthers' GSC bulkhead flat into a pulpwood flat (called "woodrack in the South) by installing a V-shaped floor, shortening the bulkeads, and tossing all the "wood" deck and bulkhead end pieces into the junk box.
    Frisco had a large fleet of 'em in use in the South, and so far I've done two, just to see if it could be done. It can.... [​IMG]
    Next trick is to convert a few of my Athearn
    quad hoppers into woodchip cars......


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  6. watash

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    I think we all do CNO&TP. Not all look as good as the job you did, but that is a form of Kit-Bashing. Most of us have made some change to suit what we want. I have even "ripped" off the Box body so I could have a flat car to haul stuff on. Later it became a box car again.

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  7. StickyMonk

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    <font color="336633">this was bashed from an athearn 50' boxcar frame and a lot of plastic sheet... and a few other bits from other kits</font>

    <img src=http://www.stickymonk.bizland.com/Dscf0001.jpg>

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  8. watash

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    Sticky, do they use a crane to lift the trailers up onto those cars? That would be something to model for a motion accessory.

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  9. CNO&TP

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    Yes, several types of cranes are used for lifting trailers (and containers) onto spine/well cars.

    Some are fully mobile "straddle" cranes, others are huge forklift-looking side loaders.

    I'll see if I can locate a photo of the straddle crane and post it if you'd like.

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  10. wt&c

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    the A&A recycles old sigle dome tank cars by 10 reusing the friction bearing trucks by installing roller bearings, and then the tank car gets a complete face lift from new rivets to repaired hatches. many have been bought from railroads at a very low cost. one car had sat in weeds for 20 some years, now it's used to haul ink from Charlottesville,NC to Chicago,ill.

    also we use older flat cars by rebuilding the frame, and installing brand new (and some recycled) roller bearing trucks.

    The A&A rebuilt Ex-Conrail GP38's bought from NS, by converting them to road slucg. many had recycled trucks from B&O GP9's with 40+ years of service just in the trucks (duh new wheels though)

    we also have some Ex-C&O allegheny (2-6-6-2) that were rebuilt, with new rolled boilers and fire boxes. only 10 exist and are occasionally used for egular freight service. all are used continually though, hualing passengers from Dunnsville,WV to ATlanta,GA all on A&A tracks.
     
  11. watash

    watash Passed away March 7, 2010 TrainBoard Supporter In Memoriam

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    Sticky,
    I would like to see the mobile crane, is it on tracks, or like a lumber High-Boy with wheels?

    WT&C,
    Any chance to get photos of the 2-6-6-2's? Front and both side views would help for detailing.

    Thanks all [​IMG]

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  12. CNO&TP

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    There are some on wheels (four per side) that roam free throughout the "pig yard." The photo below shows the NS Gest Street Yard and two of the straddle loaders that are on tracks. (For the life of me, I can not find the photos of the wheeled ones!)

    <img src=http://www.trainweb.org/cnotp/archives/yards/tower01.jpg>


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  13. SteveB

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    I recycle engines, not for prototypical reasons but sentimental ones. I repowered my fathers PEMCO Mogul from tender powered to can motor. Next are my two Tyco Chattanooga engines to be repowered by IHC Consolidation motor and drivers. Did these really exist, nah. Model railroading for me is more fun than accurate.
     
  14. Benny

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    Nice pictures everybody.

    Quick question, what kind(name brand) glue do you use?

    I can't seem to find one that is permanant enough for my plactic scratchbuilding. Also, Who does the sheet styrene come from?

    Thanks alot.

    BK
     
  15. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    BK, I use a glue (solvent) called Plastic Weld, but not sure if it the same in the US. Solvents are much cleaner, easier and quicker to use than the 'old fashioned' glues.

    For styrene sheet we have a company here called Slaters who make 'plastikard'. But we can also get Evergreen styrene from my local hobby shop. This is the usual one to use in the USA I believe.
     
  16. GP30

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by watash:


    WT&C,
    Any chance to get photos of the 2-6-6-2's? Front and both side views would help for detailing.

    Thanks all [​IMG]

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    Sorry watash, jst starting on one from 2 Rivarossi N scale UP challengers, when they are finished, I'll show you.
     

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