2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by senorgilamonster » Tue Jan 23, 2018 8:03 pm

Thanks for the tip.

I assembled and disassembled the truck mount a half dozen times before I got it right. Of course the other end will go much quicker now.

In the first pic I left the brass screws at length so that i could see how everything was lining up.

The second pic show the hardware assembled.

The third pic show that my clevis pin was too short. :shock: Back to HD and one more disassembly tomorrow.
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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by senorgilamonster » Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:58 pm

Done for now. Not bad for 1 week (with 2 days off).

I still need to run the router around the decking and paint the deck edge dark grey, give it a second coat of paint, and fix my mistake on the coupler pocket. But I will do that as filler work over the next 3 months while building the locomotive.

If I end up with spare time I'll add stake pockets, queen posts and other trim.

But for the time being I am happy with the progress made in such a short amount of time.
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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by rkcarguy » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:13 am

Looks good! Will this be getting brakes?

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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by senorgilamonster » Thu Jan 25, 2018 7:40 pm

eventually, but not right away. I do need to add safety chain attach points though

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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by senorgilamonster » Mon May 07, 2018 8:04 pm

As a distraction from my GE 50T project, I brought the flat car from storage and welded the coupler pocket inside ends in place and the angle iron for the safety attachment points.

I also routed all the deck edges for a nice, clean edge + routed out the deck for 7 stakes on each side. (no pockets yet though.)

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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by Harlock » Mon May 07, 2018 8:25 pm

Hey that's looking good! Glad my car technique is useful for someone...and yes you can get away with no welding, I think you've done everything right there. On the 9" gauge Mesa Grande cars it is a similar deal with a metal plate on top of a wood bolster. One time the rear truck on a tender got caught on something in a derailment and it tore the whole plate off and bits of the bolster wood, but other than that never seen a problem doing it that way. We just made a new bolster piece and off and running. Not likely to happen in 7.5" as the forces, speeds and weights are so much lower.
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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by senorgilamonster » Thu May 10, 2018 5:18 pm

My sweetheart gave the flat car a second coat of paint. We then gave it a number and painted the edge of the decking black. What a difference:
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Re: 2 1/2" Scale Flat Car - Triennial or Bust

Post by rkcarguy » Thu May 10, 2018 6:27 pm

Looking good!

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