I have been seriously modeling the New Haven Railroad for over 40 years. The excitement of the E&B Valley Osgood Bradly, then the 8600 stainless steel coaches and county cars made the possibility of making New Haven passenger trains for a high school / collage student a possibility. Brass cars were way out of my price range. E&B Valley (later Eastern Car Works) also made a series of Pullman Standard smooth side lightweight passenger cars, a 4-4-2, 6-6-4, coach diner and obs. Why am I rambling on about this? I came a cross four of these cars I built years ago, but do not plan on keeping. I dawned on me I have a bunch of Concord Jct and NKP Company brass car sides. I also have a stash of Train Starion Products 41-BNO trucks that work great on these cars.
|Here is the underframe. I added .030 thick styrene strips to each side to |
compensate for the thinner brass sides from the original plastic.
The floor drilled and tapped for 2-56 screws for trucks and couplers.
|Here is the roof before I added the .030 styrene to the taps on the side.|
|When adding the .030 strips, make sure to lave a blank area |
for the vestibule window.
|Here is the roof with the styrene|
|Here are two cars with the roofs temporally added.|
|Here are the diaphragms I use for the cars, I would|
recommend the ones molded in black.
|Here are the TSP truck kit.|
Here is Allens Point. It is one of the very few cars that got the
revered logo, a black NH on a red field.
|Here are three cars. I built two per what I just wrote up, the third I|
did a while ago using a TSP core kit.
This was a fun way to clean up stuff that is sitting around the train room, not going out and buying Walthers PS cars saved a lot of money (and time). These may no be sate of the art cars form Rapido or Walthers, but the look good on the layout and I am not waiting for somebody to bring them out in HO scale. If you don't have or can not find the brass sides, Union Starion Products makes the sides in styrene.