My train club has two Train Shows a year. One in January and one in July. The July Show was this past weekend. The Show usually has a number of what I call "Small Vendors" or those that sell mainly estate sale items. This is nice as it usually gives me a chance to get some older models, built, as kits or junk/parts from things long out of production.
While walking around to see what was being offered I found one vendor that had 6 of the old MDC 26' Tank Cars - Built - and another vendor that had one, also built. I bought 6 of the 7 MDC Tank Cars for an average price of $7.00 each.
The 26' MDC Tank Car looks very much like one of the narrow gauge UTLX Van Dyke Tank Cars as featured in the "Slim Gauge Cars" book.
I keep a few sets of Blackstone HOn3 trucks on-hand but the only ones I had were the 3'7" version. I need 4'8" ones and have them on order from Caboose Hobbies. It is necessary to modify the way the Blackstone Trucks attach so I used the 3'7" trucks to get the frames ready for the longer wheelbase trucks when they arrive.
The Silver Tank Car was used to test my attachment method and has the HOn3 trucks installed. This was an quick and easy swap and I end up with a nice HOn3 Tank Car for less then $20 each.
The Tank Cars will look much better when I get he 4'8" trucks installed. The Tank part also now sits a bit lower on the frame.
While I am waiting for the 4'8" trucks to arrive I will be replacing some of the small detail parts that have been lost over time.
It doesn't matter. The cars had GRAMPS on one side because they were never turned and ran past property where "Grampsw" lived and his grandkids could say "there go Gramp's cars". That's the story. BTW-Gramps was an oil company owner.
W C Greene wrote: It doesn't matter. The cars had GRAMPS on one side because they were never turned and ran past property where "Grampsw" lived and his grandkids could say "there go Gramp's cars". That's the story. BTW-Gramps was an oil company owner.
That is good enough for me.
By the way, I just bought an HOn30 SUGIYAMA 14-Ton Heisler brass semi-kit. That means the chassis / running gear was put together for the buyer and runs good. Detail is said to be "phenomenal. It is coming from Washington State so I might get by Sat.
I will take some better pictures and start a thread for it when it arrives.
I have mounted the first five tanks on the frames I have finished. I have one more "built" Tank Car and four more to build. I also have to order five more sets of HOn3 Blackstone trucks for the new frames.
Left over are the MDC frames / logging cars. I don't know if I want to try and convert them to HOn3 or if really need some, just go ahead and scratch build them. The left-overs look to big for HOn3.