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 Posted: Tue Mar 15th, 2022 01:33 am
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It turns out that even with the trucks attached these cars
are so light that they have a hard time staying on the rails.

I had to glue weights, quarter inch nuts, in them.

The hoppers will have to have loads
to cover the glue and nuts.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 15th, 2022 06:41 pm
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Two small bulkhead flats are ready to go.

I'm trying to think how I can weight them.
Some sort of metal load will have to do it.

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 Posted: Tue Mar 15th, 2022 07:28 pm
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David Laughery wrote:  
I'm trying to think how I can weight them.
Some sort of metal load will have to do it.


How about a thin layer of lead sheet
between the body parts ?

The kind that roofers used
until it was outlawed ?




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 Posted: Tue Mar 15th, 2022 09:09 pm
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Gerold

It is a good idea,
but sheet lead is pretty hard to find around here.

Some kind of metal crates or barrels might work,
but raise the C.o.G. too high on the car.

I'll be on the lookout for something.

Thanks, Dave L.


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Last night a friend and I
dug out some of the HO buildings I've collected over many years
and tried to place them on a proposed plan we had drawn out full size.

We had room on the plan
for only a fifth of the buildings stored in three cartons.

:bang:

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 Posted: Thu Mar 17th, 2022 02:52 pm
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I was thinking of converting this Japanese steamer,
into a credible HOn30 engine, to pull all the new little cars.

I have the kit to convert the Bachmann 0-6-0,
and was curious to see if it could be adapted to this engine.

It is not apparent how the boiler is removed,
and the tender is too short.

I'm thinking I can't use this engine for a conversion,
and will have to buy a Bachmann to use with the kit.

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Dave

What about that wooden tank car ?

Did you have to add weight ?

I've been thinking about picking up a few of those cars.




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Michael,

The car seems to have enough weight to track pretty well.

Actually, all the cars, when coupled up
and run on my N-scale layout, ran without derailing.

That includes the little bulkhead cars without additional weight.
I had put weights in the hoppers and boxcars.

Go figure...

Regards, Dave L.

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I ran the lightweight bulkhead cars near the front of the train,
with the heavier cars behind, and there was no problem...





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 Posted: Sat Mar 19th, 2022 04:10 pm
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I used a MDC N-scale 2-8-0 to pull the train.

I have the Shapeways kit to convert it to HOn30,
and with cars to pull, it is time to think about doing that.

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