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 Posted: Fri Mar 12th, 2021 03:38 am
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James Stanford
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Today I uploaded my first video of the Box Street layout to YouTube,

featuring an operating session with an Also S2 and 4 cars.


The operating session featured in the video was done yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzlb7aCkoQc


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 Posted: Mon Oct 18th, 2021 02:18 am
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Shortening some longer covered hoppers to enhance operation.
HO scale Box Street micro layout.



After my recent successful shortening of a bay window caboose
(see Hello Shorty blog entry on 1st September 2021),
I was pondering some 56 scale feet covered hoppers that I purchased some years ago,
but couldn’t really use on Box Street or my other micro layouts due to their length.

I have 5 of them,
and wondered whether I could shorten them like I did the caboose.

Each of the covered hoppers looked like this,
but with different color schemes representing different railroads.





The first thing I had to do was figure out how to dismantle the cars.

As all the cars are the same, except for color scheme,
I could dismantle one and that would allow me to see how best to shorten all of them.

After a while I was able to dismantle one,
and upon investigation realised shortening them would be relatively easy.





Because each car had 3 ‘panels’ on the side, I could remove the middle panel,
then glue the two ends together, then do something similar with the chassis,
then cut the roof and walk way on the top to fit the shortened car.

I decided to try shortening the car I had dismantled to see how it went,
then if it went successfully I would shorten the other ones.

On a Saturday night, I did the dismantled car,
and was rather pleased with the end result.





On this first car, I made a mistake with the chassis,
which resulted in there being a gap between the two sections.

But as it would not usually be seen,
and the chassis wasn’t where the car got most of it’s rigidity / strength from,
I figured it was not too big a problem.

I thought I could shorten the chassis on the other subsequent cars,
a different way so that there was no gap.





The next day, I shortened 3 of the others.

But left one of them 56 scale feet long,
as the couplings on that car required attention.

The end result was that I now have an extra 4 covered hoppers,
that are about 39 scale feet in length, that I can use on Box Street,
but also on my other layouts where necessary.





The joins can be seen on the sides of each model, but they’re not overly obvious,
and can probably be disguised with some graffiti or other painting.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with the result.


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 Posted: Tue Oct 19th, 2021 04:57 am
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Hey, that's an idea well worth borrowing,

for the 6.75ft by 2.5ft layout here.






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James

Performed similar hack and glue jobs,
on a number of Bachmann 2-bay coal hoppers (On30),
to make 18 foot ore hoppers.

Still need painting and weathering.




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 Posted: Thu Oct 21st, 2021 03:21 am
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Ken C wrote:
...hack and glue jobs...


Ken

That pretty much sums the process I did to shorten these cars.

I found another 2 of the same 58 scale feet length cars,
and managed to convert one ok...  but the other...
well, let's just say it ended up on the scrap heap !

But I got 5 good shorter cars out of a possible 6.
That's not too bad.

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I ended up with 25 ore cars, and 1 covered hopper,

then had to find a 2-bay hopper for the odd coal load.  :bang:


Got a deal on an S-scale hopper car.  :bg:




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