The branch to Port Rowan will start seeing two more American tourists as I finally got around to finishing a couple of freight cars that Pierre Oliver built for me last year.
I did the weathering… added my preferred wheels, couplers and train line air hoses… and, in the case of the gondola, built a load.
Let’s look at the gondola first:
NYC 399671 is a resin kit from Funaro and Camerlengo. This is the second such car to enter service on my layout. I’ve decided to give this one a load of pipe: Perhaps the town of Port Rowan is doing a major upgrade to its municipal services.
The load is about half-completed here. I visited my local supplier of K&S Metals, and cleaned out their rack of the 1/8″ aluminum tube (part #8102). In all, I had 18 foot-long pieces, which I cut in half to give me 36 pipes. I painted these with rattle cans of medium brown, oversprayed with black.
I would like this load to rise above the car sides, so I’ve added stakes to the inside of the car, cut from S scale 4″ by 4″ lumber. I’ll tie the load using AAR loading rules after I add more pipe to the load – but that will have to wait until more comes in at my dealer.
The second car is this terrific boxcar:
PRR 503798 is a plastic kit for an x29 boxcar, released in 2013 by Des Plaines Hobbies. Pierre was curious to give this one a go, since relatively few plastic kits are available in S scale compared to HO, and the release of a brand new plastic rolling stock kit in 1:64 is pretty remarkable these days. Kudos to Des Plaines for continuing to support the scale!
(Fellow S scale enthusiast Peter Vanvliet has documented his build of this kit on his website – here is the link to his X29 construction journal.)
As with the gondola, I finished this car by adding couplers, wheel sets, and train line air hoses. I then weathered it using my favourite combination of colours: a black-grey, a sandy beige, a medium brown and a light grey, all from Acrylicos Vallejo. I think it’s important to pick a colour palette for weathering and use it on all equipment go give the layout a unified look.
The final step is to generate some waybills for these cars, but once I do that they will be ready to enter service on the layout.