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  CP Rail Caboose
Posted by: CNR5103 - 04-05-2022, 03:48 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (3)

A few weeks ago I was at a friend's place helping him planning some operations.  To make things more interesting, he would have needed an extra caboose for his Canadian Pacific Railway.  Back home I made a search on the Internet and found out that CPR used three Bay Window cabooses #437265-66-67.  I knew I had an old BB Athearn Bay Window caboose in my junk box.


I removed the roof walk and ladders, patched the holes in the roof, made some new railings, carved off the molded in grabirons, added some metal grabirons, painted the model and lettered it with decals from Black Cat Decals and voilà.


Not an exact replica of the prototype but good enough for both my friend and me.

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  Old 16mm movies
Posted by: Charlie B - 04-05-2022, 07:39 AM - Forum: Strictly Rail Operations - Replies (4)

A movie link that is really worthwhile if you are a steam and PRR fan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=osZCvWTB_Xc

There are other roads here too.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 4/1 - 4/7/22
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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/25 - 3/31/22
Posted by: bdw9535 - 03-25-2022, 04:55 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (9)

WPMA-19 at Atlantic Sweetener.



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  Brake Rigging
Posted by: CNR5103 - 03-24-2022, 05:13 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (3)

On this plan of a CP Mini Box (Funaro & Camerlengo kit), the fixed end of the small brake lever (A end) is on the left of the car, same side as the cylinder.  It was the same with my last Westerfield kit (CP USRA Clone Boxcar).


On most cars I have built, the fixed end was on the other side.

Is it an error?  If not, how can this work?

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  tompm's kitbuild 2022 challenge
Posted by: tompm - 03-21-2022, 07:47 PM - Forum: Contests & Challenges - Replies (13)

I finally sat down and began working on the first part of my 2022 kitbuild challenge.

The first kit is Bob's Hot Dog Stand by Model Power.

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I opened the kit and looked at the parts. There are not many. I did find out the kit was made by Pola. The name is stamped on the bottom of the base.

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To begin I painted the door, windows frame, and counter. I discovered the graphics for signs are stickers. I placed four of them on the appropriate signs. There are four more to do.

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  Weekly Photo Fun 3/18 - 3/24/22
Posted by: bdw9535 - 03-18-2022, 05:11 PM - Forum: Shutterbug area - Replies (5)

WPMA-29 making a pick up at Jersey Cold Storage.



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  KD coupler springs
Posted by: jim currie - 03-18-2022, 05:05 PM - Forum: Lower Berth - No Replies

has anyone else been having trouble with KD #5 coupler springs popping out , had 8 or 9 cars that did this on one or both ends  replaced springs and they popped out too so the second time I replaced them I put a dab of UV set glue on them and so far they have stayed in. this a new package of 20 pairs .

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  Jims kit bash challenge
Posted by: jim currie - 03-17-2022, 12:23 AM - Forum: Contests & Challenges - Replies (30)

well got started on the bash and boy its a challenge all right the original builder must have used 1/2 a tube of cement on it as you can see its in sad shape         got it striped down to what I will save front wall is gone will be replaced with a freight  door , all the  other windows and doors will be replaced with Tichy ones  second story will be for road agent to live .       

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  Adding a Screw to Athearn Coupler Box Clips
Posted by: tompm - 03-16-2022, 11:21 PM - Forum: HO Modeling - Replies (9)

(03-14-2022, 07:28 PM)BR60103 Wrote: Tom:  Could you do a description of how you modify the Athearn cars to put screws in the couplings?

Here is the promised thread.

Over time I have grown frustrated with the Athearn Blue Box kits and their coupler box clips. I have had them fall off numerous times during operating sessions. I find couplers loose in the box. I have even had a couple of cars lose their couplers just sitting on the layout.

As part of my tuning up program I have begun adding a screw to the coupler clip to keep it from falling off. The following is how I go about doing it.

Here is the car I am going to modify. An undecorated box car I painted and used dry transfers to make it a New Haven boxcar.

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