C & N W #48007
8 wheel center depressed flat car
I used an aluminum cast structure to build the model.
12-wheel heavy duty flat car with a depressed loading area.
Brass model with Buckeye-truck.
NYC #498901 - truck
The 6-wheel Buckeye-truck was used to carry heavy loads.
It is equipped with clasp-brakes.
PRR # 470200
16-wheel heavy duty flat car.
This is an older brass model that I bought second hand.
PRR #470200 - truck detail
This car has four trucks, two are linked with a bolster each.
Here is one that I used for track testing when building my layout.
It is a Max Gray 250 ton 16 wheel flat car I got in 1953, which was later modified with Westside detailed span bolsters for the trucks.
Steel double-insulated wheel sets replaced the original brass double-insulated wheel sets.
It could find even the slightest misalignment of a switch point or frog!
Of course the load on it wasn't used when track testing.
It models a GE stator unit, made from PVC pipe and ABS conduit.
The stator ends are wood covered with black plastic bag material and wood braces, from a 1952 TRAINS magazine photo of the prototype car carrying that load.
A GE advertisement provided the stator's lettering.
The wood dunnage bracing is separate, the load and bracing are removable.
This C&O well hole flat car was built from a Weaver Quality Craft kit. Trucks were included but not the wheels.
It is a rather heavy car, as the ends are two large soft metal castings, around which the well is built.
The All Nation eight wheel depressed center flat car (formerly Megow) in cast aluminum is a simple car to finish. The only tricky part is milling out the car ends with a Dremel cutting bit to fit Kadee coupler boxes. The rest is the gingerbread of detailing: corner steps, grab irons, uncoupling rods, air hoses, brake wheels and their staffs. Then paint, lettering and maybe a load.
This load of a 1930's Allis Chalmers transformer is from a cast resin kit offered by BTS. In this photo it still lacks the needed tie-down rods with their turnbuckles. The load rests on wood tie stock, as prototype loads did. The flat car is lettered for B&O but it is an older, 1930's design from when Megow introduced that kit.
The prototype B&O flat car has the same length and width as the model, but it is a more modern 1950's design Commonwealth steel body casting. It is overall somewhat 'thinner' in appearance and has a center deck closer to the rails by almost 2'. Still, I made the model into a 'stand in' B&O car, as Allis Chalmers transformers were built in Pittsburgh and B&O served that city in the shadow of the mighty PRR.
We don't see loads like this much now, but in the late 1920's to 1940's, rural electrification was being done across the US. Many railroads handed loads like this. Cities where generators, turbines and transformers were built usually fielded cars needed to do the job. B&O was one that provided a few.
you prepared a very realistic looking load - the transformer looks great on this depressed flat car.
It will be perfect with appropriate tiedown-equipment - would be nice to see a photo of your installation