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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  



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Posted January 13, 2011 - 11:56 AM

Model Trains has been a subject of interest to me since my early 20's.
In the winter I would get really board because I didn't have a garage and couldn't work on my streetrod ( I wasn't interested in tractors back then ).

I have always liked the old steam trains and one day I saw a AHM plastic model of an Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0 switch engine in the hobby shop.

I bought the model kit and the motorizing kit and put it together.
Then I had to get some track and a transformer so I could run the engine.
That led to me buying more of the plastic 0-8-0 and Casey Jones motorized engine kits back in the early 70's.
Soon I was "kit bashing" and building other types of engines from these two models and have progressed to building brass engines now.
I got hooked on this hobby because I could build something that can move and I can also build the rail cars, buildings and scenery.

Because we have moved around a lot, my train projects have ended up getting packed away as I built them.
Here are a couple of photos of what I built during the winter between 2006 and 2008 just before I packed every thing up ( again ).

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The 2-6-6-4 articulated in the clear case on the bottom shelf, was my first kit-bashed engine.
The tender is built out of plastic drain pipe and sheet plastic.
It is made out of two AHM Indiana Harbor Belt 0-8-0 engine kits and runs on 2-rail DC power.

I then built the 0-4-0 switch engine ( to the right on the bottom shelf ) with the two sets of wheels that were left over from building the articulated.
It has a Lionel slope back tender.
Both of these were built back in the 70's

Even though most of my engines are now built from brass, I still like to tinker with the plastic model kits once in a while.
The black & burgundy 2-6-2 engine on the top shelf is a model of a Japanese switch engine.
The boiler is from a plastic Lionel engine. The wheels, steam chest and cab are from the AHM 0-8-0 engine.

In the top photo ........
The blue 4-6-4 engine is a model of a Japanese freight engine.
It is built from parts of the AHM 0-8-0 and the Casey Jones engine.

The black 2-8-4 engine on the second shelf is made out of the AHM 0-8-0 and has the boiler extended with plastic drain pipe.

The black 2-4-4-4 engine on the bottom shelf is made out of an old aluminum casting with brass running gear.


We've had the house up for sale so all my trains are packed away for moving at the moment.
It has been really cold here lately and it's hard to get the garage heated up enough to work in comfortably and I felt like I needed a brake from working on tractors anyway.
So I decided to dig some of my model train building supplies out of storage so I could have something to do inside the house for a while.

I can't work on building the brass engines because the machines and workbench are to heavy to get down into the basement.
I was able to find some boxes with some wood kits and plastic and wood trim pieces of different shapes and sizes.
I also found the box with tools, paints and glues.

There is an old table that I can work on in the basement.

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I brought the small band saw in from the garage and set it up in the basement.
I also fixed up a rack on the wall to hold some of the trim pieces and the balsa wood.

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My first project was a box car.
Here are the basic parts of an old kit.
They are: the roof walk, roof section, floor and two end pieces.

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These are glued and nailed up to form a solid frame work structure.

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There was a pack of cardboard boxcar sides from back in the 30's or 40's.
They are in rough shape but still usable.
I glued them to the sides of the frame work and glued the roof section on.

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Here are a pair of trucks and a wood "I"-beam for the under carriage support.
Also 4-brass corner braces and a pair of ladders.

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I put those on and finished trimming out the box car with balsa wood strips.
The foot stirrups, hand rails and floor truss rods are made out of wire.
I couldn't find any brake wheels, brake rigging or couplers so I'll have to put those on later.
The box car is just primed for now and will get the finish paint and decals later also.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 12:06 PM

That is sweet. Just as cool as your R/T, and strikes my second major hobby, model trains. It's good to know I can keep my second hobby lol. By the way, Dad and I have a huge collection of American Flyer S gauge trains.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 12:42 PM

Ray, is there anything that you CAN'T build ?:worshippy1:

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 12:44 PM

Very Cool Ray, nice collection



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Posted January 13, 2011 - 01:26 PM

Very nice work Ray and very nice collection. I would love to start collection trains. I remember dad having a setup we would put under the Christmas tree every year. I would love to start that tradition again.

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 04:34 PM

Ray, is there anything that you CAN'T build ?:worshippy1:


Great collection and building skills:worshippy1:

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Posted January 13, 2011 - 05:40 PM

Nice i also have several O scale Lionel and MTH most are prewar with some post war with a few new ones. All packed away as when we moved last year there wasn't room for them, some day i will build another big layout are leave them for the son.