My Library - Magazine Articles By John R. Porter

Build a Pennsy Flatcar from Scratch

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-10
Page:
81
Category:
Freight Cars - Flat Cars
Description:
The author describes in his usual step-by-step process how to scratchbuild a PRR FM 40-foot flat car. The article includes scaled and detail drawings, model photos, and one prototype photo showing the car carrying a load of dimensioned lumber.

Scratch-build a 1909 Pennsylvania Railroad Class Kf Stock Car Part 1

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-06/07
Page:
14
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
The author starts of by providing prototype background information about this car. The construction begins with the center sill, floor support, brake system, body bolster, side sills, coupler-mounting pads, painting the frame, and floor construction. The includes a large number of diagrams, a parts list, and some model and prototype photos. The underframe was used for box cars and reefers of that same era, so this article can be used to scratchbuild those as well. Includes a sidebar what PRR "freight-car red" is and how we can model it.

Scratch-build a 1909 Pennsylvania Railroad Class Kf Stock Car Part 2

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-10/11
Page:
19
Category:
Freight Cars - Stock Cars
Scale:
S
Description:
Covered in this installment are: the sides, the ends, assembling the body, the roof, and some updates to Part 1. Lots of diagrams are included, as well as a couple of model photos.

Scratchbuild a Wartime Hopper Car Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
107
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how to scratchbuilt a wooden hopper in S-scale (differences between scales are discussed as they affect materials or steps). This installment describes how to build the center sill, bolsters, end sills and braces, underframe, brake rigging (both K-2 and AB brakes), kingpin blocks, the car's sides, the car's ends, the slope sheets, and assembling and details the superstructure. Includes many detailed drawings. (By the way, there is a photo of the author on the Web; he is the second one up from the lower right-hand corner)

Scratchbuild a Wartime Hopper Car Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-12
Page:
126
Category:
Freight Cars - Hoppers
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues the article, this time building the center sill slopes, the midframe plates, the bottom slope plates, the hopper doors, and adding detailing, brake rigging, ladders, grab irons, and the couplers.