My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Freight Car Loads

A Bridge Girder Load for the Davies Steel Gondola

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2003-10
Page:
33
Author:
Tom Persoon
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using Atlas bridge girder kit parts to build a load. Shows wood bracing to secure the load.

A Flatcar Full of Tractors

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-07
Page:
64
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he installed six Farmall tractors on a Life-Like Proto 2000 53-foot flatcar.

A Load of Freight Car Trucks For Derailment Cleanup

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2004-03
Page:
27
Author:
Tom Persoon
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a flat car load which contains six trucks and some spare parts for helping fix derailments.

Build a Realistic Flatcar Load

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-12
Page:
48
Author:
Matt Snell
Scale:
HO
Description:
This detailed article shows how to model a steel I-beam load for a bulkhead flat car.

Build a Supersize Flatcar Load

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2011-03
Page:
64
Author:
Ken Patterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a 218-foot refinery tower that is carried on five flat cars.

Casting Junk

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-02
Page:
92
Author:
Roger Baker, Jr.
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes the "damage" he does to his gondolas, and then talks about how he casts loads for them.

Chains, Chocks, and Shackles

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-06
Page:
80
Author:
Jim Hediger
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article is about loads that can be modeled for gondolas and flat cars, and how to realistically tie them down to the car. Specific examples mentioned are construction vehicles, steel pipes, and military vehicles.

Devine Freight Car Loads

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2003-05/06
Page:
50
Author:
Charles J. Devine
Scale:
N
Description:
Making loads for flat cars and gondolas, such as pipes, telephone poles, scrap metal, gears, steel plates, storage tanks, plate girders, lumber, structural steel, boxes, and the "flat car load that was there".

Early Intermodal Part 4A

Magazine:
Model Railroading 1999-04/05
Page:
19
Author:
Larry E. Smith
Description:
This installment covers containerization. The article covers the history of containers, railroads competing with trucks, and the NYC and PRR solutions. Included are a few photos of some of the PRR's containers, as well as a PRR class SD1 container.

Early Intermodal Part 4B

Magazine:
Model Railroading 1999-05/06
Page:
19
Author:
Larry E. Smith
Description:
This installment primarily covers the less-than-carload containers the PRR used. Also covered are the PRR automobile trucks carrying the containers. Includes prototype photos and drawings.

Easy N Scale Pole Loads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-04
Page:
86
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Scale:
N
Description:
The author models a load of cedar poles used by power and utility companies for his N-scale gondola and a flat car with stakes. A prototype photo is included, as well as a parts list for the styrene cradle used to hold the poles during transit.

Economical Coal Loads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
94
Author:
David A. Bontrager
Scale:
HO
Description:
An inexpensive method for filling hoppers using a false styrene floor covered with coal.

Flat Car Loads

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-01/02
Page:
46
Author:
Scott Seekins
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he built a log load, and a tarp-covered load.

Flat Car Loads

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-10
Page:
33
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
Using the HO-scale Tichy Train Group kit #3056 Cement Pipe Flat Car Load on an S-scale car.

Flat Car Loads Part I

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-04
Page:
32
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers how to model a load-that-was, i.e. what remains after a load has been recently removed from the car.

Flat Car Loads Part II

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
28
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
Covered machinery loads from Stewart Locomotive Works.

Flat Car Loads Part III

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-08
Page:
30
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
S
Description:
This article is also a product review of the Building & Structure company's laser-cut low-profile crate used as a flat car load.

Flatcar Loads

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-10
Page:
54
Author:
John Brown
Scale:
HO
Description:
In addition to describing several loads the author built, he also describes his method for placing the loads on the cars, while still allowing them to be removable.

Freight Car Loads

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-06
Page:
50
Author:
Robert Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article focuses on looking at some of the rules railroads follow for securing loads in open-top cars. Loads covered are steel plates, pipe, lumber, tanks, and structural steel. Includes a freight car loading diagram from the 1950 AAR book.

Gondola Details

Magazine:
N-Scale 2001-11/12
Page:
46
Author:
Scott Seekins
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he built several different loads for gondolas.

Hauling Steel on the PRR

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-11/12
Page:
52
Author:
Douglas Nelson
Description:
Showing various steel product car loads in a PRR G33 65-foot gondola.

Homemade Flat Car Loads

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2009-06
Page:
53
Author:
M.R. Snell
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author uses wood to make forms under tarps to simulate loads. He also makes a rebar load. Includes prototype and model construction photos.

Loads for "S" Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 3, June 2010
Page:
10
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shows and describes loads for a flat car and a gondola.

Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Fall
Page:
14
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers the following loads: Chooch Enterprises #7282 "120 Ton Steam Boiler Equipment", Lionel General Motors diesel-driven generator set, Ertl Farmall Super M tractors, Blue Mountain Hobbies coal loads, Steam Depot baled scrap load, and S-Helper Service trailers. Also covered are lumber loads made from ice cream sticks, and pipe loads from plastic drinking straws. Includes photo of all.

Machinery Loads for Gons

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-03
Page:
48
Author:
Clark Propst
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article shows how to make loads that look like machinery that is covered by tarp, using foam blocks and facial tissue.

Making Loads with PVC Pipe Couplings

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2001-06
Page:
29
Author:
Tom Persoon
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using common plumbing supplies, the author builds some fantasy, but believable flat car and gondola loads.

Modeling a Load of Corrugated Pipe

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-04
Page:
77
Author:
David Yadock
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows his technique for using a threaded rod and aluminum foil to simulate thin-walled pipe.

Modeling a Removable Scrap Load for a Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-08
Page:
45
Author:
Wayne A Sittner
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he uses various bits of leftover material to make a realistic-looking load for a gondola.

Modeling a Tarpaulin-covered Load

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-05
Page:
70
Author:
Patrick Bopp
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using tissue paper to cover loads that come from the parts bin.

More Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 5, October 2010
Page:
24
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Scale:
S
Description:
A Rex flat car with a box and a GM engine as its load. A converted AF flat car with a large lumber load.

More Loads for S Scale Open Top Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 1, February 2011
Page:
27
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Scale:
S
Description:
Two photos, one of a Rex Engineering Lowside gondola loaded with a Building & Structure Co. wooden container kit. The other is an American Models flat car with a load of seven John Deere tractors.

Open Loads of Fun

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2005-05/06
Page:
54
Author:
Verne Niner
Scale:
N
Description:
Various tips on how to make loads for hoppers, gondolas, and flats cars.

Real Scrap Loads for your Gons

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-12
Page:
109
Author:
Lou Sassi
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using actual rust particles falling off of a car were used to show an empty gondola as having been recently used, but not quite cleared out.

Removable Flat Car Loads

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-12
Page:
59
Author:
Clark Propst
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article describes how the author was trying to model a single flat car and have its load be swapped out when it was supposed to return empty. This proved harder to do that originally thought because the deck was glued to the car's frame with superglue.

Scrap Loads

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2008-01
Page:
22
Author:
John Swanson
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article is really more of a large tip; use the leftover scraps, filings, etc. left on your workbench after a project and sweep them into a storage container. Later, use those to make loads for gondolas that are headed for the scrap yards.

Scrap Loads for Gondolas and Hoppers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-09
Page:
61
Author:
M.R. Snell
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he made the scrap loads for his cars. The key material he used was Magic Scraps®.

Secure Your Loads with Foil Tarps

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2003-08
Page:
31
Authors:
Peter Soulikas & John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using aluminum foil to make tarp load covers.

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 4, Fall 1987
Page:
10
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Using the cores of Scotch cellophane tape holder as a flat car load. Includes photo and several diagrams.

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 2, June 1988
Page:
10
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a gondola pipe load using straws, and material for the cribbing. Includes a model photo and construction diagrams.

Short & Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 11, Number 3, August 1988
Page:
9
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
A brief article for how to scratchbuild a 6-foot wide seating bench, commonly found at train stations, parks, or backyards. Includes one model photo and construction diagrams.

Short-and-Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 3, June 1990
Page:
10
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
Using Grandt Line castings, the author describes how to make a flat car load transporting large pulley sheaves.

Tie Down That Load

Magazine:
N-Scale 2006-03/04
Page:
25
Author:
Walt Huston
Scale:
N

Train Room Confessions

Magazine:
The Marker Lamp Vol 62 #1 2016
Page:
8
Author:
Duane Richardson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Not every car needs a load, but the author describes several he has built, and shares photos.

Two for the Load

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2012-11
Page:
50
Author:
Bill Gill
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt a lumber load for a flat car, and a pulpwood load for a gondola.

Use Putty to Save On Coal Loads

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2010-12
Page:
75
Author:
Lou Sassi
Scale:
On2-1/2
Description:
Simple coal loads that only use real coal as the top layer.

Who Says You Can't Mix Scales?

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-12/01
Page:
21
Authors:
Tom Lennon & Ken Zieska
Scale:
S
Description:
The authors describe a American Model Builders HO-scale Structural Flat Car Load with Blocking kit (part #206) that can be readily used as a 40-foot flat car load.