My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Freight Cars

"Springing" The Pacific Rail Shops Bettendorf Trucks

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 13, Number 4, August 1990
Page:
6
Author:
Jon Firpach
Scale:
S
Description:
Improving the look and the performance of the PRS truck by removing the springs section and adding "real" springs. Includes photos.

A Beginner's Guide to Weathering

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
36
Author:
Paul J. Downs
Scale:
N
Description:
Weathering freight cars using both dry-brushing and airbrushing.

ABCs of Freight Car Tune-up

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-05
Page:
70
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
How to make sure that trucks are operating correctly, couplers are functioning, and the car's weight is correct.

Adding Weights to Cars

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
11
Author:
Gary Woodard
Description:
Describes the NMRA-recommended weights for cars, and what kind of weights the author used to bring his cars up to spec.

Aging Plastic Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-08
Page:
94
Author:
Lou Sassi
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using the heat of a lightbulb to deform the sides of freight cars to represent damage.

Air Brakes for Model Railroaders

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1994-11
Page:
100
Author:
Fred Carlson
Description:
This article covers how a freight car brake system works, how it is operated, and how we can simulate its working in our layout operating sessions. Includes several close-up photos and many diagrams.

American Models AAR Freight Car Truck

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 06, Number 2, Spring 1983
Page:
14
Author:
Dick Cataldi
Scale:
S
Description:
A review of the standard North American truck used from the late 1930s on, which has self-aligning, spring-plankless, and double-truss plain bearings.

Andrews and Bettendorf Trucks

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-06
Page:
108
Author:
Carl Swanson
Description:
In this Q&A section, the author explains the difference between an Andrews and a Bettendorf freight car truck. It also covers the Vulcan truck, which was a third competitor. Also covered are the PRR's "Type Y" truck, which is a Bettendorf variant that later became the AAR standard truck.

Back to Basics

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1981-07/08
Page:
6
Author:
Roger Ingbretsen
Scale:
S
Description:
It is prototypical to use passenger locomotives to pull freight trains.

Building a Barrel Car Kit

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
510
Author:
William Kendall
Scale:
O
Description:
This article covers how to build the Ye Olde Huff n' Puff barrel car kit.

Car Kits and Kadee Couplers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
110
Author:
Jim Kelly
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author takes the beginner through the process of building freight car kits from several popular manufacturers. He also covers building and installing couplers.

Car Weighting

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
56
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
A basics article on using a scale, weights, and double-side tape to properly weigh cars to their NMRA specs. Shows types of weights available.

Cars Received and Forwarded on the Minneapolis and St. Louis Division of the C&NW Part 2

Magazine:
Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler Volume 9, #2
Page:
46
Description:
Eight more pages of a multi-page report indicating car type and commodity hauled from January 1, 1967 to June 30, 1969.

CN's "Circus Cars"

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-04
Page:
46
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Description:
Three boxcars and a cylindrical hopper car were colorfully painted with representative symbols indicating what was carried by that car as part of the company's advertising campaign.

Colorful Choices in New SHS Rolling Stock

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-11/12
Page:
21
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes a good number of new S-Helper Service's freight cars that are available.

Custom Decals

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-03
Page:
78
Author:
Rick Johnson
Description:
Tips for preparing decal artwork and using the Alps printer.

Decaling

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
102
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
The basics on applying decals.

Designing and Obtaining Private Road Name Heralds

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
123
Author:
Louis Adler
Description:
When modeling a freelance railroad, you need to design your own logos and heralds. This article describes how to do this (before computers), and then how to order decals sets for your custom drawings.

Dual-magnet Uncoupling

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
83
Author:
Charles Davis
Description:
The author found that using small, cylindrical rare-earth magnets, he was able to achieve more reliable uncoupling using the Kadee couplers. The concept has been tested in several scales.

Easy See-through Roofwalks

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-04/05
Page:
8
Author:
John W. Pratt
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers how to replace the American Models' roofwalk on a box car with an O-scale one made by Quality Craft Models. Includes construction photos.

Engineering Department

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2010 Fall
Page:
11
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
In trying to assure that your equipment stays on the track, this article covers trackwork, dirt, and center of gravity. Includes an explanation and diagram for the three-point suspension system recommended for cars.

Enhancing Classic Kits: Freight Car Trucks Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-09
Page:
86
Author:
John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article includes information about prototype trucks, and how to model them and keep them running on HO-scale freight cars. Includes prototype photos of three types of trucks.

Enhancing Maine Two-foot Trucks in On2/On30

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
69
Author:
Trevor Marshall
Scale:
On2
Description:
How to add brake beams to the trucks to make them prototypically accurate.

Essential Freight Cars Part 20

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
90
Author:
Ted Culotta
Scale:
HO
Description:
For this installment the author show prototype and model photos of some oddball cars: QA&P boxcar, carbon black covered hopper, and a vinegar tank car. The article has a side bar on using abrasives to prepare a model for painting.

Express Reefer from Troop Sleeper in N

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2005-12
Page:
62
Author:
Bill Pearce
Scale:
N
Description:
The author creates a postwar express car from a Micro-Trains troop sleeper, much like the prototype did. Includes prototype photos and detailed instructions about how to do the conversion.

Freightcarology

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-02
Page:
42
Author:
David G. Casdorph
Description:
Prototypes for Plano autorack panel sets using Walthers autorack models. This is part 2 covering the newer panels.

Getting Real

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
31
Author:
Jack Burgess
Description:
To answer the question, "What is a "hot box"?", the author first delves into the design of freight car trucks, how the axle and the journal box interact, and what might cause a hot box. Also covers the Keeley (journal box cooler). Includes several prototype photos of the mentioned items.

Getting Real

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2017-02
Page:
34
Author:
Anthony Thompson
Description:
The author shares his method of applying standards to his equipment on the layout, to help with performance, detailing, and lettering & weathering.

HOn30" Long-wheelbase Trucks

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1977-08
Page:
61
Author:
Ralph Dockham
Scale:
HOn30
Description:
Using European HOn30 arch bars for two-foot gauge lines of Maine.

Keeping HOn3 Springs Intact

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-05
Page:
78
Author:
John Ostler
Scale:
HO
Description:
How to assemble Kadee No. 717 freight trucks without losing the springs.

Kitbashing a CN Ingot Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-08
Page:
60
Author:
Dave Lisabeth
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building models of the Canadian National 60-foot flat cars which were converted to carry aluminum ingots. Article includes model photos, prototype photos, parts list, detailed diagrams, and description of how the author converted a MDC 60-foot flat car.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 3

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 4, Fall 1986
Page:
12
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The series continues with converting A.F. cars to scale models, by converting a quad hopper, and a wine tank car. Includes diagrams and model photos.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 4

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 10, Number 1, Winter 1987
Page:
12
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how to create a Virginian-style rotary coal car and a transfer caboose. Includes model photos and diagrams.

Kitbashing the TH&B's 1000-1149 Series Hopper Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-09
Page:
65
Author:
William H. Sharpe
Scale:
HO
Description:
Kitbashing a Toronto, Hamilton & Buffalo two-bay hopper from an Accurail 55-ton hopper car kit. Includes prototype photos.

Knuckles-n-Pins and Wrapping It Up

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2001-09
Page:
59
Author:
Jim Mansfield
Description:
Several photos show how a coupler works.

Model 6 Different Mill Cars From State Tool & Die's Universal Mill Car

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-10
Page:
30
Author:
Dean Freytag
Description:
Steel slab car, plain deck slab car, well car, gondola, crop car, "X" car (used for heavy rubble service).

Model Railroad Maintenance of Way Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-10
Page:
87
Author:
Don Fiehmann
Description:
This article covers using the NMRA standards gauge to check your rolling stock's wheels, verifying the correct coupler height, measuring the cars' weight, and lubricating if necessary. Coupler trip pin adjustment is discussed, and a portable test track is described.

Model Santa Fe TOFC Rebuilds in HO

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
109
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Scale:
HO
Description:
Creating a model of the piggyback conversion covered in the prototype article in this magazine issue (see page 104). Many detail drawings and bill of materials.

Modeler's Guide To Freight Car Trucks

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-12
Page:
72
Author:
Jeff Wilson
Description:
This article covers the history of freight car trucks, as well as naming the various parts that make up a truck. Prototype photos and texts are provided for Archbar, Andrews, Bettendorf, AAR, roller bearing, and several specific trucks. The last part of the article is an overview of N- and HO-scale trucks and wheels.

Modeling Tarpaper Roofs

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-02
Page:
108
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Scale:
HO
Description:
Information on how to use tissue paper to model weathered freight car roofs.

Modeling Tips for Attaching Freight Car Running Boards

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-10
Page:
72
Author:
Ted Culotta
Scale:
HO
Description:
This is a sidebar to a larger article, in which the author describes the finer details about how to properly attach a running board (a.k.a. roof walk) to a box car. Also described are how to install the end supports and straps, as well as grab irons.

MR Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-09
Page:
110
Author:
Russ Schoof
Description:
This is an instructional tip on how to make an actuating lever to catch the axle of a piece of rolling stock that needs to be parked on a grade. His design also includes a safety LED, to be mounted in the fascia, to indicate whether or not the lever is in a position to catch the next axle.

MR Workshop

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1992-02
Page:
146
Author:
Jim Kelly
Description:
Jim describes a jig that can be used to consistently place grab irons' holes in the correct spots at the corners of freight cars. A diagram is included.

NASG Convention Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 3, June 2010
Page:
30
Author:
Jeff Madden
Scale:
S
Description:
A listing of the annual NASG Convention cars from 1985 through 2010.

NSC 53' Drawbarred Well Car Roster and Pictorial

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2002-08
Page:
30
Author:
David G. Casdorph

Painting Wooden Freight Car Floors

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-02
Page:
71
Author:
Stan Rydarowicz
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows techniques for painting plastic models such that their floors look like they're made from wood using an airbrush. Very realistic looking.

Puget Sound Tie Replacement Train Part II

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
56
Author:
Mike Busch
Scale:
N
Description:
Building models for a tie replacement train.

Quick & Dirty Freight Car Weathering

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2003-02
Page:
68
Author:
John Pryke
Description:
Shows how to weather freight cars using an airbrush. Shows which colors to use, what the typical weathering pattern is for particular cars.

Reflectorized Safety Striping

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-02
Page:
52
Author:
Todd Sullivan
Description:
How to simulate safety striping that started appearing on rolling stock and locomotives in the 1970s.

Reweigh Dates on Freight Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-04
Page:
72
Author:
Anthony Thompson
Description:
This article describes how car reweigh information is stated on the freight car, and how often it was done.

Rolling Stock Gilbert Could Have Made, But Didn't...

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-03/04
Page:
25
Author:
Bob Werre
Scale:
S
Description:
A hypothetical set of freight cars that A.C. Gilbert didn't make. Includes models by Gary Ippolito and Jerry Poniatowski.

Rolling Stock Grade Brake

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-06
Page:
38
Author:
Ron Roberts
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a handbrake to hold a car on a grade.

Santa Fe Piggyback Conversions

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-12
Page:
104
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Discusses the conversions the AT&SF is undertaking (at the time of the article) to support the increase in 45-foot and longer highway trailer traffic. Many prototype photos and an HO-scale drawing of ATSF #293241 are included.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-11/12
Page:
20
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
This article covers some of the older S-scale freight car kits that might still be available on the secondary market (in 2001). Covered are Rex Engineering, Super Scale (PermaBilt), Kansas City Kits, C-D Scale Models, Westbrook, Midgauge, Nixon Model Company, Bob Peare Engineering Corp, Sunshine Models, Northeastern Scale Modles, Kinsman, Stewart (now Ye Old Huff 'n Puff), Ambroid, Russ Mobley, and Quality Craft Models.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2007-11/12
Page:
16
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the use of Kadee HO-scale and S-Helper Service S-scale couplers and how they are used and installed on S-scale equipment.

Scale Scenes

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-03/04
Page:
14
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers the various wheels available in S, and covers the various dimensions of parts of the wheels and what is used in S. In particular, the author describes the wheels that are available from NWSL, including the Proto:64 wheels. (related web page)

Scratchbuilding Freight Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-04
Page:
78
Author:
Bob Walker
Description:
The article covers how the author built a commissary car, but it covers a lot of information about why you might want to scratchbuilt your own freight car and what the general steps might be.

Short and Easy

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 14, Number 4, August 1991
Page:
14
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
The idea is to decorate one side of a car for one railroad name or road number, and the other for another.

Simplified Lettering for Burlington Northern Freight Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-06
Page:
132
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Description:
Painting and applying decals for modern-day BN freight cars.

Starters Part 3

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-04/05
Page:
41
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers the AAR double-truss freight truck, with several S-scale models photographed.

Starters Part 4

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
44
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers the S-scale versions of the National Type B, Buckeye six-wheel, and roller bearing trucks. Includes sample photos of each.

Starters Part 5

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1992-04/05
Page:
47
Author:
Kent Singer
Scale:
S
Description:
This installment covers the four-wheel plain bearing passenger trucks made in S-scale.

The Long and Short of It

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 35, Number 1, February 2011
Page:
19
Author:
Charles Bettinger
Scale:
S
Description:
How to convert an ACF 3-bay covered hopper to a ACF 2-bay hopper.

The Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2002-01/02
Page:
12
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
The author covers the product lines of Sunshine Models, Liberty Models, Mainline Models, Regal Kits, Wisconsin Central, Train Stuff, and how they compare to the products available in 2002.

The Workshop

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 32 May 2007
Page:
43
Author:
Neville Rossiter
Scale:
O
Description:
This column focuses on making a small modification to install Kadee couplers on an Atlas SW switcher.

Tips

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 16, Number 2, April 1993
Page:
16
Author:
Gale Hall
Scale:
S
Description:
Some ideas on changing things up a bit with freight cars, such as leaving off the journal box caps, leaving previous ownership paint schemes partially visible, odd gondola ends, hoppers freeze so a fire would be started next to them to defrost their load leading to interesting weathering,

Track Cleaning

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-07/08
Page:
54
Author:
James E. Reising
Scale:
N
Description:
Description of an extensive MOW train that includes at least 6 track cleaning cars to maintain a club's layout.

Tractors by the Trainload

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
52
Author:
Ben Van Veldhuizen
Description:
Moving farm equipment to the market. Prototype photos of the early 1900s. Modern day photos of equipment moving freight cars. A model railroad layout track plan that models the transport of these types of equipment.

U-1 Wheel Stencils

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-03
Page:
73
Author:
Jim Panza
Description:
Explanation of the yellow or white dots that appear in a black square on the side of freight cars. These indicate cars that are still equipped with sub-standard wheels. Many prototype photos are included.

Using Semi-scale wheels and couplers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-03
Page:
68
Author:
David J. Leider
Scale:
HO
Description:
Changing the wheels and couplers of freight cars to more-to-scale ones improves the look of the models. He uses wheels from Reboxx and Intermountain, and couplers from Accumate. He uses the Reboxx Exxact Socket tool to improve the free-rolling characteristic of the trucks.

Weathering Steel Mill Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-12
Page:
112
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Description:
Unique hot-metal cars. Simulating glowing metal in the cars using miniature fluorescent light with red plastic filter.

When Boxcars Were Red: Painting and Lettering in N-scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-05
Page:
82
Author:
Robert D. Turner
Scale:
N
Description:
Modeling the variations on the standard 40-foot boxcar. Includes some prototype and many model photos. There are also step-by-step photos on how to letter cars.

Wipe Out Freight Car Wobble

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1999-11
Page:
108
Author:
David K. Smith
Scale:
N
Description:
Explains how to get rid of wobble in N-scale cars.

Working Uncoupler Levers

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1984-11/12
Page:
24
Author:
Jim Peters
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he builds working uncoupler levers for freight cars. Includes two photos and instructional diagrams.