My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Freight Cars - Flat Cars

Santa Fe FT-13 Depressed Center Flat Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-01
Page:
61
Author:
Stephen M. Priest
Description:
The ATSF only had two of these cars. Prototype photo and scale drawings are included.

A 4-truck Flatcar Conversion

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 38, Number 1, February 2014
Page:
25
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Scale:
S
Description:
The author took an American Flyer depressed-center flat car and kitbashed it into a four-truck depressed-center flat car designed for carrying heavy loads. He describes how he built the special trucks for this project. For the load he is using a SouthWind Models Type A large transformer.

A Bucket Load for a Flat

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-09
Page:
80
Author:
Richard Flock
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using an O-scale dipper for an HO-scale load.

A Bulkhead Flatcar for Two Gauges

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-07
Page:
64
Author:
Lee Vande Visse
Description:
Taking a standard gauge car, the author modeled a narrow gauge one. However, most of the article appears to be scratchbuilding the model. Includes scale and isometric drawings of how he built the flat car frame. Also includes prototype photos.

A Military Load for the F22 Gun Flats

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 32 March 2006
Page:
35
Author:
Bruce F. Smith
Scale:
HO
Description:
Transporting large naval guns using these flat cars. The author used Crown Custom Imports' brass models. Includes a prototype, several model photos, and an equipment drawing of the two cars required to carry the load. The author also lists the sources for the gun barrels (i.e the load).

A Tale of Two Rail & Tie Cars Part Two

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 33 July 2007
Page:
15
Author:
Tom Houle
Scale:
O
Description:
In this installment the author describes how he built the car out of styrene. Includes some drawings and construction photos.

AE&FR Flat Motor No.49

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-06
Page:
86
Author:
James Tangney
Description:
This is a follow-up to the article by the author in the May 1996 issue. This installment contains more information, some corrections to the previous article, prototype and model photos, and scale drawings of the car and its plow.

AF Heavyweight Hauler

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-03/04
Page:
33
Author:
Richard Carlson
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he built a Schnabel Heavy Weight Hauler look-alike from various A.F. parts

An Assembly Jig for Mass-producing Wooden-underframe Flat Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-06
Page:
42
Author:
Jack Burgess
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a jig for making lots of flat cars.

An Easy-to-build Flatcar

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 1, Winter 1985
Page:
10
Author:
James Soberman
Scale:
S
Description:
This article describes how to scratchbuild a model of the Virginia and Truckee Railroad's flat car as it was built around the late 1890s.

An N Scale Depressed Center Flatcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2001-08
Page:
76
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Scale:
N
Description:
The author uses the GHQ pewter depressed center flat car to model a C&NW car as built in 1928. A prototype photo and several model photos are included, as well as a materials list. This list is necessary, because this article also describes how he built the large transformer load from scratch.

Back-dated (shortened) Piggyback Flat

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-03
Page:
76
Author:
W. Allen McClelland
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shortened Athearn's 85-foot flat car to 75 feet to make his V&O TOFC piggyback flat car. Includes one prototype and several model photos.

Build a Baby Opera Window Center-Beam Flatcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-08
Page:
84
Author:
Dean Foster
Scale:
HO
Description:
For transporting lumber.

Build a Pennsy Flatcar from Scratch

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-10
Page:
81
Author:
John R. Porter
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.

Build a Soo Line Flatcar and a Transformer Load

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1980-10
Page:
86
Author:
Rick Johnson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using two 40-foot Athearn flat cars, the author kitbashed this 54-foot flat car, including adding many details. The second half of the article covers how he built the transformer loads. Also includes prototype photos and scaled drawings of a Soo Line depressed-center flat car with transformer loads.

Build Burlington Northern's Lumber Flat

Magazine:
S Gaugian 1981-07/08
Page:
21
Authors:
Ernie Horr & Ron Tilton
Scale:
S
Description:
Ernie describe how he built a model of this 65-foot BN finished-products lumber flat car. Includes a model and a prototype photo, and scaled drawings.

Building 30' Flat cars

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-06
Page:
27
Author:
Cyril Durrenberger
Scale:
HO
Description:
Changing a kit into a prototypically-correct model.

Building a Fleet of Carter Brothers' Flat Cars

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2005-12
Page:
26
Author:
Chuck Lind
Scale:
On3
Description:
Scratchbuilding a good number of flat cars using a jig. Includes construction photos, diagrams, and completed photos.

Building a Mining Dump Truck Load

Magazine:
NMRA Bulletin 2002-09
Page:
31
Author:
Tom Peterson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Flat car open loads. Prototype and model photos.

Bulkhead Flat And Frisco Plug Door Box Car

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2008-01/02
Page:
11
Author:
Don Heimburger
Scale:
S
Description:
Two photos taken by the author of Stan Furmanak's scratchbuilt TTPX bulkhead flat car and a plug-door box car. Both were shown at the 2007 NASG Convention in Baltimore, MD.

Cast Your Own Freight Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2004-08
Page:
72
Author:
Don Ball Jr.
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author wanted a number of 29-foot identical flat cars that were not commercially available, so he built a master, made the two-part mold, and made several castings. Includes a sidebar on how to make removable loads using magnets.

CP Rail's 89'-4" Flat Cars Protofile 66

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-01
Page:
103
Author:
Charles Derus
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modeled this long car using two MDC No. 1280 undecorated 60-foot flat cars.

Depressed Center Flat Cars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-05/06
Page:
32
Author:
Scott Seekins
Scale:
N
Description:
This article describes how the author weathered the C&NW # 48567 GHQ depressed center flat car.

Ex-PRR F41b in Lansdale, Pa.

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 47 No.4
Page:
33
Author:
Don Flathman
Description:
Two photos of PRR #480047 found on August 2014.

Freelanced Narrow Gauge Flatcar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-06
Page:
34
Author:
Doug Leffler
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
Using strip wood, the author built this narrow gauge flat car. With some adjustment, this car could also be built to fit standard gauge.

Heavy Loads CEBX 8OO

Magazine:
Scale Rails 2006-03
Page:
21
Author:
William Tokaruk
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article covers how the author tackled building a Schnabel car.

Hirail TOFC

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 15, Number 2, April 1992
Page:
14
Author:
Gary Ippolito
Scale:
S
Description:
Modeling trailer-on-flat-cars with some O-scale Lionel parts, and Ertl or similar trailers. Includes several model photos.

Improving Athearn's Piggyback Flatcar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1979-03
Page:
75
Author:
Geoff Hubbs
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he made some changes to this kit to have it ride lower and improve operations.

Improving Weaver’s 53' Flat Car

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 01 March 2002
Page:
27
Author:
Edward F. Bommer
Scale:
O
Description:
The author describes the details he improved on this car to make it a better representative model of a UP 70 ton Commonwealth Steel
Castings flat car.

Installing Sill Steps and Couplers on Rex Car Bodies

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 06, Number 1, Winter 1983
Page:
6
Author:
Richard Lind
Scale:
S
Description:
The author replaced the Rex sill steps on his flat cars and gondolas with those made by Grandt Line. The article also covers installing Kadee No. 5 couplers.

Kitbashed Logging Flats

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-05
Page:
54
Author:
Jeff Johnston
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author converted some 40-foot Athearn flat cars to better fit his pre-1930s era. Drawings and close-up photos show all the work he did to do this conversion. A prototype photo of the Minarets & Western flat car is included.

Kitbashing a Durango & Silverton M.O.W. Flat Car with Load

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-09
Page:
78
Author:
Frank Geraci
Scale:
HO
Description:
Modeling a unique flat car.

Kitbashing a Micro-Trains 89' Flat Car

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-05/06
Page:
26
Author:
David W. Savage
Scale:
N
Description:
Modifying this car into a 75' Pennsy Truc-Train car, including shortening the car, installing wood planking, creating square mounting holes, and modifying the trailers on the car.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 1, Winter 1986
Page:
8
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
How to convert an A.C. Gilbert American Flyer flat car into a "scale" model. Includes drawings showing how to modify the body, and includes a parts list.

Marble Service Flatcars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-11
Page:
72
Author:
Bill Gill
Scale:
HO
Description:
After reading the John Nehrich article in the January 1986 issue of Model Railroader, the author followed the same approach to take two Athearn 40-foot flat car kits and built these cars. He added more rivets to the model by using CA glue rivet heads. Includes prototype and model photos.

Model of the Month

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
80
Author:
Don Manlick
Scale:
HO
Description:
Schnabel flatcar.

Modeling a New Haven Piggyback Flat Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-05
Page:
55
Author:
Dave Messer
Scale:
HO
Description:
After describing the prototype, the author describes how he took an Intermountain flat car to model this New Haven car. Includes several prototype and model photos.

Modeling The Pennsylvania Railroad's Flat Car Fleet Part 8

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 39 October 2006
Page:
16
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Description:
This installment covers the F31 and F31A classes. Contains extensive prototype history, some prototype and model photos, and scale diagram.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Flat Car Fleet

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 73 Spring 2010
Page:
30
Author:
Jack Consoli
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers modeling the F30 class. Includes prototype and model photos. The author took a brass F31 model and cut it to the right length to model the F30.

Modeling the Piggyback Cars of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2004-10
Page:
91
Author:
Rusty Recordon
Scale:
HO
Description:
Building the flat cars from parts of other kits.

Modeling the PRR F30E

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-11
Page:
109
Author:
Chuck Yungkurth
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author shows how he scratchbuilt one of these cars. Includes model photos and construction detail drawings.

Modifying Walthers Depressed Center Flat Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2007-10
Page:
87
Author:
Mike Rose
Scale:
HO
Description:
The article describes how the author added detailing to the basic model, matching its prototype. Includes a prototype photo and several close-up model photos.

Narrow Budget Narrow Gauge

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
29
Author:
Bill Wade
Scale:
Sn3
Description:
Modified flat cars that were used for hauling logs, based on the scratchbuilt car documented in the February 1995 issue of this magazine.

Northern Pacific #65618

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
28
Author:
Brian F. Reynolds
Scale:
N
Description:
The author built a 89'4" flat car with stake pockets from a cast metal flat car by JnJ Trains. Photos only show the finished product.

Northern Pacific's Standard 52' Flatcar

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2016-11
Page:
64
Author:
James Kinkaid
Description:
This article describes the history of these flat cars, and includes drawings and many prototype photos (including frame-only photos).

Pennsylvania RR F30E Flatcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1986-11
Page:
106
Author:
Richard Burg
Description:
Prototype photos and scaled drawings accompany a brief history about this car built in 1953/54.

S Scale Class GR

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 05 December 2003
Author:
Bill Lane
Scale:
S
Description:
This is a brief overview of the kit by Funaro & Camerlengo class GR offered by Central Hobby Supply of Syracuse NY.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2001-03/04
Page:
19
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
This article is about converting an American Flyer depressed-center flat to scale, and building a transformer load.

Scratchbuild a Depressed Center Flatcar

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-03
Page:
87
Author:
Edward C. Steinberg
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built a six-wheeled depressed-center flatcar using styrene and ABS plastic.

Scratchbuilding the F24 Flat Car

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 75 Autumn 2010
Page:
17
Author:
David J. Vinci
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article shows step-by-step how to scratchbuild this MOW car. He describes the tools he used to the various parts, so it is a good general article on scratchbuild freight cars as well.

Smoky's Flat Car Kit a Deadringer of Prototype

Magazine:
Model Railroad News 2008-11
Page:
40
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the Southern Railway 41-foot flat car kit by Smoky Mountain Model Works.

The PRR F33 Deep Well Flat Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-07
Page:
60
Author:
Kris Kollar
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author provides historical background and his description of building the Funaro & Camerlengo PRR F3 resin kit. Includes prototype and model photos, and how he built the large crate load.

Train Room Confessions

Magazine:
The Marker Lamp Vol 61 #4 2016
Page:
9
Author:
Duane Richardson
Scale:
HO
Description:
Covers how to build a 30-foot flat car. Learning how to build a flat car is the basis for building a gondola, box car, or reefer.

Weathering a Flat Car Deck

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2013-07
Page:
63
Author:
Gregor Moe
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author modifies an Intermountain flat car's deck to match the decrepit look of a prototype flat car that he was able to photograph from above. Includes prototype and model photos.

Well-hole Flatcars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1976-11
Page:
87
Author:
Robert Mohowski
Description:
Photos and scale drawings for Western Maryland 6010-11, C&O 80996-80999, and NYC 499086.