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mwbpequod Posted - 12/24/2011 : 1:16:10 PM
These 2 are the first of several left over from a large box lot of cars and rubbish (emphasis on rubbish, ) that I had bought a few years ago. I pulled all of the decent cars that took only a few hours of effort to move them to either keep or depart. The rest were salvaged for parts, trucks, etc and more than a few made some great kindling last winter,

But, I kept a few on the shelf thinking that there might be something there other than just kindling.

These 2 were basically wooden boxes with a boxcar roof section all nailed together when I started.
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mwbpequod Posted - 01/10/2021 : 12:56:15 PM
The parts get soft and crumbly, sometimes with a white residue.

In this case the bolsters were cracked and warped off the floor a good 3/16" in the middle. Unscrewing from the floor let them fall into several pieces.

Usually this in the various Zamac alloys compromised by some contamination by lead, etc.
deemery Posted - 01/10/2021 : 11:41:35 AM
Originally posted by George D

What does "Zn pestilated" mean?


Zinc alloy castings can, over time, fail. This was the problem with the old Central Valley trucks and with a lot of die-cast boilers and other parts. The parts get soft and crumbly, sometimes with a white residue.

George D Posted - 01/10/2021 : 11:39:10 AM
What does "Zn pestilated" mean?

mwbpequod Posted - 01/10/2021 : 09:28:49 AM
Rebuilt the underbody.......old bolsters were Zn pestilated.......and AB brake parts were just pinned in place.

BurleyJim Posted - 01/05/2021 : 11:53:37 AM

Outstanding job on these cars, you certainly build some beautiful cars.

mwbpequod Posted - 01/05/2021 : 10:51:48 AM
Bit of a mess, but should also be a pretty quick rebuild and finishing job....

robert goslin Posted - 01/04/2021 : 7:34:44 PM
Really impressive work Martin. This they thread has been going for years and just keeps getting better.
Although the rolling stock is old, you are bringing them up to an excellent level of presentation.
slimrails Posted - 01/04/2021 : 06:02:08 AM
Beautiful reefers and gon, Martin. I'm a big fan of your builds!
mwbpequod Posted - 01/03/2021 : 11:28:26 AM
Originally posted by Michael Hohn

Beautiful models. Martin.

Maybe you know this, but the doors on the Pennsy boxcars had special hardware and were recessed when closed so that they were flush with the sides.

I like all them.


Yes, but I think that getting a kit car that's older than me to actually do that with opening doors is more than a little tricky.

Maybe when I build the unstarted kits I can at least recess the doors and sacrifice operating doors
TRAINS1941 Posted - 01/03/2021 : 10:12:44 AM
Beautiful work.
Michael Hohn Posted - 01/03/2021 : 09:43:01 AM
Beautiful models. Martin.

Maybe you know this, but the doors on the Pennsy boxcars had special hardware and were recessed when closed so that they were flush with the sides.

I like all them.

George D Posted - 01/03/2021 : 09:09:59 AM
Another nice looking car. I like the weathering.

mwbpequod Posted - 01/03/2021 : 08:41:00 AM
Total rebuild on the underbody and sides......weight under the ballast load that was added, too. Ready to go to its new home.....

mwbpequod Posted - 12/27/2020 : 1:26:30 PM
Originally posted by deemery

I got a couple Westerfield kits of those PRR reefers in HO.

I think I have 2 of the O scale kits for this car on the shelf. Someday............
deemery Posted - 12/27/2020 : 1:04:21 PM
I got a couple Westerfield kits of those PRR reefers in HO.


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