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    I am out of town for the week and don't have access to my stash of magazines. I have some time to kill so I was wanting to build a few cars to go on the layout. I am doing little, two truck 16' to 20' cars. Something like DVM or International (Chivers). Mainly low side gons and flats although I might build a little stock car also. Does anyone know of plans online that I could use? All my plans are back home in various magazines.

    James Nichols

  • #2
    Try "Google" ???? I dunno.....Good luck, and post some pictures......

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    • #3
      I tried Google and didn't find anything. I remember finding something in the past but I can't for the life of me repeat the search criteria. I figure asking on the forum is the easy way out!

      Your stuff sure looks good. I'll post some pics if I ever get something built.

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      • #4
        Well I do not know of any on-line plans, if your search fails you could always wing most of it, narrow gauge cars are between 6 and 7.5 feet wide. The backwoods flat cars I have built without plans use 2"x6" boards for the decks and 6"x8" boards for the sides and center beams. End beams I make a little larger maybe 10" high and then I notch them a little for the couplers. You could build a bunch of decks and then install the detail parts couplers and trucks later.

        I will try to take a pictue of an HO version and post it later.

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        • #5
          Sorry the HO car I have is a disaster, it got beat up in the box it was in. PM me your email address, I drew a plan for an 18 foot by 7 foof flat car. I can not post the plan as I created it in MS excel.

          Larry

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          • #6
            You could look at the foot hill models site and see if that is enough info to build something.

            That said I dont remember ever finding anything on line when I went looking years ago.

            Try searching for prototype pictures to start.

            Thats how I came up with mine.

            I used to have a couple of files I would send off to folks to scratch their own.

            May be someone here still has a copy they could send you?

            -Marty

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            • #7
              Hi James

              Check out my post here:

              http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...1&whichpage=15

              I just got done working up some plans for my 'home brew' tank car. The flat car is a scale 16' long by 6' wide.(same size as what is available from BVM)

              If your interested PM me or send me an email. I can then email you a larger (cleaner) image of what I've come up with.

              I'm more than happy to share my drawings.
              Michael

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              • #8
                Michael,

                Nice drawing, just watch the width (or distance between) on those needle beams.

                -Mj

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                • #9
                  Hi Marty,

                  Thanks for the heads up about the needle beam spacing. I've moved them in 6 scale inches on both. This is all kind of new to me. This is my first scratch built car.
                  Michael

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                  • #10
                    As short as the car is just use a single needle beam centered.

                    Bill Uffelman

                    Las Vegas NV

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by silveradonorthern


                      Hi James

                      Check out my post here:

                      http://www.railroad-line.com/forum/t...1&whichpage=15

                      I just got done working up some plans for my 'home brew' tank car. The flat car is a scale 16' long by 6' wide.(same size as what is available from BVM)



                      The end beams need to go the full width of the car, instead of being stuck between the side sills as the drawing shows.

                      The truss rods keep the car together by pulling the end beams towards each other - and this force needs something to push against.. With the end beams between the side sills, the side sills do not contribute to the strength of the car.
                      Lennart Elg - the Sloat Lumber Man

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