Flat car rehab

Needing some cars for Team Track Tuesday, I rehabbed 4 flat cars that I had laying around.

First off is a flat car that was part of a Trainz auction I won. Its a basic plane, unlettered scratchbuilt flat:

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That plain desk just screams out to have wood deck placed on it. And I love those stake pockets

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Here it is after the board by board deck has been installed...

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After couplers were added, decals and some weathering...

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And in service for a Team Track Tueday...

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Next is an Industrial Rail flat car (with the automobile removed). I weathered this and turned it into a wheel car...

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and with the wheel set load...

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Next are two AHM flat cars that I had lying in a parts box. very basic with no trucks or couplers...

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with all those nice stake pockets, who would put those holes in the deck?  These have to be filled along with losing the clunky stirrups and molded in grab irons...

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Here the holes are filled, the stirrups replaced with Tichy stirrups and the grab irons installed. For the grabs, I used Tichy Train groups "S" scale grabs as they fit better than the "O" scales ones would have. I noticed that these cars do not come with a handbrake of any kind. So I installed vertical hand brake on one end...

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I filled the bolsters in so they can be drilled to accept a 2-56 screw to attach the trucks and finally ready for paint...

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Here is a photo of a car I used for inspiration on painting/decaling one of the cars...

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and here it is out of paint and ready to paint and weather the deck...

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Here the basic deck is painted and ready for weathering...

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here it is weathered and Atlas trucks and dummy couplers installed...

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The last one is painted black with Protocraft decals and weaver trucks...

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And so you have it. Some rehabbed flats waiting go to work and appear in future Team Track Tuesdays...

Mark

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