Reply to "my first custom rail car"

Odenville Bill posted:

I took apart a very rough Marx caboose this morning.  I'm thinking work caboose.  I have a flat car that I don't like.  Maybe this will help.  Messing with the photos on the computer, I feel the caboose needs to be boobed just over one section width.  All design ideas are welcome.  This will be my first custom train car.  Any suggestions on how to get a clean cut?  Will Testors model glue put the shortened caboose back together?  I have same brand putty too.

 

go4 002run 005run 002run 003While making a pick up run to the Soggy Bottom Scrapyard, a new idea started.  Lionel Lines 6047 is my first caboose (about 1960).  I would like for it to roll well (see axles) and get interior lighting of some sort.  What about window glass?   Would it be easier to buy a good used fancy model and put my shell on it?  Again, input requested.

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if you spread the side frames you can pull the wheel sets and pull the wheels off the axles and hit the axles and wheels with wire wheel on a bench grinder.

after reasymble, oil axles on both sides of wheels and everything should roll smoothly after that

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