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brr ·
I'm not sure if this is the type of homemade cars you mean, but I built these two cars using a wood base and resin-cast sides and roof. They were scratchbuilt not modified, so don't know if this counts or not.
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prrhorseshoecurve ·
HEre are some Custom Jobs done: K-line MP15 Switcher Complete with Full cab interior Custom N.T.T.X. 5 unit Container Spine car. The White Spine unit is what this car was originally developed from. Custom Built [and not by me] PRR NA cabin car with complete interior PRR Custom built XM Boxcar - All wood Construction PRR NDa made from a Gloorcraft 4 wheeled ND kit.
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pennsynut ·
Quite a long time ago, I bought an MTH 19th Century reefer. Shortened the frame; relocated the trucks; and replaced the body with my scratch built reefer with the doors positioned toward the ends. The model is suposed to represent a 34' car I saw in a photo. Fun project.
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Gilly@N&W ·
I built this magnet car to pickup ferrous material along the track. It collects everything from screws/nuts that may have fallen off to fuzzies/filings from any cutting or drilling activities.
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
I have really been enjoying every ones homemade cars: keep them coming. Homemaking cars has been one of the more enjoyable parts of the hobby for me. A homemade aquarium Car was made by cutting out the windows of a small Lionel box car like Gold Bullion car in a prior post. A Lionel Aquarium car sea background was purchased at a train show but one can be made from parchment paper. Plastic fish were cut out of clear plastic form old toy boxes and colored with Sharpies. The fish were suspended...
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G3750 ·
These are my scratch-built ingot buggies (flatcars). This one is hauling my scratch-built ingot molds. Hot! George
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scale rail ·
I took a K-line long flatcar, added some tool boxes from an old Lionel work caboose, and painted them olive drab. Found a Revell Nike missile kit, built it and had a Nike flat car. I was stationed at a Nike base in the Bay Area from 1965 to 1968. It's now a Nike museum. Makes me feel old. Don
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RideTheRails ·
I've created the following two items: The sailboat, above, I found on eBay and subsequently on Amazon. It fits perfectly on the boat/rocket frame. The mast for the sail can be inserted into the boat. The boat is wood and does float. This is a recent build. Mint car with shredded money load. The car is the KC Fed Reserve. The attention to detail part: The shredded money is also from the KC Fed Reserve. Car and money found on eBay. I built this earlier this year. Steve
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Tom Densel ·
I might as well throw my hat into the ring. I have modified/kitbashed several cars over the past few years. This was mostly out of necessity as models of these cars are not commercially available in 3 rail. The first is a Penn Central N9 transfer caboose. I started with a Lionel PS-1 boxcar. Stripped it down to the frame and built everything on top. My model represents an earlier version that used propane for heat. Later units used fuel oil for heat. The propane tanks were replaced by a...
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Jatracy ·
I did not build this unit but i thought i would post this home built E-unit. This locomotive started life as two Postwar Canadian pacific F-3's and a postwar Trainmaster . Found this at my local shop in a collection they had acquired. I enjoy collecting some of the period custom built units as it turns the clock back on our Hobby. This locomotive shows us a time in our hobby when building was the only way to ever get a locomotive that would never be produced. The creativity and the skill of...
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frizzinbee ·
Here's our take on a yellow submarine car. Built/assembled the model kit and mounted it (with magnets) to a well car: Scooby-Doo, painted for my daughter when she was in the middle of a Scooby phase: A dragon transport car I made to go with our Hogwarts Express: P-51 transport car. This one was actually my first ever "kitbash" attempt... Lots I would do different today, but still a fun piece: McQueen and Mater... this one was for my kids' "Cars" phase while running trains at the club: Coyote...
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EricaAnn ·
This is my entry into this thread. This is my built-from-scratch EMD F3 diesel unit. Downloaded a parts diagram from Lionel and began assembling the various parts from a number of different sources. Took about 3 months to get everything. Custom paint and decals by me. Full TMCC electronics, LED lighting and rear electro coupler.
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geysergazer ·
Just a quick bash, this one: I substituted MTH trucks on this old Standard O gondola. This has the effect of lowering the car making it's appearance more prototypical. I have standardized on this style MTH truck. Notice the hole in the car floor just above the bottom axle. That is the original truck mounting hole because Lionel built these cars with that odd off-center truck pivot. So I drilled new holes in order that the trucks and coupler knuckles are correctly positioned. Lew
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brianel_k-lineguy ·
Choo Choo Charlie, that Vanderbilt tender is just a super idea. I wish I had thought of that one, but that's okay... You did. And I love Gandydancer's reefers made from the short 027 box cars. I asked him about it at one time, and if I recall correctly, they're printed paper sides on modified sides to the car. In his photos, they look so good. The car ladders and door hinges look so 3-dimensional. There's a project I really want to get to myself. I've repainted the normal Lionel traditional...
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Vincent Massi ·
Brianel, I hate Conrail. But that's the first Conrail vehicle ever that I didn't hate. It looks pretty sharp.
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Quarter Gauger 48 ·
Hi everyone', here's a scratch built ,"Payroll Car" from a half of an "All Nations ", diner car. The red side is pieces of balsa wood. It is based on a kit of an actual wood payroll car. [ not sure of the brand ] . The trucks are old school "Walthers, cast white metal, with old plastic and metal wheels from various scrap parts. The actual kit was in a million pieces of small 1 x 1.5" sheets of basswood. No hint of instructions, I couldn't figure out how to put it together, so I designed and...
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Let us see your Homemade Lionel (or Other) Style Cars or Engines you have Made or Modified

Choo Choo Charlie ·
Post a write up and pictures of Homemade Lionel (or other) style cars or engines you have made or modified or scratch built. I have made homemade copies of several Lionel cars when I cannot find them or afford them at the time. I will start with my recently completed Lionel 6413 Mercury Capsule transporting car. This is a Junk CarBash. After looking for a reasonable or inexpensive Lionel 6413 Mercury Capsule transporting car or raised-center flat car body (they are rather hard to find and I...
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JD2035RR ·
Wow that's really great Charlie. Love that you can also use the gantry crane to move them around. Fantastic write up as well.
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JD2035RR ·
This isn't quite on your level, but about a year ago, I repainted a 244 Lionel Scout locomotive pink for my oldest daughter in homage to Lionel's "girl's set". I also included diamond rhinestones over the coal load and left "Lionel Lines" visible on the tender. She ended up loving it Now she has her own to play with her older brother. Charlie, your 195Os action packed layout thread inspired me to go forward and get a modest layout up and running in a 5x9 space. Thanks again for sharing all...
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M. Mitchell Marmel ·
Heh. Well, the Razorback Traction Company's stock-in-trade is doing Things to trains that God and Lionel Cowan never intended... Here's a sampling from over the years! Mitch
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stevin ·
thats really cool, keep them coming guy!
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sawdust43 ·
Here are some i've made...go to this link... http://littleglitterhouses.com/MakingTinTrainCars Howard...
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
JD replied "Charlie, your 195Os action packed layout thread inspired me to go forward and get a modest layout up and running in a 5x9 space. Thanks again for sharing all of your great ideas. " JD Thank you for the kind words. I enjoyed building it, and writing it up and you comments fulfill the hopes I had when writing up the post. Mitch I really enjoyed your Razorbacks adorned cars and engines. I have lived in Razorback country 3 separate times. Also liked your giraffe engines to go with...
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Steamer ·
found these in a local antique shop
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
I had several Marx and Lionel Scout type 8 inch box cars and time to make some homemade copies of some of my Lionel favorites. A US Mail car was painted up. Press On letters were used lettering and clear coated for all cars. This one has doors that open. Charlie
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Another homemade car was a Gold Bullion car. Windows were cut in both sides with a Dremel Moto tool with saw blade and a razor saw and plastic windows were added. Gold bars were made from kitchen match sticks painted gold. Two 12v or 7v in series mini Christmas lights were added, a feature the Lionel version does not have . A light pick up was made from brass shim stock. Detail of homemade Pickup is below. A piece of tin can was added to improve durability of shim stock. Come on you closet...
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gunrunnerjohn ·
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Dennis Holler ·
All of these cars came straight from ebay... These below are some of my of my slow projects... A Stretched 265E commodore Vanderbilt and 15" long Pullmans.
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Steamer ·
my 4-8-4 made from two broken 1666 shells
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
Keep those great Homemade cars a coming. I have really enjoyed seeing them and knowing other OGR members like making them and saving money. Here are some of details of my Homemade Centerline Track Cleaning Car, a $3 to $4 version of the brass Centerline, O gauge track cleaning car and it works super. The price of the Centerline Track Cleaning Cars is quite high listing for $133 plus postage. It is made from brass. The brass Centerline car is a work of art and not required to do a mundane job...
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DMASSO ·
Gondola camera car. Covers are shutter packing protectors.
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MNCW ·
Charlie, Very nice on the car design and especially smart on the weight to weigh down the roller! Glad to know it works well. Tom
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Choo Choo Charlie ·
DMASSO Don I really like your camera car covers. I liked using a piece of throw away packing for some worthwhile project. Gondola camera car. Covers are shutter packing protectors. Charlie
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C W Burfle ·
Nice job on the homemade Mercury Capsule cars. The Lionel car is a favorite of mine. I've run across quite a few of them missing the capsules. I see complete ones on EBay, but not too often at the train shows I've attended. The capsules and the metal plates that hold them have been reproduced. The first repros were probably done around 20 years ago, so they could have the look of age to them. The price on the reproductions was through the roof for a while, but I see that Train Tender has...
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lee drennen ·
Don’t know if this counts but here’s a old AHM flat car I’m turning into a 40’ piggyback car
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Adriatic ·
The first. I make due mostly with things "on hand". more of MINE Those balls arent glue to the top, there is a fan. back 2" or so is styrene a radical converstion count? Ever cut, work or polish stainless to a mirror? It's hard working material I promise you. There's more, but I've gotta wait till later. Remind me with another post eh?
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gene maag ·
I made a tin plate Christmas Train. The Sled is made from Precission Board.
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Norton ·
I love what you guys have done. This is nowhere near as creative, simply added the details that MTH "forgot"on their TOFC flats. Like Lee above I used square styrene for stakes and sheet styrene for the sides of the guardrails. Each stake had to be tapered to fit in the pockets. To simulate wood rails the sides were scraped with a razor saw. Lionel ramps were added and the cars lowered to bring them closer in height to Lionel and Weaver cars. So far I have done 6 cars. Pete
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Adriatic ·
I want to see more of the Walker Express car. Is there a link, video etc.?
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lee drennen ·
Pete very nice! I like the old school Razor saw method to make styrene look like wood thats been around for years thanks for posting it. I checked lionel still sells the piggyback ramps but I cannot find any piggyback ACF hitches. Does MTH sell those and the wheel chocks separate? Thanks you did a great job!
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Norton ·
Thanks Lee. I think at one time Lionel sold the hitches but no more. I have not checked to see if MTH sells them. The chocks should be easy to make. I suspect a plain platform with a hole in would work for a hitch as its mostly covered by the trailer. 192 stakes and counting. I no longer buy MTH flats unless they are close to free. Pete
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BOB WALKER ·
As requested, a few more pictures of the auto loader.
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CBS072 ·
I have a few cars and engines that I have reworked... Slug and cab on GP7u Boom car. SWEEP (SW cab and GP7 long hood.
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Janitor John ·
Here's my home made version of Walt Disneys favorite rail car, The Retlaw 101 from Disneyland! https://photos.app.goo.gl/tnW91BU2tUsYHmds8 And here is it being pulled by his favorite loco, my home made E.P. Ripley. https://photos.app.goo.gl/9keTSPvbi25nYakp9
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jhz563 ·
A few custom pieces Lego caboose from plans found online. Mpc era plastic trucks slightly modified to accept Lego pins. Tinplate to lobster claw transition car. A quick Lego car for my son.
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jhz563 ·
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Adriatic ·
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scale rail ·
Made this Milwaukee Road open air car from a LaBelle wood coach kit. The Milwaukee used them in summer across the Cascade Mountains. Working electric marker lights and full interior. It's not Lionel but these are wonderful kits and fun to bash or build as is. I used Atlas metal trucks. Please click on picture to enlarge. Don
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