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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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.
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...
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.
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...
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?
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
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!
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
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
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
Thanks Charlie, they are fun to build. It made me feel like I was in the 1950's again. I love building kits but there are so few of them anymore. LaBelle is one of the last. I have a small stack of them now, but not a lot of time. Don
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...
Great ideal, And good looking. I seen one made from square steel tubing and small "C" channel iron and welded together. Your 1/2" coupling is from the oil/gas fields and not the standard type find in hardware stores.
Several of you train men really have some imagination and building skills. Great jobs, especially the prior four posts. And a super job documenting and photoing your projects. Your efforts shame my attempts to copy Lionel and others rolling stock. Keep them coming. Charlie
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