Flatcar advice

If they come screwed down to a plastic base and I'm planning to keep 'em on the car,  I'll drill holes  as needed and run screws up through the deck into the vehicle.  

For example:


Tiedown is wire scrounged from the parts bin.  



It's crackers to give a rozzer the dropsy in snide!


Remember, SCROUNGE!


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many many many flats cars I have loaded up. Both with farm tractors and construction equipment. I have used twist ties, those stretchy hair ties the girls put in their hair, and simple wire twisted together under the flat car. farm tractors come from Tractor supply, train shows, flea markets and antique stores. Construction vehicles come from the same. A long string (9-10 cars) at train shows get more attention than any other cars I run because of the variety and color. Sorry I don't have any pics.

Rattler21, I have not added any chains or wires to the load.  Most of the time the flatcar and load stay in the yard.  The load is a little top heavy, so if I run it in a train, I run the train at a slow speed. I have 072 plus curves.

Keith Johnson

rattler21 posted:

Rubber cement works for us.  If we change our mind, the load lifts off and a few rubs removes any residue on the deck of the flat car.  John in Lansing, ILL

Agreed.  Aleene's TACK-IT Over & Over also works good in the same fashion.




2 Rails?  3 Rails?  Doesn't matter, I can't count that high anyway.

I love the smell of fresh-brewed creosote first thing in the morning.

I use green floral wire. First I wrap the wire around the axles of my vehicle then measure out where they fit onto the flatcar. Finally I drill the corresponding pinholes thru the flatcar, pull the wore through, twist the ends and cut off any excess wire so as to not hit the rails. I did over 20 cars like this with my Military loads.

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