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. 

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 have never seen one at a train show) I decided to make one. 

I have the other two center raised-center flat cars.  The first car is the Lionel ACMX 6519 Allis-Chalmers condenser car and it needed a raised-center flatcar deck to handle the tall height of the condenser (made 1958-61).  Then Lionel made the Lionel TLCX 6544 Missile Firing car using the raised-center flat car body from the 6519 (1960-64).  Later, the Lionel TLCX 6413 Mercury Capsule car (made 1962-63) was made from the Lionel Allis-Chalmers Condenser raised-center car body and the Mercury Capsule from the Lionel 3413 Mercury Capsule Launching car Missile.  This let Lionel use the body molds from the Lionel Allis-Chalmers car for to two new cars, and to double use the Mercury Capsules, a typical thing Lionel does.

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Here are a couple of the Lionel 6413 Mercury Capsule transporting cars I want to home make (picture from the internet).  The slightly aqua green blue car in the front is rarer and brings more money.  Notice the track can be seen in the openings between the two metal straps holding up the Mercury Capsules.

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Zero money was used to made the car.  A Lionel 6800 flat car, with a broken corner (the plastic  was harder than normal after being stored in the hot attic) and no trucks and wheels was found.  The second car used was a small Lionel un-numbered flat car complete with trucks in my junk box.  Plastic from a discarded daily desk calendar base and a plastic paper easel were used.  On hand glue, blue paint, two toy optical viewers and letter decals and rub-on numbers were used.  I did get to spend many hours of fun time building the car. IMG_2111

 

For the body of the Mercury Capsule car, the Lionel 6800 flat car was used upside down to make the raised centered car and cut out the middle of the brown flat car leaving the trucks.  IMG_2112

 

The ends of the small Lionel flat car with trucks were band sawed off to add to the cars height.  I patched the broken corner of the 6800 car and added plastic to extend the skirts of the trucks.

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I decked the top ends of the car with decking left over from the short flat car.  Two small lugs were glued on to the edge to act as hooks for the elastic cord that would hold down the Mercury capsules.  I added in some seams to the side of the raised center car and added skirts to the trucks and extended the raised hump as seen in black plastic in picture below.

I made the rest of the top decking from plastic with holes for the Mercury capsules.  I made the deck a little wider than the car so personal can walk on the deck alongside the capsules.  The Lionel 6413 is wider in the middle than at the ends. 

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The Lionel 6413 holds the capsules via two metal brackets across the near bottom of the car with opening from the top to the tracks, presenting a unfinished look.  The Lionel Mercury capsules have cylinder on the bottom to simulate the mercury capsule retro rockets and the capsule is the same one used on the Lionel Mercury capsule rocket with the Lionel  3413 Mercury Capsule Launch Car and Rocket.  The real Mercury capsules would never be transported with the retro rockets attached.  My capsules set on the bottom of the car and the bottom is enclosed, the kind of job one would expect from NASA and the US Government.  The real Mercury capsules are only 6 ft in diameter and 6 ft tall and would easily fit in a gondola or box car with wide doors so the Lionel Mercury Capsule cars is a fun item and allowed the use of existing molds to make and sell another interesting car.

My Mercury capsules are made from two toy optical viewers that lets the the grand kids see diamonds moving around when viewed and rotated.  I took out the clear plastic end to make the cones lighter.

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I added some heavy paper strips to make the cones look more like they had heat shields on the sides and show the door and window.  The astronaut sits with his back to the bottom heat shield and views through the window.

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 I painted the car with Model Masters 35183 F  S Bright Blue paint which I had and is fairly close to the Lionel 6413 color.  I then added “NASA” decals as I did not have room or letters for “Mercury Project Cape Canaveral” that Lionel used.  I also added press on numbers of 6413, not as neat as I wanted and all I had room for.  Clear glossy spray was used to seal on the lettering.   

I added a metal washer to the top of each Mercury Capsule with clear caulking to allow the Lionel Gantry Magnetic Crane to lift them up and give another load for crane operation.

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I think the Mercury Capsule car came out very well and it can serve as another car and load to use my Gantry Crane for, sort of an action car after all.

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Let’s hear from a few of you car and engine builders about your cars and engines.  I find fixing up a common car into something more special or useful a satisfying part of the model train hobby.  I have several more to share as the topic moves on but do not have the pictures of the building process like the 6413.  Most of them are painting and lettering projects.

Charlie

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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. 

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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. 

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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 the Lionel giraffe cars, one of my kids and then grand kids favorites.

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.

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Detail of homemade Pickup is below.  A piece of tin can was added to improve durability of shim stock.

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Come on you closet Homemade car fans, lets see them.

Charlie

HEre are some Custom Jobs done:

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K-line MP15 Switcher

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Complete with Full cab interior

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Custom N.T.T.X. 5 unit Container Spine car. 

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The White Spine unit is what this car was originally developed from. 

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Custom Built [and not by me] PRR NA cabin car with complete interior

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PRR Custom built XM Boxcar - All wood Construction

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PRR NDa made from a Gloorcraft 4 wheeled ND kit.

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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 like cleaning O gauge track.  I like the cars design as it has no pads to glue on to replace and no pad motor like the Lionel model. 

I worked from a picture of the Centerline track cleaning car and made a body out of wood.  The heavy weight of the brass for Centerline is not needed to clean the track as the roller brush rolls freely in the center of the car.  The center pit of my wooden version was lined with aluminum flashing and glued it in with epoxy.  This area gets wet from the cleaning solution and that would attack the paint and wood of the body.

I used 1 inch diameter mini paint rollers for the cleaning brushes and cut them 1/8 inch of less than the width of the pit (the rollers were the only out of pocket money spent).  Pit is 2 7/16 in wide, 2 7/16 in long and 1 5/8 in deep using a part of 1 in diameter paint roller 2 5/16 in long.   I used a short piece of ½ inch pipe coupling as weight inside the cleaning brush.

Rubbing alcohol is normally used the cleaning solution.  Two or three extra dry cleaning brushes are used after the alcohol saturated cleaning brush and run until the all the wet solution is removed from the track and the dry cleaning brushes show little of the dirty picked up cleaning solution.

The dirty cut off mini paint rollers can be washed in the home washing machine by placing them in a small nylon net bag used for washing small items.

 

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Below is Track Cleaning Car, cleaning roller brush and 1/2 in dia pipe coupling used as weight inside roller when cleaning

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Choo Choo Charlie posted:

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 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. It is made from brass.  The brass Centerline car is a work of art and not required to do a mundane job like cleaning O gauge track.  I like the cars design as it has no pads to glue on to replace and no pad motor like the Lionel model. 

I worked from a picture of the Centerline track cleaning car and made a body out of wood.  The center pit was lined with aluminum flashing and glued it in with epoxy.  This area gets wet from the cleaning solution and that would attack the paint and wood of the body.

I used 1 inch diameter mini paint rollers for the cleaning brushes and cut them 1/8 inch of less than the width of the pit (the rollers were the only out of pocket money spent).  Pit is 2 7/16 in wide, 2 7/16 in long and 1 5/8 in deep using a part of 1 in diameter paint roller 2 5/16 in long.   I used a short piece of ½ inch pipe coupling as weight inside the cleaning brush.

Rubbing alcohol is normally used the cleaning solution.  Two or three extra dry cleaning brushes are used after the alcohol saturated cleaning brush and run until the all the wet solution is removed from the track and the dry cleaning brushes show little of the dirty picked up cleaning solution.

 

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Below is Track Cleaning Car, cleaning roller brush and 1/2 in dia pipe coupling used as

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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 

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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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 them for $7.50 each now.

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The first. I make due mostly with things "on hand".

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There's more, but I've gotta wait till later.

Remind me with another post eh?

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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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

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Lego caboose from plans found online.  Mpc era plastic trucks slightly modified to accept Lego pins.

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Tinplate to lobster claw transition car.

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A quick Lego car for my son.

May God Bless us all.

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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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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 from the roof with 4 lb fish reel clear leader line and glued to the fish and roof with glass clear cement.  This allows the fish to wiggle and move with the train motion.  Lights were added to the roof and a pickup made.

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 This is my favorite home made car I have built.  The action of the swinging fish is great when the car is moving and it has a smallish 027 size.

I have since purchased a Lionel Aquarium car but run this homemade one more often.

Charlie

Choo Choo Charlie posted:

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 like cleaning O gauge track.  I like the cars design as it has no pads to glue on to replace and no pad motor like the Lionel model. 

I worked from a picture of the Centerline track cleaning car and made a body out of wood.  The heavy weight of the brass for Centerline is not needed to clean the track as the roller brush rolls freely in the center of the car.  The center pit of my wooden version was lined with aluminum flashing and glued it in with epoxy.  This area gets wet from the cleaning solution and that would attack the paint and wood of the body.

I used 1 inch diameter mini paint rollers for the cleaning brushes and cut them 1/8 inch of less than the width of the pit (the rollers were the only out of pocket money spent).  Pit is 2 7/16 in wide, 2 7/16 in long and 1 5/8 in deep using a part of 1 in diameter paint roller 2 5/16 in long.   I used a short piece of ½ inch pipe coupling as weight inside the cleaning brush.

Rubbing alcohol is normally used the cleaning solution.  Two or three extra dry cleaning brushes are used after the alcohol saturated cleaning brush and run until the all the wet solution is removed from the track and the dry cleaning brushes show little of the dirty picked up cleaning solution.

The dirty cut off mini paint rollers can be washed in the home washing machine by placing them in a small nylon net bag used for washing small items.

 

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Below is Track Cleaning Car, cleaning roller brush and 1/2 in dia pipe coupling used as weight inside roller when cleaning

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Charlie

 

 

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.

Keith Johnson

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I made these 3 excursion cars from die cast Lionel post war flat cars.

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After reading about Cass then going there just had to have them.

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  Denver, NC

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Not really Charlie. Not at all.   It's a different style of build.  I respect "modelers" and "builders" both for what they do to achieve a goal.(inculde yourself in both catagories please).  A little better supplies is all you lacked imo.  The end result is more than inspiring; it's empowering.

   The knowledge behind an engineering degree, doesn't mean they turn screws the right way without a second thought; that is a gift  

  (I'm not making it up, and the guy designed for Caddy, Ford, and Tesla so far; which is fine by keyboard..... but hide the tools from him eh?  

Choo Choo Charlie posted:

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

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





So true I work with several engineers that couldn’t figure out righty tighty lefty loosey. It’s a piece of paper that anyone can get if they pass a test and pay some money. You want to have some fun, start asking about the differences between MET’s and ME’s.... that can be a fun one....  l’ll stop before I get into trouble. It takes all types and everything in this thread is creative and neat. Grace and detail usually come with experience, so the more you do, the better you get for the most part. 

Dennis Holler If its old and broke, I like it

When my grandnephews were in their "lego phase", I added a lego baseboard to a few flatcars.  They could then customize a train with lego parts to build different types of cars... and whatever!

Open air touring car:

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Not a car,  but a modified set of Lionelville buildings to make an M&Ms factory and adjoined store:

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Minion train:

 

Home of the Union Eastern, Thomaston & Williamstown Railroad

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I bought a Reynolds Metal covered hopper car without the 12 roof hatch covers.  I made a more modern, easy to use center fill cover for the car.  The older 12 hatch covers require a special loading bridge with 12 filling spouts and require the opening, closing and applying a security metal seals on each of the 12 hatch covers.  The center fill uses 3 or so loading spouts into the center of the car and has a four part center car long cover.  The covers overlap each other and require only opening and closing four covers and only one security seal saving time and money.

 

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Charlie

Here are my Great Northern woodchip cars. MTH electric trains makes a smooth side woodchip car. They do not make one in the Great Northern Road name. None of these woodchip cars have ribs steel supports on the sides as the ones do in real life. I had to completely redo the car. It is a custom paint job with the correct big sky blue paint I am a member of the Great Northern Railway historical society and have color chips. The decals were also completely custom made. The only thing that is original about this car or the trucks the couplers and the square box belongs to MTH. Everything else is mine.20180825_174312

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I made a homemade Chicken Dispatch car.  A Lionel small stock car was used to make the Chicken Dispatch car.  Every other slat was cut out of the side boards and parchment paper was used to Sharpie paint the chickens on. Lights were added to the roof and a pickup made.    No chicken poop sweeping man though !

I later bought a Lionel Chicken Dispatch car with the sweeping man but I enjoyed making this car.

 

Homemade power pick ups were made for all homemade lighted cars from brass shim stock and Lionel plastic sided trucks.

Pickup detail.  A piece of tin can was added to improve durability of shim stock.

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Charlie

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Atomic Generator Car

This car started life as a K-Line search light car Number USA 401098 without the search light and operator.  I added a mini Christmas tree flasher light bulb and socket, light for the new operator and control panel and a red plastic "thing a ma jig" red flashing light cover.

The car now enjoys live as an Atomic Generator Car.  Every train layout needs a portable power source for emergencies.

Charlie

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I made a ballast hauling gondola car load and placed a small back hoe machine on top to add to my track maintenance train.  The ballast load was made from a piece of Styrofoam (to keep it light weight) with ballast glued on with Elmer's glue.

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Keep your homemade cars coming in.

Charlie

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"Prewar cast iron" loco made from an old Marx 999 with styrene and copper parts.

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"Prewar" freight cars made from various parts...

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Caboose is a real prewar Flyer item. Gondola and boxcar graphics were drawn on the computer and printed on photo paper. Gondola body is cardstock with the photo paper glued to it.

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Beaver-tail observation made from AF prewar coach.

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Andy

 

When they were passing out brains, I thought they said trains and I asked for a slow one.

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Nothing as awesome as what you guys have done; I  guess I'll need some stock to run on 3 rail track to go behind my new loco.

I've had an old Athearn boxcar sitting around for years, so I slapped on a couple of Atlas/Roco trucks and now at least I have a full-size O scale car with big flanges:

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Still have to add details, but it's a start.

Disclaimer: I am not responsible for the crappy glue job on those grab irons; this car came to me this way, I swear! 

Mark in Oregon

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  Cab-Forward Engine

Years ago I purchased a Lionel 2025 2-6-4 steam locomotive that came with a homemade enclosed cab and white wall painted wheels.  I left both intact.  The Lionel 2025 and 2035 are my favorite engines to run on my layout.

 

My closed cab Lionel 2025 with white walls

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Recently I was reviewing a March 1999 Classic Toy Trains magazine and read a product review of a 3rd Rail Brass O gauge Southern Pacific Cab-forward 4-8-8-2 steam locomotive.  I was not familiar with cab-forward engines.  The article pointed out cab-forward steam locomotives were made to solve a life and death problem Southern Pacific had due to asphyxiation of crew when operating in long tunnels and snows sheds in the Sierra Mountains in the early 1900s.  Baldwin developed the cab-forward style locomotive and over 195 engines were made from 1920 and used into the 1950s.

 

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Since I already, more or less, had a enclosed cabin steam locomotive, the Lionel 2025 mentioned above, all I would have to do to make a cab forward locomotive is find oil tender (an oil tender must be used as there is no way to get coal from a coal tender to the fire box with the cab in the front of the train).  Next was to make a hookup connector from the front of my 2025 steamer to the front of the oil tender at the tender slot coupling.  I know a Lionel 2025 2-6-4 is not a 4-8-8-2 which would have no chance of running on my O27 track !

I found a metal case from a junk DVD player as a source of sheet metal for the connector.  This metal sheet is thicker than tin can, strong enough for the connector and can be cut easily with a pair of tin snips.

Sketch of connector

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Bottom view

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Top view with tabs going on top of front wheel axle

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View of connector in action, it turns well and navigates my Marx 1590 switches

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Lionel 2025 as Cap-Forward engine pulling oil tender

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Close up of an oil tender I found I already had

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Connector is strong enough to pull other cars after the oil tender

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The connector was quick and easy to make and works well.  It is a little weird to see a steam locomotive tooling around the layout backwards !  Someday I may add a headlight and markers lights to the front of cab-foward  loco.  (see headlight on first picture of real cab-farward Loco)

Charlie

I attached a coupler to the front of a General's pilot truck after figuring out with a body mount, the front overhang pulled cars right off the rails in curves, or if heavier, the cars dragged the drivers off. I imagine fast angle wheels wouldn't do as well; the flat tread and deep flanges of early and loco wheels do a great job keeping the pilot truck on the rails, though you'd likely think "not". I think it's that the center of gravity and attachment point is so low; nearly at pilot truck axle height.

  I expect making a "home-bilt" Vanderbilt tender would be pretty easy for you too Charlie.. hint, hint,



 

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





Here is a project I just completed. I took an inexpensive Lionel woodsided reefer and transformed it into a representation of a Mathers outside braced boxcar...

The donor car...BAR Reefer 2

and the prototype I am attempting to relatively mimic...

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Mark

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Great job on making the Lionel woodsided reefer into an outside braced boxcar.  I was unaware of that class of car and its rarity in being modeled. 

Not having or not finding or not being made one are some of the best motivations for homemaking a car allowing one to have the fun and experience at doing for yourself.

Charlie

  IMO building things by hand was what made trains a "real" hobby vs another eccentric's collectable "toy" or model.  I don't feel I do enough really.

"Still trying to not shoot my eye out"

 

"Nursing insomnia one railcar at a time"

My aroma therapy? Smoke Pellets.

 





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First off happy orctober to you. Nice to see anothe 40k player on here. Love the way you orcifid it, really had that look to it. Sadly I play black Templar’s so....... but great work I’ll be showing this to the orc players at the club this.

Semper Fi

I didn't make these.  I don't have that much imagination. 

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I don't think this was part of a circus train but looks like it could quality.

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I have no idea on the next car.  But I am pretty sure that is a man in a bath tub.

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I once did a series of articles for the TTOS publication, in the theme, "Getting what YOU want", and l have done and continue to do dozens of Lionel and Marx based  bashes, three railed kits,  and scratchbuilds. Many have been posted on here.  I am glad many others do the same.  Most of mine are intended to be prototypical, but l have a whimsical pickle shaped tank car and pepper shaped water tower to support my Menards, now pickle, plant, and kitbashed packing plant . Keep posting...

??Another one of THOSE!!??  What you want to sell is not what I want to buy!

I did not make this modification to a Lionel General 4-4-0 but thought this is a good post to share it.

This past weekend (11-3-2018 in Ponchatoula, LA at the TCA meet) I purchased  a Lionel 1862 General 4-4-0 w/tender that has a home made wooden cab and cow catcher.  I think the prior owner did a very good job in this improvement.  I do not know if any real 4-4-0 locomotives had wooden cow catchers but this fellow went to a lot effort to build it and the cab.  I wonder what happened to the original cab and cow catcher?  Maybe the best part is this Lionel 1862 is a great runner, better than my other one and only cost $15 (probably low priced due to wooden cab and cow catcher) !  I will have to be extra careful not to crash that wooden cow catcher into another car or loco.

Charlie

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Since Mountain Dew, or Pepsi for that matter, saw fit to Pepsi or Dr. Pepper everything they could get their logo onto, and Mountain Dew got shafted, the only things I could find were a tanker from a set that was sold on Ebay as a separate item, jumped at that one.  A K-Line box car with some a surfer wearing sunglasses, and the most ridiculous Lionel fat car with a box truck on it that had Mountain Dew on the side of it.  Looked liked something an 8 year old would design.

So I found a Tractor/Trailer that was 1/64 scale, had the modern Mountain Dew logo on the truck and trailer, bought an intermodal flat car with the proper accessories needed to mount the trailer, and managed with some crazy glue to fit the trailer to the flat.  Not exactly the right scale trailer but it looks cool.  Sorry, no picture, but let me get my trains set up and I'll fire one off to you.

 

Hi Folks,

I wanted to add a roller coaster to my amusement park section of my layout (2 Lemax items so far, still trying to figure how I will fit this in), so I decided to do a Disney-like coaster based on the new Slinky Dog Dash coaster in Disney World.  So this is the first part, and I intend to have a car with seated "guests" pulled by the Slinky locomotive.

I will paint the non-running surfaces of the rails (and the ties) bright red, and perhaps cheat the minimum radius of the O27 down to O24. Hard to see, but I have LEDs in the track for the 'proof of concept' demo above.

Take care, Joe.

Choo Choo Charlie posted:

Joe

I really like your Slinky Dog Dasher coaster. 

I encourage others to watch you super video on your post as it not only shows it running but shows you building it like one of those U tube videos on repairing a carburetors!

Great job on building it and making the video.

Charlie

Thanks, I hope to have a follow-up at some point.

As part of a year 'round informal train gang that met Wednesday evenings at Richard Sherry's home in Chicago in the late '80s, I'd seen a photo of the "Silver Sky" dome-obs car on the California Zephyr and thought a PW 2531 could make a reasonable facsimile.

Fortunately, one of the guys worked in a machine shop and told me all I needed was to give him the shell and a dome which I did.  A week later I had this.   It languished in a box through a couple of moves until a few years ago when it made its maiden voyage pictured below.

I didn't physically make it, of course, but it turned out pretty nice.  And I have more plans for this resurrected 2531 in 2019.

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Carl

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Adriatic posted:

  IMO building things by hand was what made trains a "real" hobby vs another eccentric's collectable "toy" or model.  I don't feel I do enough really.

I really admire you folks who, after spending good money for a model, have the guts and skill to modify it to make it unique or otherwise more interesting. My fear is that if I tried to do that, I would just turn it into a piece of junk.

In my little world, I leave this troubled world behind.

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. DonDSC_0746

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Here is a standard gauge MU that I made from some 300 series cars.  And yes it does work off the homemade live catenary system.  The power is provided by a MTH trolley truck.  I need to figure out how to make my own power trucks  because I have two other standard gauge projects waiting to be worked on. 

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I had a Marx 1998 switcher missing the Marx shell.  I found a Lionel SW2 shell and cut out about 1 inch of the Lionel shell to shorten to fit the 1998.  I painted it black, white and red in the colors of ALCOAs Bauxite and Northern short line railroad from the Bauxite, ARK alumina and chemical plant in Bauxite, ARK to the a major railroads main lines.  The Marx1998 is a great running engine and I love to run it. She always beats other engines in racing through the oval and figure 8 on my layout.

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Charlie

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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For the past few years I've been purchasing the rubber tube style diaphragms from Atlas-O and retrofitting them onto other cars to give them a more modern appearance. Here's one end of an Atlas-O California Zephyr car with the rubber tube diaphragm installed.. 

 

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Thanks,

 

Mat

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joe krasko posted:

Got the idea from another forum member...

Yesssss...Yesssss...Come to the Dark Side of the Force,  my son...  

For the benefit of those not following "What did you do on your layout today,"  I just rolled my own signs for my Plasticville garage...

GEDC1267

Mitch 

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

 

Remember, SCROUNGE!

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Pingman posted:

As part of a year 'round informal train gang that met Wednesday evenings at Richard Sherry's home in Chicago in the late '80s, I'd seen a photo of the "Silver Sky" dome-obs car on the California Zephyr and thought a PW 2531 could make a reasonable facsimile.

Fortunately, one of the guys worked in a machine shop and told me all I needed was to give him the shell and a dome which I did.  A week later I had this.   It languished in a box through a couple of moves until a few years ago when it made its maiden voyage pictured below.

I didn't physically make it, of course, but it turned out pretty nice.  And I have more plans for this resurrected 2531 in 2019.

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my late father made one also years ago, however the one he did had a damaged roof, I don't know if its packed away in on of the boxes, or if he sold it off.......

 

Model Railroading is Fun
Mike Slater

This is a quicky to build special interest car.  I made it this week.

I have had a couple of HO toy 0-4-4 General locomotives for several years probably from a garage sale (where else?).  A plus was they had different style smoke stacks.  Picked up a few Lionel flat car bodies at a recent train show and have lots of trucks in a shoe box.

Found a section of HO track and the locos fit perfectly.  I glued the track to top of one flat car with Aleene's Tacky glue and strung some fine black elastic cord to hold down the locos.

Now I have a neat looking flat car load of half size 0-4-4 General locomotives that could be used for pulling small real trains at for fairs, large city parks, train museums or used to provide paid rides at other sites.

The car looks good in my giraffe car train and in a 0-4-4 General civil war period train for a change of pace.

Charlie

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Currently making with my brother an "inspection" locomotive using a redwood valley MPC general, the body will be made using a lionel passenger car body. Body will need to be cut and shortened to fit on The loco.20181130_074356cat4080 The loco will need a few changes like the drive rods to be changed out so they work with both wheels, rewiring to run on A.C. track and seperate details fitted. Not sure yet on what color it will be painted or what railroad it will be lettered for 

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None of my creations hold a candle to the imagination I'm seeing here.  All I did was find a way to secure three bulldozers to a three different flats and used store bought jewelry chain on line to fake that they are chained down to the deck.  The most creative part was done by a friend of mine who is good with a drill press and had the right sized tap to tap out the hole for a screw.  The only part of the custom flats that's me is that I dreamed up the idea, bought the cars, bought the dozers, and then farmed out the critical work.  I did however glue the chains to the deck.  I really like this thread.  It's given me ideas for future projects that I will probably farm out.

By 1910, Northern Pacific Railway still had on their roster a handful of flatcars 28-36' long from the 19th century. I worked with a few railroad historians, a historic-railcar wood kit maker, and several historic-railroad brass & plastic parts makers to create models of these cars.

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The consist uses link & pin couplers; trucks with Lionel couplers are used for the loco and caboose.

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I never found just the right custom decals to add roadname & numbering; maybe I'll restart that search soon.

Cheers, Bob  "Hauling Glory to the Dead Beat since 1996"

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Blake posted:

Currently making with my brother an "inspection" locomotive using a redwood valley MPC general, the body will be made using a lionel passenger car body. Body will need to be cut and shortened to fit on The loco.20181130_074356cat4080 The loco will need a few changes like the drive rods to be changed out so they work with both wheels, rewiring to run on A.C. track and seperate details fitted. Not sure yet on what color it will be painted or what railroad it will be lettered for

I can't wait till we get started.