Modeling a Type FM Heavy Duty 8-axle flatcar in O scale (three rail) with 70 foot deck
This O scale model is a 8-axle flatcar with an extra heavy duty under frame. The platform length on the model is 17-1/2 inches (70 scale feet). Overall length of the model is 21-3/4 inches. The model uses 4 pair of RailKing 2-axle Rollerbearing style sprung trucks.
Note: Brake draft gear has been located to the underside of the model.
A special feature is the use of articulated truck bolsters which allow the car to operate on small radius curves. Because each truck is allowed to shift side to side the car can operate more smoothly through turnouts and yards. The model also features a low center of gravity for additional stability.
Note: This model is very similar to KRL 304 which is a 12-axle flatcar that was originally owned by Westinghouse (road number WECX 304).
A photo of a similar prototype flatcar is also shown.