In the planning stages for creating a replica of an MOW wheel car based on a photo of a 1:1prototype.
Since the principal visible load for this sort of car is an assortment of wheel sets, I'd prefer that their stand-alone appearance be more prototypical than simply using wheel/axles from existing truck manufacturers.
I'm thinking probably of Proto 48 variety, but with special attention to axle contours, with special attention to the journal bearing ends of the axles. IOW, not simply using wheel sets with needle-point axle ends.
So, do any of our suppliers offer such wheel sets? At this point I'm not particular about metal or plastic. I'm mostly focused on the faithful replication. 33" and/or 36" wheels, standard gauge axles, would be appropriate for my modeling era.
BTW, I first checked the San Juan/Grandtline listings (no luck) before casting this net for more possibilities.
I'm a bit surprised that this 'detail' may be harder to source than even a a knitting needle in the haystack. Just about a month ago while on an interstate highway we passed a flatbed trailer/semi with a load of 'weathered' railroad car/engine wheel/axle sets destined for ???. I suppose, too, that such details might reside in outdoor storage near some re-builders, car shops, etc.. Leafing through a book I have on ATSF MOW cars...most of them 'home-grown' from other freight/passenger discards...it seems that a car loaded with wheel sets was fairly standard in the make up of a wreck clean-up train....and none seemed to have needle-pointed axle ends!!
What have you done yourselves to reproduce these?....capped short lengths of styrene tubing CA'd to the needle pointed axle ends?
Thanks for any hints, re-directs.