Latest TrinkleTrains moves in making the 5 Bay Ortner Coal Cars:
Decals for CSDU Rio Grande, SP, UP customer, Colorado Springs Department of Utilities.. SDEX Rio Grande, BN, BNSF customer, Swindell-Dressler and ATSF Santa Fe NEXT!
Detail parts builds and downselects.
Evolution of an end cage sill. 3D print prototype (green), coarse dimensional build scratched, better scaled and realistic shape, and final.
Evolution of the Ortner signature Dump Tank: Lead casting with clear tubing...getting feel/scale, 3D Print from Ortner plans, some unravel, heavy brass bash/scratch tubed from same plans...happiness!
Slope sheets, vaiants in works per plans/proto photos. Some cars had guide fluting, some did not, others had different panels counts/ configurations. Test metal slope sheet in black.
WABCO brake resevoir, early study piece, 3D printed proto, brass final with Ortner mounting bracket.
Tanks for the memories...early study pieces, build attempts.
Eatly brake actuator...Actual actuator in white...combo 3D print/scratch.
Final test fits with actual end cage assemblies!
Masters take time to make but kits build themselves! (They're Fun!)