Hemi’s been in touch with his HO scale single hopper coal gondola:
“Loading Coal Cars?
I had mentioned once I’d do this so here I am…
I took a Athearn 55 ton 2 bay hopper car, undecorated, and custom painted it to be a B&O hopper to match those I already have in the number series.
Then I said, I’d do a “loading” post…..
So here goes!
This is what the inside of the hopper looks like:
In order to follow through with what I did, you will need to cut ANY and ALL of the inner bracing thats molded into the cars body, seen here:
This makes it possible to add this section into the car:
The above section MUST BE water proof around the edges of the gray plastic, so that when the “coal” is added not so much but when the “wet water” is added to keep it from going under this plastic as it will take forever and a day to dry, even with the 50% alcohol.
Then you will need to add the coal to the gray plastic, piled as it would look being loaded by a coal tipple. That depends on each persons taste of “looks” of the load going into the car, mine looks like this:
A “profile” view of the load:
Now being “happy” with the profile of the coal load, you need to soak the “coal” load with wet water solution, 50% alcohol, 50% water. NOT to allow it to puddle, but to be seen “wet”.
Once it is wet, add in your “ballast” glue solution, mine is 1/3 glue, to 2/3’s water. I use this also on ballast work on track!
This would look like this:
This is the first “coat” of glue…..
Allow to settle or “evaporate” the alcohol, and water to leave the glue to dry a while, then BEFORE its dry completely, add another “coat” of glue…. As that first application is/has settled in the lowest part of the load. BUT, is not dry completely, thats when the next, (second) application of glue will adhere to the first…..
This second application would look like this:
Then just like the first application of glue, you will need to do this again! I have done 3 applications in the past and it seems to have been all that was needed to not be able to see the glue when dry! You want the coal to look as real as possible!
This project, is not done, I’m waiting for the second application of glue to dry some to add another before I hit the bed for work tomorrow This will be the last application….
Once that application is dry, I’ll get pictures of the final product!
And YES, this is the SAME “coal” that was bought from Jo-Anne Fabric, OR Micheals Craft Store, for 32 ounces, for around $3.00! Decorative Black Sand…..
I have done ALL my HO scale single hopper coal gondola loads like this! (Except of course the empty ones!)
Now on to Art who has a small problem:
“Here are some of the pics of my layout and the one at Hobby town.
I feel the polarity is the problem at the crossing. I feel I need to insulate part of one of the legs on the crossing. Thanks for your advice.
A big thanks to Hemi for sharing his HO scale single hopper coal gondola. And who can help Art?
Or would it be quicker just to take the plunge with the Beginner’s Guide?
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And if today is the day you get started on your layout, the Beginner’s Guide is here.
PPS More HO scale train layouts here if that’s your thing.