I enjoyed reading how Hemi uses spare parts to make good things. His post about making the log cars really hit home.
As you may remember I am an O Gauge Hirailer. When MTH came out with the first O Gauge Shay; two of my train buddies collaborated to produce custom log cars.
Johnnie funded the project and Barry being the mechanic designed and constructed the cars.
Johnnie acquired 13 pairs of Lionel Standard O sprung trucks. These trucks are equipped with a screw mounting point.
Barry used tubing to construct the frame and welded cross members at each end. He flatted each end of the tubing and drilled a hole to take the mounting screw. He fashioned a chain and spring assembly to hold the logs on the cars. Johnnie, Barry and the rest of the Tuesday night train crew were pleased with the finished project.
They looked great running on Johnnie’s layout. Johnnie passed away several years later and Barry asked his family if he could take the log cars. When Barry passed a few years later, I asked his widow if the Tuesday Night Train Crew could keep the cars; and she agreed. I have attached a few pictures showing the car’s construction and a video of the cars moving logs on my layout.
A wonderful post – really enjoyed reading and looking at the pics and vid.
That’s all for today folks.
Please do keep ’em coming.
And don’t forget, if you want to make your start, the Beginner’s Guide is here.