45' Pickle Vat Car

Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 2:32 am

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Yup, you qualify. Any interest in TT is considered stark raving by most model railroaders!


Even at the large end of the modeling spectrum, I have been considered "mad", the there are two gauges mainly used for ride on trains in the US, 71/4" and 71/2" gauge. 71/4" is used in New England, and 71/2" is everywhere else. As my train is 83/4", and I am refusing to regauge to meet New England standards, none of the "live steam" groups up here want anything to do with me. The Southeastern RR Museum in Duluth, GA was quite welcome to discuss Live Steam with me, and encouraged my desire to remain 83/4", as it is so rare now.

(It was rare when built, only 3 remain in the US, and mine is the only one with an active working engine the others are handcrank run cars on track, one in Strasburg, PA and the other is in Brainerd, MN.)

On to the vat car, the framing has a new layer added to set the coupler height correctly, holes for the PVM trucks and Kadee #713's set.
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby TTSMR » Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:07 pm

I have 2 pickle cars that I need to paint!

They were really fun to build!
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 6:32 pm

Here are some photos of the car as it sits now.

The car frame with a pair of PVM trucks:
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Sasha with a stolen PVM truck:
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The frame with an additional shim added, due to the difference of height between HP wheelsets and PVM wheelsets:
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Sun Jan 03, 2010 9:54 pm

Here is a milestone in the vat car's construction - trucks on and couplers are correctly gauged.

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Now to build the vats....
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:05 pm

I have decided what to make the vats out of: thin sheet brass.
Using thin styrene, balsa wood, or basswood is out of the question due to the brittleness of the material, and the tendency for the wood types to crack apart when curved.

Now the question is how to affix the scribed brass vats to the car.

Any suggestions?
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jan 18, 2010 8:27 pm

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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby BTTB Fan » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:16 pm

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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby ConducTTor » Mon Jan 18, 2010 9:59 pm

BTTB Fan wrote:Epoxy


And how do you propose the 1:120 yard workers to load and unload the pickles? :D
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby AstroGoat760 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:09 pm

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And how do you propose the 1:120 yard workers to load and unload the pickles? :D


There are hatches in the car to load and unload pickles. The vats themselves were affixed to the car frame in the prototype.

Up until this point, I have never worked with brass before, hence why the brass cars I have are un-improved at this point. I know that for brass on brass connections, the metal can be soldered, which is the plan for the slope backed tender that I am working on plans for the HP 0-8-0 and one of my HP 0-6-0s.

I did not think that CA would be good for extended use. I will have to pick some more epoxy up - I used pretty much all I had on the A4 kit, and small parts on things around the house and garage.

Photos of the additional work to follow soon.
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Re: 45' Pickle Vat Car

Postby BTTB Fan » Mon Jan 18, 2010 10:27 pm

ConducTTor wrote:
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And how do you propose the 1:120 yard workers to load and unload the pickles? :D

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