Log Cars

Log Cars

Postby Bernd » Wed Oct 11, 2017 5:30 pm

I've been working on some log cars that will eventually populate my TT scale modular layout. These pictures were taken on my small TT scale diorama.

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Re: Log Cars

Postby areibel » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:41 am

They look great Bernd! It looks like they were 3D printed, or are they something you made up with your own magic machine?
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Re: Log Cars

Postby Bernd » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:54 am

areibel wrote:They look great Bernd! It looks like they were 3D printed, or are they something you made up with your own magic machine?


Since not much/nothing is available in American TT scale I started looking outside the TT scale box. Though scratch-building is an option it's always nice to have something to start with. These are HOn30 log cars 3D printed by: http://www.marshcreekmini.com/news/free-shipping-little-pine-mill-and-hon30-log-cars .

They 2.9" (73.66mm) long and 1.26" (32.00mm) wide over the bunks. So they are basically 29 feet long and over 12 feet wide at the log bunks. Also these are more typical of western log cars. To make them more eastern type log cars they will need to have vertical members at the ends of the log bunk, such as in this picture.

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This will allow me to modify the log bunks of the car to bring them to a more prototypical width of around 10 feet wide. The trucks are modified HOn3 from Precession Scale Co. I made the bolster from brass for TT scale width and used Fox Valley 33" TT scale wheels.

I'll modify the log bunks once the spirit moves me and I'll post an update.

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Re: Log Cars

Postby tomvanhoy » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:11 pm

very nice! :thumbup:
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Re: Log Cars

Postby AstroGoat760 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:33 pm

Neat idea!
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Re: Log Cars

Postby Sventton » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:04 am

As some will recall, Lester Lindquist used to offer logging cars and a loco in TT back in the 1980-90's, and maybe beyond....he was pretty aged. Anyway, I thought I've seen some of those on the eBay recently, most likely from Larry S's collection or whoever's collection Mr. Big Boy Games has been trying to sell off on there. Maybe you could track down some of those.
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Re: Log Cars

Postby AstroGoat760 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:36 pm

Are those cars going to have Micro-Trains couplers or Kadee couplers?
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Re: Log Cars

Postby Bernd » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:40 pm

I have a couple of the metal ones. Don't know who made them.

I haven't given much thought to which couplers I'm going to use. May use the N scale couplers.

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Re: Log Cars

Postby Rich1853 » Tue Oct 16, 2018 11:35 am

When I was vacationing in Washington state in Montasano last month (Sept. 2018), I was fascinated with the lumber industry and the now defunct Simpson Lumber Railroad that had one of their four SW1200 locomotives was named the City of Montasano, number 1202. I purchased this book Logging to the Salt Chuck, over 100 years of Railroad Logging in Mason County, Washington. A pictorial history of Simpson Timber Company. Associated logging railroad operations including the Arcata & Mad River Railroad. By John T. Labbee and Peter J. Replinger.
Great book full of photos, highly recommended.
https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/ ... 1837853216
and one of the many Simpson Lumber Railroad videos
https://youtu.be/JJR6F-fT-aI
a cab ride in the #1202
https://youtu.be/HHI9J2csCVY
and a video of the empty cars
https://youtu.be/0aSSYBgmNW0
and their vast network in the Olympic National Forest
https://goo.gl/images/9tYwTE
I went camping at the Coho Campgrounds at Wynoochee Lake located in the upper left corner on the map about 35 miles north where I was staying in Montasano.
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