PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby TiTan downunder » Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:18 am

So far as I know these trucks were used with 33" (7mm) wheels

Modmueller 7mm wheels are available to the NMRA profile.

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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby milwrd1 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:09 pm

Rob M wrote:
milwrd1 wrote:...I find the sprung trucks especially interesting...

To be clear the trucks are not sprung. I am using copper coils for the springs because I can not machine them. They are just for looks.


Thanks for the clarification.
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby ctxmf74 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 2:25 am

"To be clear the trucks are not sprung. I am using copper coils for the springs because I can not machine them. They are just for looks."

Sound fine to me, that way if I screw up the springs the trucks should still roll? .....DaveB
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby scaro » Thu Mar 13, 2014 5:05 am

very nice. the decal issue arises ... hope it isn't discouraging. so far as i can see, no one's found an answer.

i wonder whether one of the microscale sets will be suitable. maybe 87-14. the southern ordered 5000 of these cars. they wore a lot of schemes. check on southern.railfan.net


SCL under the 'Family Lines' banner ordered many in the 1970s too. theirs had an extra 'waffle', down near the doors at the bottom. think that's about the only difference. what would be suitable for an SCL decal , i just don't know.

although owned by only a few RRs, they were two of the biggest and richest, so they had lots of them. they were iconic cars of the 70s and ran everywhere. modellers were over the moon when HO and N versions were released.

the Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern picked up some, i assume secondhand, in a later period.

i do not think these cars had roofwalks, i've seen many images of them now, and none had one. they were ordered in the 1970s and by that time roofwalks were being phased out.

i have not heard of 8.5mm wheels being available, but in any event i think they'd be too big. 8.5mm in TT is 40" and i do not know whether any cars have that size, though most US locos do. the 3mm society do 8mm wheels which may be handy for the more modern freight cars with 38" wheels.
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby Zs12 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 6:34 am

Modmueller has also 8,3 mm RP25 wheels, those would measure 39.2" in actual size, that's just an error of 10 mm to a new steel tyre.
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby j p » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:29 am

This car is "too new" for me.
But I can get the decals printed if someone makes the artwork (vector based).
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby scaro » Thu Mar 13, 2014 7:37 am

does vector require much IT skill? i am lacking in that department but have an architect friend who may be able to lend a hand.
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby Zs12 » Thu Mar 13, 2014 8:00 am

No, it's not complicated, just download and install inkscape (free and open source) for the OS you're using and try it.
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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby j p » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:38 pm

Hello Rob
One (almost) fresh picture. Is it this type of car? It looks similar to me.

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Re: PS 50' Waffle Sided Boxcar

Postby Rob M » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:58 pm

That looks like the same one. I based it mostly off the ones made by Exactrail, https://www.exactrail.com/ps-50-waffle-box-car-sou-brown-w-door-opener. Toward the bottom of the page it mentions that a correct roof is available separately as theirs were made with the wrong one :doh: . Mine has the correct one though :thumbup:
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