The first of
our styrene car kits, this car is intended to be a
proto-typically correct, shortened version of the WSLCo. 38'
“Skeleton” log cars. We’ve shortened these cars from 38' to
26' to enable these cars to better match the smaller
equipment and better fit the tighter curves of the average
home layout. As shown, they will go around a 30" radius
curve, tighter with a few simple modifications (such as the
flange wells carved into the sills of the WSLCo. cars).
While there is
no known prototype for this car, the details are all
proto-typically correct, following standard building
practices as shown in Seattle Car & Foundry Co.’s
catalogues. Additional parts not on WSLCo.’s cars, such as
the large, outside, truck side bearings were taken out of a
Lovsted parts catalogue. Remaining details were created
through the study of the remaining WSLCo. cars. Since this
car is meant to represent a possible Seattle Car & Foundry
Co. car, we should also note that these cars are not
technically “skeleton” cars, as the sills do not carry any
of the weight of the load; which is carried entirely by the
bunks and bolsters. According to SC&FCo. patents, these
kinds of cars are “connected truck” cars.
This kit was
designed using San Juan Car Co.’s WSLCo. bunks and brake
hardware; MacLeod Westerns trucks and NBW castings; and
features all new die work by FMW for the sills, draft gear,
and some detail parts. FMW’s styrene castings for this kit
are made from a high-quality styrene and have been produced
without the draft angle on their outside edges that make so
many model railroad kits difficult to assemble and finish.
The two-piece centre section of the sills is hollow to allow
for a ½oz. weight (about 1½oz. total with NWSL wheels),
“pre-drilled” for the side NBW castings, and has most of the
scale NBW castings cast in place for quick and easy
assembly. The draft timbers (also with the NBW cast in
place) have an integrated, screw mounted Kadee® coupler box
that allows coupler changing and maintenance after assembly
and painting. Important mounting and locating points are
cast into the parts and the joint between the draft timbers
and the main centre section is completely hidden by the
bunks. In short, we think this kit will make an excellent
addition to any On3 logging layout.
This high quality, injected moulded,
styrene kit features the following:
FMW Injected Moulded Styrene Parts:
- Two piece, hollow,
weighted centre section.
- Draft Timbers w/NBW
cast in place and integrated, screw mounted Kadee®
- Various Detail Parts:
Brake levers, carrier irons, truck side bearings, pipe
hangers, and cut lever brackets & centre.
- Set of
FMW-4000 Wooden Brake Beams in styrene.
FMW-4001 15" ACME Brake Wheel w/ratchet & pawl.
- Set of
FMW-4004 Truck Brake Levers.
San Juan Car Co. Parts Used:
- Bunks, Cleats, Hoops &
- Draft Gear Cover
- “End Beams.”
- Air Hoses.
- Brake Cylinder,
Reservoir, Plumbing, Retainer, Chain Roller.
- MacLeod Western NBW
castings (black in the photos, all the rest are cast in
- Trucks by MacLeod
Western w/NWSL Wheels (while supplies last).
- Kadee® No. 26 couplers
- Brass Chain and Wire.
- Easy to follow,
illustrated instructions by FMW.
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Note to On30
fans: no, a 30" gauge version of this car is not possible;
at 27", the width of the sills would not allow 30" gauge
wheels to turn (let alone allow the trucks to pivot) without
a radical redesign of the car.