A&D 90 ton depressed center flat.
This little guy started out as an old Lionel “spot light” car! I found a pair of cast metal bodies minus everything on the “Bay” for less than $10. A few minutes in a bead blaster removed what little paint remained, followed by a trip across my mill. Using the mill, I removed any casting marks or mounting pins from the underside as well as the spot light base from the top deck. I selected a pair of Weaver cast metal rolling bearing trucks (they are equalizing, heavy, and I had them on hand!) as well as the old reliable Kadee 805s. I scatchbuilt a set of bolsters and coupler mounting pads from styrene. Function was the priority as none of this would normally be visible from trackside. The center section of the body forms a hollow box between the side sills and the ends of the deck. I filled this area with lead buck shot encapsulated in Elmers white glue. After the glue dried, I seal off this area with sheet styrene. This car is only 9 inches long, but weights nearly 14 ounces… without a load! The body casting has some decent wood decking cast into it, but removing the spot light base left a giant hole over on truck as well as a hole in the drop deck where the original generator load snapped in place. To fix this, I chose to “plate” the entire deck by super gluing .010 styrene sheet to it. The brake stands are salvaged from old Roco/Atlas caboose platform railings, and enhanced with various styrene shapes. The stirrups/ladders were made from boxcar ladders I found in my scrap box. I bent cut levers from brass wire and mounted them with HO scale eye bolts. I also scratchbuilt the pulling pocket/lifting holes found above each truck sideframe. Next…painted and weathered, and loaded!