Have decided to
make a PNR Tank car to go with the caboose, with no plan I had alot of
web surfing to do. With the surfing out of the way I came to the conclusion
the Aristo-craft single dome tanker would be in for the chop!!! So this
should be a quick build.
Left; The single dome tank car made buy Aristo-craft, this is
straight out of the box & has had very little running on the railway
so its fate was sealed!!! First job
was to strip all the pieces that weren't required.
Above Right; The chassis
has been altered to suit the proto-type! Below Left & Right;
This shows the 2 sides finished ready for painting. All the old
hand-rail holes were glued & plugged, excess trimmed then
rails have been added to the tanker, the platform below the dome has
been extended out & new brackets made. The chassis has had new end
supports made to the PNR shape for the tank to rest on, also a middle
support has been added & rivetted into place!
I decided at the
last minute to go with the later colour scheme of silver rather then the
yellow! (mainly because I had a part tin of silver in the shed!!) With a
stroke of luck the silver goes with the Garratt & looks like a
auxiliary tanker made for the job!
Left; The finished tank car on the bridge, extra hand rails have
been added to the tank ends. Above
Left; A close up of the dome details. The ladder is a metal-mesh
filed down to size, the brackets under the foot board are builders
staples bent to shape. Below;
An over all shot of the foot board side, this tanker also has a chopper
coupling at one end with a hook loop at the other.
Aristo-Craft tankers come up at the right price you might see 1 or 2
more of these appear on the railway!!