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 that 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 sanded.
Hand 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
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!!