Ever wondered how you should load an open top (think gondolas, flats, pulp wood racks, etc…) car. Well now you can answer that question thanks to Douglas Harding. Read on for more.
You’ve got to be a member
To get Doug’s file you have to be a member of the Ry-ops-industrialSIG at groups.io. This group’s primary mission is to discuss railway operations and industries and how to model them and is the primary discussion list for the Operations SIG of the NMRA and the NMRA’s Industries SIG. So there are some operations heavy hitters here with the answers you won’t find elsewhere. It can get a little esoteric at times, but well worth the time spent here. If you are modelling the North American scene then this group is a worthwhile addition to your modelling resources.
Click this link to head over to the group home page. Complete the sign-up process and once you’re done click the link in the “Get the PDFs section below to download.
Get the PDFs
OK so now you’re a member, it is time to get the 2019 XMAS Goodies. Before you blindly start downloading though here’s what’s covered in the AAR Car Codes Open Top Car Loading Rules as supplied by Doug:
- Section 1 Rules 1988.pdf
- Section 2 Loading pipe part 1 1987.pdf
- Section 2 Loading pipe part 2 1987.pdf
- Section 3 Road Farm Equipment 1987.pdf
- Section 4 Misc Machinery 1987.pdf
- Section 5 Forest Products 1983.pdf
- Section 5 Forest Products 1987.pdf
- Section 6 DOD Military 1984.pdf
- Section 7 TOFC Containers 1987.pdf
If you’ve not fallen asleep yet from too much eggnog, or the technical nature of this post, then Click this link to get to the PDFs. Happy reading and modelling.
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If you have not become a reader and participant with the crew over at Model Railroad Hobbyist, now is certainly the time to do so. IN the current issue (May 2017) of their free online magazine they have great download: a universal modelling sizes chart.
Has all the major gauges in the chart in both PDF and Excel format free for download.
Go here for the download page.
Enjoy and have a great day.
Edward Traxler is someone I’ve read about for a while. Only recently did I visit his website. Where I found today’s interesting set of resources.
It’s just what the name says folks. A few really good clinic presentations and PDF files for building all sorts of interesting things. Plans for loading ramps, piers, and links to other resources for the interested.
Also on Edwards site is a great tutorial on building using cardstock (thicker grades of paper). Both a PDF and PPT file are available for download and there is an overview on the page in the link above also.
The nice folks over at Model Railroad Hobbyist have available for download (to MRH Subscribers only) the Guide to acrylic painting … in a post-Floquil world. Written by Joe Fugate, this 42 page PDF (zipped download) provides a means for railway modellers to work beyond the end of the Floquil model railroad paint era.
Designed to get you where you need to go when repainting Floquil railroad colours using paints from the following manufacturers:
- Vallejo Model Air / Game Air
- Badger MODELflex, and
- Model Master
This guide provides a timely and useful map to help get the right colour for your next model rail painting project. You can find the download location at:
Keep in mind though that you need to be a subscriber. No payment required so if you are not already a subscriber, you really ought to be. Each month the MRH team produce an outstanding free magazine packed with great stories, information, and resources. Plus there are the forums. Yep you guessed it – I’m a fan and have been since day one.