OK, OK, the mooing stock car is over the top, but some “animatronics” can liven up an operating session, especially when you introduce something with no warning.
My bad order cars/shifted loads/etc., used to drive people nuts….
I did a load of hot (burning) coke in a gon, for a guy that worked with me a while ago, that wanted some operational fun.
The load was real coke glued on top of a base with a AAA battery and flickering red light. Removable for turning on and off and replacing battery. It did not show too good in day, but at night, yes.
I have lost track of the photo I had of that car. Too bad.
I also have a model of a PRR GR gon with portions of the flooring missing, that was a hit at some train shows. You can see the trainline through the holes. Modeled after the real thing.
There was a composite gon of unknown origin that roasted on the PRR Mon Line and was shoved into a siding, and sat for years. What were they going to do with it? It eventually had a Sumac tree growing up through it. Finally, one day, it disappeared.
Somehow, this fired the imagination a bit: how would you model a gon rolling along in a train while on fire . . .
(Coming back to reality,) good thoughts! No, I am not doing anything more than showing bad paint and rust, but will need to give that a re-think.
I suspect it is a much more noticeable element in some regions and some portions of some railroads than other places on the same railroad, or other railroads or regions. But that’s just conjecture.
Thought you’d enjoy the attached and see if anyone had the guts to model it.
I talked to a few of my friends, and we think it is a bad repair of a burned-out wooden floor. The MRY is south of the PRR/Mon, which hosted many mills producing hot steel products like ingots and hot coil. Correspondence has many examples of burnt-out cars.
These bad boys look great in a train, and then as a set-out or action (fire-fighting) in an ops session.
I have a number of bed order cars. They usually cause much consternation.
What are your thoughts on this cool car?
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