Re: Union Pacific flat cars

Steve and Barb Hile

Al Westerfield has a "new" technology that he is using on some turn of the (20th) century inside stake coal gondolas that uses a lead filled resin casting for an under frame component that will add some weight to what would otherwise be quite an empty car without a load. Perhaps this could be pursued for the basic body casting for a flat. You would think a Harriman "standard" design might fit his line well AND offer some uses into the 50's on UP and SP. Is it total heresy to suggest a laser cut wood deck from someone like Modeler's Choice to complete the package?

What brought this to mind was the CB&Q flatcar that Sunshine did for one of the earlier Naperville meets that was quite light when completed with not much space for weights.

My 2 cents.

Steve Hile

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