ATSF MoW Wheel Car 198170
This car was inspired by photos of similar cars found on the internet. They are
used by railroads to move wheel sets for repairing damaged or worn freight cars.
Starting from a stock 40' flat car, I replaced the stirrups and
grabs and added the yellow safety grabs. The brake wheel
assembly is scratch-built from bits of styrene. The wheel rack
is also styrene strip. Based on prototype photos, I added
rough chunks of styrene along the car side to simulate the steel
plates left over from whatever previous function the car served.
The freight car wheel sets were quite a lot of work - each one consists
of 5 parts! The nickel-silver wheels/axles are one part, and I glued on
small styrene tubes (painted black) over each axle point. Then I glued
on Details West BC-244 axle bearing caps (painted silver). It's hard
to see in the photos but each cap has a very thin hand-painted orange
band separating the silver and black. Some wheel faces and axles
were brush-painted a grungy black, while others were left shiny. A few
wheel treads were dry-brushed light orange simulating fresh rust, a
common occurance on freight car wheels.