Remembering the Rutland - Remembering the Milk Trains
Part 1 Inspiration...
I'm building this car out of an MDC express reefer body. The roof is from an MDC passenger car (something out of my scrapbox), it was broken in several places, but gluing it back together was easy. The trucks are Precision Scale plastic kits, they initiated the project. I assembled one of the trucks and put in under one end of a passenger coach that had Central Valley trucks under it. The Precision Scale truck made that end of the car sit about three feet higher. So I started to look around to find something they would look good under, and I found this project. I know it's not quite Rutland enough, but it certainly could pass as a temporary substitute. If I had a better roof, and really wanted to spend the time, I think a reasonable Rutland car could be made from it. What do you think?
Part 3 - Cutting out the door openings...
This time I tried something different. I used an X-Y movable vise on my drill press with a small end mill in the chuck. At a slow speed, it cut the plastic without melting it. I plunged the end mill into the center of the existing door and slowly milled out the old reefer door. The next step was to file the openings square. The milling operation left a straight edge, but with rounded corners. According the the photos I've been studying for this project, at this point this model is becoming Rutland #337. The doorway starts just under the roofline and goes down to what looks to be about 6 inches from the bottom. I'm guessing this because when I scaled out the sides to apply the belt rail, I figured it to be at about two feet from the bottom of the side. Next, I'll make new doors and hardware, add all the handrails, and finish up with paint and decals.
Part 5 - Last stop before the paint shop...
I finished the project by making steps out of flat brass wire stock (Detail Associates). Next up will be paint and decals, I plan to use a green to match my factory painted brass cars.
Part 6 - Done!
I started this project quite some time ago, and now it's done (at least for now). I'm sure that things could have been even more accurate: the ends are a little off and the side sheathing shouldn't have the side sill showing along the bottom. Scratchbuilding would have helped these small discrepencies, but I think that it has the right Rutland flavor, and I'm happy with the end result. I painted it with a mixture of Floquil military and railroad paints. I found a medium green that looked pretty close, so I gave it a coat of that (thinned and gloss and a little flat added). The color was just a hair too light. So I mixed a little Pullman Green into it and gave it a second coat, I liked this color, it seemed a pretty close match to my two Alco Models NYC cars and the Railworks cars that I have. I sprayed the trucks and roof black.
Ray Muntz was kind enough to make excellent decals just for us SRF's (slobbering Rutland freaks). I plan to do the roof with water based black paint and tissue paper to simulate tar paper and better hide the seams. I've done this on several caboose models with excellent results. If I can find some extra cash, I plan to pick up some of the Railworks brass Rutland milk car trucks, I don't really like the Precision Scale ones that I used (either that or I locate "wimpy" springs to solve their problem). I plan to start another "serial" shortly, hopefully somebody else will try one too.
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