Car Projects

Car Carrying Trays

Storing rolling stock and transporting it to and from the railway is a daunting task for even the most enthusiastic garden railroader. Our club has over 100 standard gauge cars and over 100 narrow gauge cars on the roster. During our railways operations, we are required to move over 60 cars to and from the …

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Kadee 906 Couplers on an Aristo-Craft Evans Boxcar

This article details a method of installing Kadee 906 (G Gauge) couplers on an Aristo-Craft Evans boxcar. A minimum of five foot radius curves and switches are recommended for these cars with body mounted Kadee couplers. Place the car upside down on a soft surface such a foam-lined cradle. Remove the screw from the bottom …

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Kadee 908 Couplers on an Aristo-Craft Gondola

This article details a method of installing Kadee 908 (G Scale) couplers on an Aristo-Craft covered gondola. While at the East Coast Large Scale Train Show, Ralph Dipple and I each bought two Nickel Plate Road gondolas. It was our intention to mount Kadee 830 couplers on them, but this would have required cutting a …

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Kadee 1906 Couplers on an Aristo-Craft 40-Foot Boxcar

This article details a method of installing Kadee 1906 couplers on an Aristo-Craft 40-foot boxcar. Although a boxcar was used for this article, the installation procedure will be the same for Aristo-Craft 40-foot stock cars and refrigerator cars. Place the car upside-down on a foam lined work cradle or other soft surface. Remove the screw …

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Kadee 1906 Couplers on an Aristo-Craft Evans Boxcar

This article details a method of installing Kadee 1906 (Gauge 1) couplers on an Aristo-Craft Evans boxcar. A minimum of five foot radius curves and switches are recommended for these cars with body mounted Kadee couplers. Place the car upside down on a soft surface such a foam-lined cradle. Remove the screw from the bottom …

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Kadee 1906 Couplers on an Aristo-Craft Tankcar

This article details a method of installing Kadee 1906 (Gauge 1) couplers on an Aristo-Craft tankcar. Place the car upside down on a soft surface such a foam-lined cradle. Remove the four screws under the frame holding the straps near the ends of the tank. Fasten the screws back in the straps so they do …

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Wobbly Car Fix

Some rolling stock, particularly older freight cars, rock back and forth as if off the track or running on lopsided wheels. If so, the trucks may not be properly bolstered. Here is a simple idea to solve the problem. Mount one truck on the car with its mounting screw only. But build up the other …

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