Wheels of Time Blog

Just for fun!

Making things realistic like the real historic prototype is in our DNA at Wheels of Time. Here was a fun project that kept my creative juices flowing. I modified and repainted an Intermountain N-scale dining car. This car no. 10205 represents S.P. Class 83-D-1 which was originally assigned to the City of San Francisco and S.F. Overland trains. During the early 1960's, this car and sister car no. 10203 substituted for the expensive-to-maintain triple-unit dining car on the S.P. Coast Daylight during off-season. At this point in history S.P. was famously looking for ways to cut cost on their passenger trains - and before the introducing the automat (automatic buffet car).

The model - (click on the photos for larger images)

Some of my modifications to make it more prototypical: center skirts were shorten; added stove top roof vents (originally designed to work with the many tunnels on S.P.); new scale width diaphragms which I fabricated; all new underframe details including new bolster to fit the GSC 41-N-11 trucks (from Rapido). Noticed how the A/C, battery boxes, and propane lockers hung below the underframe. I made a proper width housing for the pressurized water tanks. After stripping the original paint and lettering, I painted the yellow color first before masking and applying the gray. Decaling the red stripes takes much patience! Window shades of varying positions was made from paper to add to realism. In the future, modification of the car interior lighting is in-order -  to receive track power by using wheel wipers for electrical pickup instead of the on-board batteries. Enjoy!



CP Rail Flatcar realism!

Kudos to Bob Fallowfield with his artful weathering job of a Wheels of Time HO scale CP Rail plain deck flatcar. It looks so real looking. A shout out to all - If you have your favorite Wheels of Time rolling stock in either HO or N scales that has been weathered, send it to us in .jpg. Thank you Bob for your handiwork here! Enjoy.


HO-scale 62-ft Gunderson flatcars and look-alike cousins are . . .

Our Wheels of Time HO-scale Gunderson flatcars and look-alike cousins are now in-stock! They feature extra fine details including authentic looking brake hoses, stand-off grab irons and ladders, coupler lift bars, metal wheels, fine printing, smooth rolling, multiple car numbers all for your model railroad lumber and general freight needs.

In addition, be sure to pre-order your HO-scale lumber loads which are perfect for these flatcars! Enjoy!


We are shipping!

We are glad to announce that we are shipping our HO scale flatcars through the next week! Thank you!


The upside down test!

If you are purchasing a Wheels of Time HO flatcar and our lumber load, here is something you can do! Our lumber load has a cavity for an optional installation of a magnet which will hold to a Wheels of Time flatcar in lieu of glue. Our flatcar features a steel subdeck to make this work. We recommend a Neodymium Block Magnet with the following dimensions: 3/16" L x 3/16" W x 1/32" (K & J Magnetics, Item No. B3301). See the following photos. One of the photos shows a string with a clip attached, so you know it's not some photoshop trick.

Update - 1) Wheels of Time HO scale flatcar is currently at the Port of Oakland. Est. release is in March. 2) HO scale Lumber Load is in revised tooling stage. We will have a "wood grain" finish.