HO scale Lumber Loads for 1960s through present day by Wheels of Time
Now you have a fleet of bulkhead flatcars and plain deck flatcars, it's time to load them up. Making realistic lumber loads is difficult. So we thought we take the pain out of making them. We do the hard part. You get to have the fun part. Assemble them in stackable and modular fashion in the manner you like.
• Interlocking pieces to build a lumber stack. Modular to fit a bulkhead or a plain deck flatcar.
• Load lumber stacks in brick-like-fashion on flatcar.
• One Wheels of Time lumber load will work for all makes of HO scale flatcar. It will fill a HO scale 62-ft Wheels of Time bulkhead or plain deck flatcar nicely.
• A two-box of Wheels of Time lumber load will fill two 62-ft flatcar 5-high, or about three 53-ft 6-in flatcars. (see below for loading diagram)
• One lumber load in a box includes: 14 pcs of 8-ft long stacks, 14 pcs of 12-ft long stacks, 12 pcs of 14-ft long stacks, 12 pcs of 16-ft long stacks, 2 pcs of vertical sticker 2 -bar, 3 pcs of vertical sticker 3-bar.
• Requires removing part from sprue, assembly, painting and adding banding. Glue, paint and banding are not included.
Prototype is based on lumber loads from 1960's to today.
Pre-Orders are due! ETA March 2017
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HO scale Lumber Load
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||Lumber Load for one 62-ft flatcar stacked 5-high Plate C
||Lumber Loads for two 62-ft flatcar stacked 5-high Plate C or about three 53-ft 6-in flatcars (see 53-ft 6-in loading diagram below)
A brief background on loading lumber on railroad flatcars - Loading lumber on flatcars and bulkhead flatcars changed in the 1960's from the 1950's. Due to mechanization - forklift trucks - stacks of equal lengths of lumber were piled together, banded and fitted with runners. Each stack or lifts were then loaded on-board the flatcar. Vertical stickers (vertical pieces of wood) were placed at the half-way point on the car to allow the forklift operator to properly load the car. Each lifts were placed in a "brick-like-fashion" and banded together. This allowed more stability during shipment. Interestingly, the loads were not banded or tied to the flatcar itself.
1) What do I need to finish the kit?
Flush cutters or Xacto knife
Black quilting thread (to simulate the metal straps)
Canopy glue for holding the black quilting thread
Hot melt glue (helpful in holding load to deck on non-Wheels of Time flatcars. Wheels of Time flatcars has a steel substructural and therefore you can insert a small magnet on the deck layer of loads to hold.)
2) What is it made out of?
The lumber loads are made of ABS plastic - used in plastic injected molds.
3) Can you show us some photos of flatcars carrying lumber?
Below are a few prototype Links on outside websites of Flatcars and Trains with Lumber