58-foot depressed center flatcar, Penn Central (PC 766059).
This car is a major kitbash of the Micro-Trains model, modified to match a New York Central
prototype. All of the circular indentations in the diecast body were drilled through
while the elongated indentations were filled and sanded to match the surface profile.
The bolsters and cast on brakelines were removed. New bolster holes were drilled farther
out from the center for proper truck placement. New ends were fabricated from styrene
and built directly on the diecast body. Freestanding brakelines and grab irons were
added. New top decks were fabricated from wood. The brakestand is taken from
the Micro-Trains caboose railing and sheathed with styrene, with a Miner brakewheel
added. The couplers were removed from the Buckeye trucks, Northwest Short Line 28” wheels
replaced the standard 33” Micro-Trains wheels, and underset couplers were mounted on the
ends. The wood was masked, and the car was airbrushed in Badger Flex deepwater
green. Custom decals were made and applied. The decals were oversprayed with a mixture of
Micro-Scale flat and gloss clearcoat to match the Badger finish. The wood was stained
with a mixture of rubbing alcohol tinted with black and sepia brown calligraphic inks. The
entire car was first airbrushed with a dust wash, and then weathered with chalks. The
car was lightly sprayed with a thin layer of Micro-Scale flat clearcoat to seal the weathering.
The car was featured in the November/December 2004 issue of N Scale Railroading magazine.