53-foot GSC bulkhead flatcar, Pennsylvania (PRR 469637).
This car is completely scratchbuilt except for the underframe, trucks, couplers and
brakewheel. I built this from plans to an old HO-Scale wood kit from the 1960s.
I used a Model Die Casting 52' gondola cast underframe to achieve the desired weight, and
built the car around it. All the body parts were cut and shaped from Evergreen
styrene sheets and strips. The grab irons and steps were formed from 12-mil brass
wire. The brake rigging on the bulkhead was formed from miniature link chain and
10-mil brass rod. Micro-Trains Bettendorf trucks with low-flange wheels, body-mount
couplers, and an Atlas RS3 lace brakewheel were added. The car was painted with Accu-Paint in
Tuscan Red, and decorated with a combination of decals and dry transfers. The car
was weathered with pastels and fixed with Testors Dullcote.