REMOVABLE LOADS

All of my open-topped terminal service trains (coal, ash, sand) feature removable loads.

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In the photo above, the two lower items are loads for hoppers.  They are made with a tray made from .040″ sheet styrene with .125″ x .125″ and .060″ x .125″ strip styrene stiffeners.  The trays are smaller than the opening in the car by about 1/16″ per side.  This does leave a gap when installed in the car, but not too noticeable in my view.  I opted to go for reliable function over scale appearance.  Once built up, I “CA” four 2″ steel nails in the centre of the tray (they are nested side-by-side and flat on the sheet).  Then, I spray the assembly flat black.  The edge of the tray is lined with 6mm Tamiya Tape all around.  The coal is sprinkled inside on top of water-diluted white glue brushed on the tray.  As more coal is added, I then applied Woodland Scenics Scenic Cement liberally with an eyedropper.  The other two loads shown are ash, with one as a partial to add variety to the spotted gondola on the ash track.

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A telescoping magnetic wand is used to remove the loads.  It came with a rubber cap and helps to reduce the attraction; in case this needs to be further reduced, a disc of styrene and be added inside the cap in front of the magnet.

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The wand is simply spotted over the centre of the load and is lifted out and away.

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