A nice late 1960s – 1970s flat car

By B. Smith

Since completing my Wheels of Time lumber load I decided I needed another 50’ flatcar. Exactrail has a nice car except that the deck doesn’t come up flush with the steel casting and that flaw is very noticeable. I discovered that American Model Builders makes a laser cut wood deck for the Exactrail cars with 42’ truck centers and hoped it would correct the flaw. And it did!


The small squares on the ends didn’t need the Exactrail deck under them but the big center piece needed the very thin Exactrail deck under the American Model Builders deck. The other thing I changed was the placement of the air hoses, which Exactrail had way too far from the coupler housing. I cut them off and moved them closer. The car rode just a bit high on the trucks that came with it so I filed off a bit of the truck centers and it’s good to go.

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