What's New | Suppliers | Information | Articles & Tips | Photo Gallery | Contact Us

New Articles

Grab Irons Made Simple

Building a Small Turntable

Scratchbuilding Rolling Stock with Styrene

Modifications to a Sunset Western Maryland Decapod

Handaid Track

Past Articles

Converting a Sunset SP P-8 Pacific to Proto48

Gene Deimling Constructing an ATSF Bx-27 boxcar

Tom Mix Another Method to Make Rivets

Tom Mix Scratch Building Some Drivers

Robert Lerners's Tank Car Conversion

Dan Ellis's South West Industrial Railroad

Part 2 of
Tom Mix's Locomotives

Tom Mix's Locomotives



Working Coupler Pocket for the San Juan Type-E Coupler

Improving San Juan Type-E Coupler

Bottom Operating Cut Levers

Peeling Paint

Canvas Roofs

Wire Grabs


Proto48 Article:
Tank Car Conversion

By Robert Lerners

We would like to share with you a model that was derived from a recent Proto48 article in the Railroad Model Craftsman on upgrading the Intermountain tank car. Robert Lerners used the RMC article as a starting point to build unique chemical tank car.

Robert converted the riveted tank car kit into an all-welded tank by sanding off the rivets, removing the dome and filling the resulting hole. He then added new dome made from a 5/8" tube capped with a Precision Scale brass dome hatch. The dome vents are scratch built. Robert used San Juan couplers, AB brake system and trucks with Grabowski Proto48 steel wheels. The car was lettered with Champ decals. The lettering set is for a GATX car so it was modified to reflect the AC&F model.

Intermountain tank car featured in a recent issue of Railroad Model Craftsman [model and article by the editor of P48 Modeler] It is a treat to see Robert's model. He did a beautiful job on it. I intend to do the same conversion someday in the future. Thanks for sharing with us.