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    Hello,

    Could you guys point me to sources of pre-Depression era N scale freight cars? OK, OK, there is no Westerfield or Sunshine Models in N scale...but what is there? I'm interested because I'm mulling collecting equipment to model an interurban/electrified steam shortline somewhere in the Western/NW corner of the USA and going pre-1929 would justify retention of the electric part. However I need to see about freight cars...

    Cheers Nicholas

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    A good place to start would be here - http://www.spookshow.net/freight/freight.html

    Sort it by "Build Date" and Bob's yer uncle

    -Mark

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    @Spookshow 's site is an outstanding resource - while you are there take a look at the locomotive database for Steam/traction reviews

    There is an out-of-print Traction Guidebook Forfor Model Railroaders by Kalmbach you may want to pick up:
    https://www.amazon.com/Traction-Guid.../dp/0890245223
    There are free resources at Archive.org
    1911 - https://archive.org/details/electrictraction00burcrich

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    I model 1920 or just after WW1 so I'm on the lookout for cars of the same era. USRA designed cars fit right in, as do trussrod cars, many still in regular service. A little research can help immensely.
    These cars would work, being cast resin you could do a lot to them. There's a shop in California that deals with them but I can't find the link at the moment....
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/36-TRUSS...2/192661359736
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/38-TRUSS...3/113255879419
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/36-TRUSS...UAAOSwDNdVt6Ov

    EDIT:
    Found the place that sells them,
    http://www.wig-wag-trains.com/
    http://www.wig-wag-trains.com/FineNS...tock_Page.html
    Last edited by mosslake; 4th Jul 2019 at 09:06 AM. Reason: Found new link
    Cheers,

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    One thing you may not be aware of beyond the freight cars is that powered chassis are available by the boatload that will work for N Interurbans now - Tomytec, aka Tomix - all Japanese raw chassis available in a plastic-frame design with different lengths and wheelbases. They are pretty easy to modify to fit specific wheelbases and configurations, and run quite well with one or more flywheels, 8x8 pickup and a traction tire or two. They are NOT typically carried by many US distributors, but overseas distributors such as Plaza Japan do a very nice job of having a usable website with all the dimensional and design information and ship to the US, and are all in the under-$30 range.

    This is vastly changed over 10 years ago when powering something meant adapting a diesel chassis with 9' wheelbase and trucks.

    These are not listed on Mark's site as they are not technically locomotives, but if I were mulling an interurban this is the go-to way to do it. If you go on Ebay you'll still find a lot of the brass-sided wood-roof Western Railcraft trolley and interurban kits from the 70's; the etched brass work is pretty good even if the rest of the kits are marginal and there were few alternatives at that time for powering them reliably with an inexpensive drive. Western Railcraft has been gone for years but a lot of these kits were obviously squirreled away and never assembled and are showing up now in resales. I haven't searched Shapeways for shells, but I imagine they are out there too.
    Randgust N scale kits web page at www.randgust.com

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    I agree with Randy, and I do model interurbans. There is an active traction model group on Facebook, mostly HO, but a few N Scalers in there...

    Athearn and Micro Trains also make cars of this era
    Modeling the Pacific Electric Playa Desnuda Branch in N Scale

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    Further on the USRA boxcar theme, I came across these 2 postings with information on the design. What prompted this was today's arrival of 2 USRA design double sheath boxcars (I know Moose...photos, photos)
    Keep in mind that this is a TT scale forum and mentioned kits don't apply to N scale, I've posted these here for the prototype information only. Atlas, Athearn and MicroTrains all make cars that are either USRA or can pass as clones, refer to Spookshows comprehensive list.
    https://www.ttnut.com/usra-single-sh...nes-t1012.html
    https://www.ttnut.com/usra-double-sh...nes-t1014.html
    Cheers,

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