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    Default Load for Micro Trains Depressed Center Flatcar.

    I was going to title this "and now for something completely different" but didn't want to violate copyright laws. LOL
    If any of you follow "N Scale Enthusiast" (https://www.nscaleenthusiast.com/), you know they recently released two depressed center flat cars lettered for Conrail. I was extremely envious. Each had a different load. Last I looked, the brown car, which had what I thought was the more interesting load, was sold out. I will say they were a tad bit expensive. I try (really I do try) to limit my purchases to that which would be appropriate for my time period and prototype, but I was sorely tempted. Fortunately, I already had one of these M/T cars lettered for the Delaware and Hudson R.R. packed away. Since the prototype I model had an interchange with the D&H and a shipper that shipped unusual loads, albeit only once or twice a year, I decided this flat car needed to be put to work for a special move. For a load, I modeled what I saw on the assembly floor of the industry on my one visit in the late 80's. I have no idea if this was actually shipped by rail, nor even what it does. We weren't allowed to take photos and were discouraged from asking too many questions. I did a trial run to make sure it would clear everything. It is NOT finished. Besides some tie downs, I plan on replacing the two box cribs as I don't like the way the staining came out. The car has many holes in the floor so I am putting plastic pins in the bottom of the base cribbing to keep the load in position. I plan on gluing the cribbing to the load to make it removable.
    Here we see the cars being picked up by the switcher. I didn't model that industry so I just placed the cars at the end of the line.
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    Next the train is pulled past Vulcan Metal Recyclers into the run-around.
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    A close up.
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    Next the locomotive moves around the train to attach the caboose.
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    Here we see the train negotiating the one tight spot on the home rails.
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    Whew! Made it.
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    Red has come out of his store to see what all the hub-bub is about and the Brakeman gives him a wave. Normally, the crew would stop for a cold soda and a Tastycake for the ride home but not today.
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    Finally made it to the yard, time to turn it over to the D&H.
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    Hope you all enjoyed my little flight of fancy from my quarantined boredom. You know, there really should be a sign on the side of that load to say who made it.
    Cheers all!
    Maurice
    Attempting to apply the K.I.S.S. principle to Model Railroading.

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    That was great. I'm looking forward to seeing it with the tiedowns. Thanks for entertaining my morning
    Thanks, Tom

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