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    Default Union Pacific 1996 Olympic Torch Relay train

    Thanks to E-bay and my self inflicked obsessive compulsive disorder i have aquired 2 Kato SD40-2 snoot nose Locos and will atempt to turn then into the 1996 Olympic torch relay train.Microscale has the decals for the locos but the next hurdle will be making the flat rail car that had the torch.
    Other than scratch building the car body from the ground up would anyone have a suggestion on a n scale car that could be bashed into the torch car?
    Here is some photos of what i am atempting to do
    torch car.jpgtorch car1.jpgtorch car2.jpg
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    Just as a heads up, it might be easier to to the 2002 train. There's prints readily available for the torch car
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    Thank you Inter modal man
    In searching for the 2002 torch car I found a 1996 torch car on etsy
    Now to figure out the 5 passenger cars in the consist
    Looks like my spring project is a go ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by spruslayer View Post
    Today we find Hilda serenading the wild life with a soothing melody
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    Shouldn't she be playing a harmonica?

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    I think Hilda is a girl with many talents
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    oh my ...

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    Found something on Etsy. UP MOW cars, at $80 apiece not friendly kitbash fodder. But looking at those cars reveled a possible car base. Depressed well container cars. They have the blocky construction and low trucks plus, with the shipping companies constantly lengthening the containers, the well cars become obsolete fairly quickly. Freeing them for MOW and other duties.
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    I have found a 3D printed 96 Olympics car and decals on Etsy. I ordered it this morning along with the trucks and couplers.
    Its a print to order deal so it will be several weeks before it will ship. The 2 SD40-2 shoots should be here by Saturday so I can work on the painting.
    Now I'm looking for better pics of the 5 passenger cars in the consist. UP has a page on their site with what looks like a computer rendering of the train thats not very good, it shows the locos with 3 axel trucks on the front and 2 Axel trucks in the rear
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    The passenger cars may be part of their executive fleet. Many of the cars are formerly C&NW exec train.
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    I now have the 2 loco victims for my Oylmpic train
    A quick question for the trainiacks
    dose the "ref" sticker on the bottom of the fuel tank indicate a refurbished model?
    The person i bought it from on E-slay advertised it as brand new with no mention of factory refurbish.
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    Dunno...might it be the last owner’s initials so he could keep track of it at a club layout?
    I did not know that Kato sells refurbished locos.
    I’ve never seen refurbs advertised on their site.
    I guess it’s possible someone else refurbished it.

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    To the best of my knowledge, no Kato refurbs. Never seen them, never purchased one, never saw one advertised as such. I know Kato themselves do not sell refurbs.

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    Moving along with the Oylmpic train project,todays progress includes disassembeling and striping the paint.The paint Kato uses is some tough stuff,after soaking overnite in 91% alcohole, it only removed the lettering. So two 30 munuet sessions in the ultrasonic cleaner still left most of the paint on i broke out the Bakin soda blaster to finish the job.
    Tommorow ill try and get the primer on.The grey was not paint but it is molded in the grey color so i may try to leave it as is.
    And in other devolopments,Being a fair day here in the low 60s Hilda thoght it a fine time to do some maintainance on the barn.

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