Full size printed plan 'O' Gauge Box motor Express car build an all-wood-trolley
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Box motor Express car
Easy techniques used to build an all-wood-trolley box-motor express car
One full size printed plan on a sheet 11" x 17"
Twelve page article with building notes and photos ( not all shown)
Length 15 "
Width 2 1/2"
BY BOB HEGGE
MOST of the communities reached by the Crooked Mountain Lines have had efficient express service for a number of years, and it has developed into a rather lucrative sideline to the passenger service Recently the express and freight business expanded to the point where additional equipment was called for.
In the past the CML acquired box or express motors from other lines whose business had dropped for various reasons. Some motors, however, were built specifically for the popular express service developed by the CM. Present management dropped the operation of interurban-type express trailers to develop a fleet of single-motorized cars which could also handle standard freight Interchange equipment The only problem came about when there was a steel shortage — no metal was available for anything except the trucks, electrical parts. and couplers
Traction can are built up much like a wooden freight car. Construction is generally simple. and only the doors and windows complicate things The accompanying photographs and drawings explain the construction of this box motor. All body side and end stock on my 1/4" scale model is 1/16" Northeastern wood scribed with scale 3" planks You could use 1/32" thick wood. but that thickness needs a second interior wall for added strength.
All measurements on the drawing show prototype sizes so the model can be built in any scale The building of the car is pretty much the same in any scale. In building this car you will have to work out some of the details. such as the curve of the body ends and the radius of the roof ends I eyeballed these items and am pleased with the results.