Because I don't already have enough projects going on, you know...
I started on the tender for the radio control Bachmann 0-4-0 side tank engine, it will be a 15 foot long 2 axle tender. I also started on the Quincy and Torch Lake rock cars that I've been wanting to build for years now. The tender is freelance, but the frame loosely based on the Billmeyer & Small flat car that they built for the D&RG in the 1870s.
The rock car is based partly on the article and plans from the May 1987 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman, and with my own measurements and pictures of the existing cars at the Quincy Mine hoist site, about 150 miles from where I live. There's still several cars there, but they're mostly in very poor condition. I don't think there's been any effort to preserve any of them, it's a shame really.
I haven't glued the 2 frame members into the tender frame yet, the pedestals go on these beams, and their spacing depends on the length of the axles of the wheel sets. I have the parts, I just need to attach the pedestals to the frame pieces so that I can get the spacing correct.
I was going to build 2 of the rock car frames to start with, but I discovered that I didn't have enough wood for the second frame. That will have to wait until the next trip to the hobby shop. I would like to build 5 of these cars, they're actually fairly simple construction, and they're an all wood car except for the hardware. I don't know if I want to tackle the "Z" braced rock cars or not. Hartford Products used to have a kit for those, back in the days before he sold the business.