I don't know if I actually had a thread going for my 1/6th scale car projects, so I started this one.
I have a couple of mine car projects that I've been working on, as the inspiration strikes. The biggest problem that I run into is having to make everything that is used to build the cars, except for the wheels which are 1/13 scale wheels of the largest diameter that I can get. Figuring out how to build the parts takes a lot longer than the actual process of building them.
I would imagine that you've seen this flat car that I built a while back. The flatcar is for hauling mine timbers, railroad ties, and other things for the mine tram.
This is a car that I've been working on and trying to figure out the construction of for a while. This is supposed to be a drop bottom ore car, if I ever get it figured out. The bearing journals are made from brass fittings epoxied into pieces of square tubing. The axles are 5/16ths diameter rod. I was having a hard time figuring out how to attach them to the wood frame, I finally decided to bend up some steel flat stock to make the bracing for the journal boxes. Now I need to figure out what size screws to use to fasten them together with, and then drill the holes for the fasteners.
Hopefully more progress will be made soon on these cars.
I still need to find a way to couple the cars together so that they can be pulled by whatever I come up with for that, probably a battery powered mine tram engine of some design. I have lots of pictures of the electric engines used in the copper mines of the Keweenaw mining district to use for inspiration.
I would like to use some kind of link and pin system, but I haven't figured out how to make them yet, and I don't think that the 1/13 scale castings are big enough, but I could be wrong about that. I should probably buy 1 set of 1/13 scale link and pin couplers to see if they're big enough to get away with using.