Now with working link and pin drawheads and other coupling options included. (Note the brakewheel rim diameter has been increased .2mm from that shown in photos to conform with print material constraints, so no more occasional rejections.)
Kit to make three N scale four wheel wooden hoppers, commonly called coal jimmies. These cars were ubiquitous in the eastern coal mining regions of North America from the 1840 to 1900 and ran in the early day version of unit trains. This version features cast pedestal mounted journals and was built from about 1855 to 1900. Also available is a version with wood sprung journals, kit R15.
Modeled after drawings and photos of Pennsylvania, Reading, and Central of New Jersey examples ca. 1875.
Includes basic brakes and every detail I could find from the original drawings, except for the vertical rod needed to operate the hopper doors on the prototype (locating holes are provided to insert a length of .010" wire for the rod, too bad I couldn't get the doors to actually operate). Use .010" wire (not included) for the brake staff, for which there are holes in the body bracket, ratchet, and brake wheel. Space and locator holes are provided for mounting Microtrains Z/Nn3 couplers or use the included working link and pin couplers. 3 additional endbeam inserts are also included with link and pin couplers, simple hooks, or a hole for installing hook and link couplers available from the 2mm Society (part 2-345).
Requires 33" low profile wheelsets with .540" (13.7mm) length axles (MT, FVM etc.). Others may also work.
This model has very fine detail so the preferred material is Frosted Ultra Detail.
Clean with alcohol and warm soapy water (or Bestene rubber cement remover if extreme) before painting with acrylics. Some areas may require mild scraping with a toothpick to remove waxy manufacturing residue, especially the interior (an ultrasonic cleaner works great for this).
Part Number R16.