Freight cars come in an endless variety of shapes, sizes and colors. From interesting loads to distinctive weathering effects, a single freight train can contain hundreds of potential modeling projects.
One of the best ways to improve your models is to study the prototype. Find the inspiration for your next freight car project and learn a little freight car history. A new car is added every Friday.
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One of the most common and versitile cars on the rails, boxcars actually come in many specialized varieties.
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Covered hoppers carry grains, sugar, cement, plastics and many other granular and powdered loads which must be kept safe from the elements.
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Flatcars carry all sorts of interesting loads that make fun modeling projects. From steel to vehicles to lumber, many flatcars have special features to help secure a specific load. Check out the open loads gallery for even more flatcar photographs.
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Like Flatcars, gondolas carry many loads and present great opportunities to customize a model. For more ideas, see the open loads gallery.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Coal, coke, stone, and ore are among the most common loads for these open cars. Whether alone or by the train, hoppers are a common site on the rails.
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From containers and trailers loaded on flatcars, spine cars and wellcars to Roadrailers that can go from road to train with no car at all, intermodal equipment is among the most unique on the rails today. Model the hottest market in modern railroading.
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Chemicals to corn syrup - tankcars are customized for the liquids they carry.
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Some of the most interesting freight cars are in a category all their own. Maintenance equipment, circus trains and more all make fun projects.