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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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 sight on the rails.
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Chemicals to corn syrup—tank cars are customized for the liquids they carry.
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