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Redux - Great-Grandpa's 10-Ton, 7 Plank Coal Wagon

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Project by KWBaughb posted 12-22-2020 09:51 PM 1190 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first posted this project in May, it didn’t have the artwork completed and I had a couple requests to re-post once done; so here is the finished product… alongside a 1:76 “OO” gauge Dapol UK railway model of the original coal car as well…

In the late 1800’s through early years of the 20th century my great grandfather owned a mattress factory in Nailsworth, England called the Purified Flock & Bedding Company. While searching for family history info I came across a UK model railway group that had a 1912 photo of the actual coal wagon his factory used. I was also able to find some blueprints online for similar vintage coal wagons, along with some of the 1887 specifications to which the car was originally made. I was intrigued with the thought of making a model of the coal wagon, after all, it’s just a box, right? But I was not prepared for the effort required to convert 100+ year old English blueprints for building oak and steel rail cars to a scale model all out of wood, nor the effort required just to get a working brake system, but I think it turned out ok. The original car was known as a 10-ton, 7 plank coal wagon, with a side door, and used a single-side lever brake system.

I rough cut all the oak “planks” on the bandsaw and left them that way to provide the more rugged appearance that I wanted once finished. The “steel” components are mostly maple, with a wee bit of poplar. The “chains” are made of maple. The 200+ “rivets” were drilled and inserted individually. The ebonizing was done using a homemade concoction of steel wool & vinegar, with the wood first being treated to a well-brewed cup of afternoon tea to raise the tannin levels in the wood and help darken the stain. I included a pre-stain photo to better show the rough cut oak, and other details.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."





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#1 posted 12-22-2020 10:11 PM

Wow- incredible details and craftsmanship. Awesome work.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#2 posted 12-22-2020 10:28 PM

What an excellent honouring of your great grandfather to acknowledge him and the business with such a beautifully detailed old railway carriage. Very well done sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 12-23-2020 12:51 AM

Very well detailed, excellent Job!

-- Rich

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#4 posted 12-23-2020 02:51 AM

WOW!!!
Nicely done!!!

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#5 posted 12-23-2020 03:08 AM

WOW!!!!!!

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#6 posted 12-23-2020 01:40 PM



What an excellent honouring of your great grandfather to acknowledge him and the business with such a beautifully detailed old railway carriage. Very well done sir.

- crowie


Thanks Crowie!

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#7 posted 12-23-2020 01:41 PM



Wow- incredible details and craftsmanship. Awesome work.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

- rtbrmb


Thanks Bill!

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#8 posted 12-23-2020 01:42 PM



Very well detailed, excellent Job!

- Rich1955


Thanks!

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#9 posted 12-23-2020 01:42 PM



WOW!!!
Nicely done!!!

- htl


Thanks!

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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KWBaughb

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#10 posted 12-23-2020 01:43 PM



WOW!!!!!!

- woodbutcherbynight


Thanks!!

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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#11 posted 12-23-2020 02:22 PM

Phenomenal Craftsmanship. Absolutely beautiful work

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#12 posted 12-23-2020 04:18 PM

WOW…that is a great reproduction in detail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jim

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#13 posted 12-23-2020 04:33 PM

Very well done!

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#14 posted 12-23-2020 05:49 PM

Beautiful. Well done. Love the detail.

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#15 posted 12-23-2020 10:02 PM

Yes! Very nice work.

-- Petey

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