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Completed car before painting. Note brake linkage from the brake beam through the hoppers, brake rod safety brackets, Enterprise discharge gates, tack board and body-mounted brake detail.

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C ompleted car before painting. Note brake linkage through the hopper bays, brake rod safety brackets and Enterprise discharge gates.

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Note the brake chain running through the coupler platform, Morton roofwalk and crossover platform, and coupler lift bar. bracket and run to the bottom of the control valve. Finally, install the side ladders. The non-brake end is a lot simpler. Install the train air line, ladder braces, end ladder assembly, diagonal braces and side ladders. then re-bend with a smaller protrusion to place in the coupler pocket cover hole and then rebend to create more of an offset. Install each coupler lift bar through the eyebolt and in the end of the coupler pocket cover. Secure the roofwalk in place with Cyanopoxy. I used pieces of .040 styrene strip as a spacer to make sure the roofwalk was evenly spaced from the raised hatch area. After securing the crossover platforms in place, install the roof grabirons to the roofwalk. A tack board is placed at the bottom of the first panel on each side. The tack board can be seen directly below the first two car numbers on each car side. The tack boards are .015 x .080 styrene strip, 9" long (see Photo 11-15).

Final Details before Painting
Install the shaker brackets to each hopper bay. Install an eyebolt in each of the coupler lift bar bracket holes vertically after bending the eyebolt just behind the eye. Form each coupler lift bar by bending the end straight,

Completed brake-end before painting.



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