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The prototype for this truck is unique in that its designed to perform two maintenance functions to be a wheel truck as well as a rolling crane maintenance shop. The BN based this hi-rail truck in Alliance, Nebraska, so it could get to the remote areas of mainline track. It is equipped with everything necessary to perform wheel change-outs and major repairs on any MOW crane. Modeled details include: a steel cage containing large wood blocks, re-rail frogs, welding tanks, car jacks made of Plastruct tubing, crane cable, generator, and hose and cable reels from Custom Finishing. The rail wheel is a 36 Athearn wheel, fabricated by removing the bearing cap, adding tube stock for the axle end, and drilling out the end of the tube so the cap can be CAd back on the wheel. There is also a rack to hang various replacement parts for light rail car repair. remained was building the wheel bed. This was accomplished using various sizes of Evergreen styrene strips and sheets. The door latches are a Resin Unlimited part. After several measurements and studying lots of prototype photos I finally built my first MOW truck. Since then I have built an entire fleet of various MOW trucks and support vehicles. Other ideas for MOW trucks could include using Boleys utility truck as a base for a signal maintainers cherry picker. Custom Finishing has really expanded its line of MOW truck kits, which includes a log truck with extendable crane (can be used as a tie truck), three different styles of Kershaw cranes, a wreck truck, track geometry truck, flatbed with National Boom, and tank trucks that can be used as a refueling rigs. Trident makes a really nice variety of light duty Chevy and Ford trucks that can provide a good base for hi-rail support vehicles. Atlas has an excellent Ford F-150 pick-up. This could be an excellent track boss vehicle. There are a variety of other truck tractors that can be used for contemporary MOW trucks: Atlas Ford L9000; Herpa Ford Aeromax; Herpa Mack CH; Herpa International; Athearns R model Mack; Boleys International trucks; and MasterBuilt Models Mack Granite. In the future I look forward to working with Gary and Randy to develop more detailed how-to articles on MOW trucks.

MARCH 2006

MODEL RAILROADING 35

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