Saturday, January 10, 2015

Another Look at Cheap & Easy Coal Loads

A discussion on a model railroad forum about using real coal for coal loads caught my attention. What, a poster wanted to know, was the best way to make a realistic looking HO scale coal load?

The poster wanted to use real coal. He had tried smashing it with a hammer; but it was too messy and taking too long.

Someone suggested putting the coal in a bag to limit the mess. Another said that he put lumps of coal between two sheets of plywood, then drove over them with his truck. That sped things up.

Hey--do whatever works for you, I say. But for me mattress foam was the answer. Cut it to size, spray paint it black and insert into coal cars.

In 2010, I wrote about this cheap and easy method. With over 3,000 views to date, it's one of the more popular posts on this blog.

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