Munger Mining Tool Car
TCE-11' Tool Car/Caboose #M4
This little tool car is the fourth and final car released in our planned four car maintenance-of-way train in the "Munger Mining Co." series. It is based on an extended FCE-9' flat car frame, and designed to double as a caboose.
"House cars" like this were constructed to protect tools and/or train crews from the effects of harsh weather. They were usually built in the shops of small industrial railroads by simply adding walls and a roof to an existing flat car. This particular tool car has had an extension added to one end of the flat car frame to facilitate a platform on the rear of the car.
This car is typical of the shop built cars used on small industrial railroads from the 1870's well into the twentieth century. Like the other cars in this series, this car follows the general construction and railroad practices of the day, rather than a specific prototype.
1. The car body is assembled from laser cut Basswood and plywood.
2. The side doors are operational, allowing the interior details to be viewed.
3. The exterior wall and ends are stained box car red.
4. The roof is covered with simulated tar paper.
5. All metal parts are rusted and weathered.
6. This car has a complete interior including stud walls, and a bench.
7. Details include an oil can, two hydraulic jacks, a monkey wrench, two shovels, a broom, an ax, a pick, a lantern, a water bag, chains and a rerailing frog.
8. Each car is individually numbered in the order it is produced or to your roster requirements.
9. All cars have Sierra Valley 20" diameter metal wheel sets and Hartford Products sprung pedestals.
10. Outside hung brake beams and brake shoes are included.
11. Standard couplers are Hartford Products end sill mounted link and pins.
12. Modified Kadee knuckle couplers are available for an additional $5.00 per car.
They are modified to mount into the link and pin drawhead.
13. Add $10.00 for shipping. (Covers up to three cars - UPS ground.)
14. California residents add 7.25% state sales tax.
15. This product is 100% designed and manufactured in the U.S.A.
This tool car was reviewed in the following magazines:
"Garden Railways" - November/December, 2002
"Finescale Railroader" - December/January, 2002/2003
"Steam in the Garden" - Issue No. 66