Log car, chains
Our 15' Chunky Little Log Cars includes chains and fittings that may be arranged in a variety of ways. Check out all FOUR of the chain techniques shown and choose your favorite ... or create your own!
Chain Technique #1 -- Easily Removable / Around all of the logs
If you run operating sessions that require easily removable logs to simulate movements of loaded and empty cars, then choose Technique #1 or #2 for easily-removable loads! We've illustrated this technique using the Driftwood Scenery Company logs, but the Rusty Rail resin logs will work just as well for making removable loads with Technique #1.
Step 1 -- Cut a piece of wax paper to fit across the bunks as shown (beneath logs). We'll be gluing these logs together with hot glue. The wax paper will avoid damaging the car's finish or accidentally gluing the load in place! Place bottom logs as shown.
Step 2 -- Add a few small dabs of hot glue where the top log will touch the lower logs. If you don't have hot glue, use a thick, pasty glue that won't run.
IMPORTANT: Step 2a -- We suggest that you pre-weather the chain for this technique! The kit includes "blackened" chain, but this still has a little bit of shine as seen in these photos (compare to the weathered chain on the trucks).
Step 3 -- Remove logs. Place a piece of scrap paper next to the car and make marks as shown. These will provide a guide for making sure the chains that are wrapped around the logs will fit between the bunks ... in order to allow the load to sit flat.
Step 4 -- Add more hot glue between the logs to strengthen. Glue one end of chain in place beneath the logs. Then wrap the cahin around to determine the cut-off point. Traim chain and glue second end beneath logs. Repeat for second chain. (We used a pair of old scissors to clip chain.)
Step 4 / Close-up -- This view shows how the ends of each chain are glued underneath the log pile -- and the big glop of hot glue added in the center to strengthen the load. The prevents the bottom logs from squeezing together and breaking the joint when the logs are removed. Notice that the chains are placed between the marks on scrap paper shown in Step 3.
Step 5 -- Have fun running your new log cars with removable loads! Take "loads" out of the woods and deliver them to your sawmill or interchange. Then, when nobody's looking, you can lift away the load as shown to simulate a car that has been emptied at its destination ... ready for another run into the woods.
Happy Footnote -- The 15' Chunky Little Log Cars include enough chain and fittings to secure loads using any of the four techniques shown, plus the chains used to "hang" the trucks. If you're using larger loads than those shown or wish to experiment with other techniques that require more chain, check out our #417 Chain for additional material. Logs are NOT included in the kits ... see "Log car loads" for suggested resources!
Check out the other chain techniques using these links: