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From the SWLS Board

During this bizarre time as the world wrestles with the spread of the coronavirus, we hope you are well and taking appropriate precautions. As you might expect, the SWLS schedule for this year is going to see some adjustments. The

Why Should I Join SWLS?

SWLS is an organization with few rules -mainly- have fun. The number one reason to get involved with this group is the people that make up the membership. They are fun loving and form long lasting friendships. The individuals have

Transportation of 1.5” Scale Equipment – Even More Options

Continued from More Options Of course as time went on, when I went to a “running” meet, I was envious of those that were able to bring additional cars for a full train. As I looked around, the most common

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Transportation of 1.5” Scale Equipment – More Options

When I was able to lease a box cab from Jack Haskins, I wanted to haul it to meets.  Since I own a minivan, I decided to build a deck that would fit in the rear of the van. I

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Transportation of 1.5” Scale Equipment – Some Options

Upon initiation into 1.5” scale, it did not take long to realize many things changed from experiences in the HO hobby. I learned from others and made some mistakes. Hopefully this review of several items will help others. My first

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Building Pulpwood Cars

In East Texas where I grew up, the harvesting and shipping of pulp wood was a common sight. Trucks delivered the cut logs to shipping yards where the logs were placed on rail cars designed for that purpose. Pulpwood cars were very similar to today’s bulk head flats with the major difference being the floors of the cars were sloped toward the center sill and in many cases the bulkheads were open frames. I recently decided to try and build a 50’s era pulpwood car in 1.5” scale.

A Conductor’s Car

Build this comfortable and functional conductor’s car for your next operations session.

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IBLS Wheel Standards

From the “IBLS Wheel Standards” published in the October 1981 issue of Live Steam magazine.

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