The Rolling Ruffed Grouse
By Dave Wingrove
Dave Wingrove, a US On30 modeler, came up with a great idea for a kitbash. The result is an excellent and unique model, the Rolling Ruffed Grouse. Here's how he did it:
Ruffed Grouse - A chickenlike North American game bird, having mottled brownish plumage, as can be found in the Adirondack mountains. (A good name for a backwoods contraption I think.)
The guys on the maintenance crew, being a tad jealous of the bosses Tin Chicken Express, cobbled together a bunch of parts laying around to build their own rail car. While they were at it they built themselves a mobile shop car to go with it.
I think the idea of using a powered box car, or shop car creates many
possibilities. Some time ago Andy Leininger uploaded a creation he called
"The Thundering Turkey". It was a diecast car body that was built onto a
caboose frame and pushed by a powered boxcar behind it. This had me
thinking about this sort of project for a long time. Thanks for the
The whole thing is powered by a Model Power Casey Jones, 4-6-0 powered tender under the mobile shop car. (pictured in foreground). The 4-6-0 loco was cheap but the tender runs good and works well for this application. It creates the possibility of using it to push other insane unpowered monstrosities. :)
PARTS used on the Rolling Ruffed Grouse Rail-Car unit
- #141 C&S CABOOSE PEDESTALS JOURNAL BOXES, SPRINGS
- #53 D&RGW STAKE POCKETS 2 U-BOLTS
- #3017 STANDARD GAUGE COACH SEAT (I had to cut two and glue them together to get the width I needed.)
- #106 REO RADIATOR FOR RAILCARS ETC.
- #3087 CAST METAL FIGURE-PLYMOUTH ENGINEER (had to cut bend and fill on leg a tad to fit)
- #8 1 ¼" NUT, BOLT
Precision Scale Company
- #5329 TROLLEY PILOT (cut down each end for proper width)
- #31290 HEADLIGHT W/ VISOR (HO SCALE)
- ENGINE: Cut down from one of the Life-Like, HO compressor car loads things.
- Step Straps are bent brass stock.
- WHEELS: from a Bachmann James the Red Engine tender. (They were kind enough to sell me just some wheels)
- BELL: simple HO loco bell I had laying around, cored each end to accept .020" wire to make a hanging bell.
- ROOF: thin sheet brass that was formed over Evergreen plastic corrugated metal siding sheet
- The rest from styrene strip and sheet stock.
Mobile Shop Car unit Parts
- Chivers way-car sides (cut to fit)
- One Chivers Way-Car end
Boulder Valley Models
- BVM baggage car sides (cut to fit)
- #43 D&RGW 16" BRAKE WHEEL
- #80 2 ½" SQ. NUT ON 6" SQ. WASHER
- #139 1 ½" NUT W/4" CAST IRON WASHERS-CORED FOR .020" WIRE
- #3820 RPO BAGGAGE CAR STIRRUP STEP
- #83 FREIGHT CAR STIRRUP STEPS- BLACK
The rest from styrene strip and sheet stock.
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This page updated March 21, 2006
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Photographs © David Wingrove