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Convert Bachmann 0n30 Cars to 55n3

Bachmann 0n30 Freight Cars

The Bachmann On30 cars are close to the Uintah Railway's "modern" era railcars. They just need to be lowered. They are 29 Foot long in 55n3.

The Bachmann On30 gondolas and flats can be narrowed a scale foot to represent an earlier narrow gauge gondola. An hour is all that it takes to narrow a gondola or a flat car.

The Bachmann On30 stock car has no known prototype except Bachmann's large scale rendition using a standard gauge car. It will suffice.

The Passenger cars match later cars and can be lowered for the earlier era.

Click here to convert a Bachmann 0n30 boxcar to 55n3.

Found these "On30" trucks on Shapeways that make lowering the Bachmann On30 cars easier. They come close to the Uintah trucks.

The Bachmann 0n30 flats are about a scale foot too wide for early eras.

Click here to convert a Bachmann 0n30 gondola to 55n3 early era narrow gauge gondola.

The Bachmann 0n30 small caboose is too tall.

Click here to lower the Bachmann 0n30 caboose to 55n3.

Click here for a review of Bachmann's 55n3 side door caboose.

Bachmann 0n30 Passenger Cars

The passenger cars go well with our high drivered 4-4-0.
The windows match this Pacific Coast Railway Coach. The cars become 40-1/2 feet in 55n3, a big improvement, the width is 8-1/2 feet to match the plan.
The Bachmann passenger cars are 10'-3" high in the body, most narrow gauge cars are about 9'-3". Standard gauge cars match the 10'-3" height of the Bachmann cars. That works for me.

Were there 10'-3" high narrow gauge passenger cars? Mexican narrow gauge railroads had them in steel and wood.