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RE: Making own rollong stock

I would say build it yourself, after watching everyone else and asking people who have done it before for tips, I have built 2 50 ft boxcars, and I am in the process of building 5 container cars with 10 containers for them, I am watching the price of material to what it costs brand new, a rough guess is I will be saving around $300 building them compared to buying them, I am not done yet so this is an estimate. It does take time, and I have kids in basketball and other things, i take a 1/2 an hour here and there and I just have so much fun doing it, and after a while you figure out things you need to do to make it work. Russ Miller from Tap plastics supplies all my styrene stuff and I get some from Plastruct. I have most of the cars done, and about ready for the containers. I did buy a USA train intermodal car for a model so I could take measurements, when I am done, I will have 6 cars, and one of the container cars will be my battery car. You get a lot of help from guys if you have questions, and it builds confidence to do more things.

So build it yourself!!

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