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Welcome to Foothill Model Works’ new home on the net! This set of web pages is designed to provide our customers and friends with an online reference to our company and our products. Always a work in progress, please check back here from time to time. We now have our entire catalog of currently shipping products presented online. Drop me a line and tell me what you think or what other information you would like presented here.

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20′ Outside Framed Box/Fruit Car Kit Progress!



Test shots of side and end frame, and roof framing parts assembled.

We’ve made progress on the 20′ outside framed, box and fruit car kits! Learn more and follow along with new developments on our our 7′ x 20′ Outside Frame Box/Fruit Car Progress Report page.


New Shipping & Handling Policy

Due to circumstances beyond our control, ever increasing shipping cost have forced us to abandon our flat rate, domestic shipping price policy. From now on (7/19/2013), all products shipped to addresses in the US, will be shipped at cost, via USPS Priority Mail. While this will benefit customers with small parts orders (USPS' smallest Priority Mail box typically ships for $5.25), larger kit order customers will see an increase and can go for around $12 to $16. International orders will remain as before, billed at cost. Shipping cost estimates will, of course, be provided for anyone who requests it at the time of their order.

Thank you for your understanding.


Back in Stock!

WSLCo. Etched Brass Short Caboose Steps

FMW-2210a Caboose Steps assembled and installed on completed, Simpson, West Side Lumber, First Caboose 3, as built, c1942 kit.

FMW-2210a Caboose Steps assembled and installed on completed, FMW-2210 WSLCo. Short Caboose #3 kit.

Originally offered as a part of our WSLCo. Short Caboose kit FMW-2210, they are also offered here separately. Whether we’re replacing the “paper cut-out” steps of a previously manufactured kit or just adding them to the vulnerable corners of a new model, the half-hard brass construction adds the necessary strength. And the illustrated instructions and built-in assembly jig make assembly a snap. These beautiful, precise steps make a great addition to any model caboose project.

Now available separately from our high quality, WSLCo. short caboose kit, this set of four, etched brass caboose steps feature the following:

  • Built-in assembly jig.
  • Fold lines etched in for easy assembly.
  • Can be soldered or glued together.
  • Far stronger than paper cutouts!
  • Holes pre-etched in place.
  • Two different sizes of kick plates.
  • NBW castings.
  • Easy to follow, illustrated instructions by FMW.

WSLCo. Etched Brass Short Caboose Steps:

This kit includes all the etchings and castings required to complete four short caboose steps.

Scale
Stock No.
Price
OFMW-2210a$12.00 - Back in Stock! (as of 2/27/2014)




New Products!

NEW!S.P. Standard No. 3, Wooden Turntable DrawingNEW!

This set of drawings is redrawn from a set of faded, Southern Pacific, February 1908 blueprints purchased from the estate of the late Richard C. Datin, Jr. He was a Reno, NV and train historian writer as well as the founding curator of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Notes accompanying the drawings said that they were used to help design the gallows turntable built at that museum. We are making these drawings available here to help keep this important information from fading away and to make it readily available for today’s and future modelers. Only sheets 1 and 2 of the set of three drawings were part of the collection. Any help with the contents of sheet 3 would be greatly appreciated!

A few notes on this set of drawings:

S.P. Standard No. 3, Wooden Turntable Large-Format Drawing:

The set of drawings includes two, 36″ x 24″ sheets printed on plain paper.

Scale
Stock No.
Price
1/2″FMW-5003$15.00




NEW!Sketch of [S.P.] N.G. Tender TruckNEW!

This is a direct copy of sketch of the structure of a narrow gauge tender truck purchased from the estate of the late Richard C. Datin, Jr. He was a Reno, NV and train historian writer as well as the founding curator of the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Date unknown. We are making these drawings available here to help keep this important information from fading away and to make it readily available for today’s and future modelers. While not an exact scale drawing, it does show a great deal of detail as to the structure and layout the tender trucks used on the Southern Pacific narrow gauge and its predecessor lines. Great info for anyone building their own set of trucks, or attempting to “correct” the currently available models!

Large-Format Sketch of [S.P.] N.G. Tender Truck:

This drawing consists of one, 23″ x 17.5″ sheet printed on plain paper.

Scale
Stock No.
Price
Approx. 1 1/2″FMW-5004$5.00




NEW!O/On3/On30/On2 Griffin Wheel Co., 26″ Single Plate, Chilled Iron Wheels (in Celcon®)NEW!

Wheel grinder track at West Side & Cherry Valley (Photo by Jerry Kitts, November 1978 at Tuolumne), filled with trucks using this Griffin 26″ single plate wheel. (No, we have no explanation for why the West Side thought it was OK to grind down the surface of chilled iron wheels.)

Pacific Car & Foundry, connected-truck, log car trucks from an ex-Swayne car. (Photo by Jerry Kitts, May 1978, at Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad.) The first axle has this Griffin single plate wheel. The West Side had a habit of using any available wheel in any truck, as needed, so long as the diameter matched. We’ve even found a truck with four different wheels, including one A. Whitney & Sons wheel from the 19th century!

New, scale, Griffin Wheel Co., 26″ wheels! And we do mean scale (O Scale to be exact, gauge to be determined by axle length, just like the real thing). These are very accurate copies of their 1920’s, 26″ single plate, chilled iron wheels as ordered for and used on the West Side Lumber Co. These wheels are based on exacting measurements of those preserved in the Roaring Camp & Big Trees collection in Felton, California. We even cut the wheel tread to an exact match of period M.C.B./A.A.R. recommended practices (no mangling to match RP25 here). Also note as you look at the photos and read the captions, these wheels are only 0.5417″ in diameter (aka the detail really is that small)! Production has begun and the first batch has already shipped!

Griffin 26″ Wheels Sets (FMW-4011-On3) installed in MacLeod Western T-17-2 Truck w/FMW-4000 Wooden Brake Beams, FMW-4004 Truck Brake Levers, and FMW-4007 Celcon® Bearing Inserts. (Yes, I did replace the cast brake rods with 0.0156″ wire. And, yes, I know the tops of the two levers aren’t suppose to be connected. I do it that way to keep the rods from interfering with the operation of the trucks - it doesn’t show on the finished model.)

Griffin 26″ Wheels Sets (FMW-4011-On3) installed in MacLeod Western T-14 Truck w/FMW-4000 Wooden Brake Beams, FMW-4004 Truck Brake Levers, and FMW-4007 Celcon® Bearing Inserts. (Yes, I did replace the cast brake rods with 0.0156″ wire. And, yes, I know the tops of the two levers aren’t suppose to be connected. I do it that way to keep the rods from interfering with the operation of the trucks - it doesn’t show on the finished model.)

Works in D&RGW trucks too! While the vast majority of the D&RGW’s wheels were Griffin 26″ Washburn pattern wheels, they existed for so long and had so many cars, that you can find examples of just about every kind of wheel. Including paper, single plate, and even turned steel wheels. Though they obviously got their wheels from the Denver plant, not the Tacoma plant.

Griffin 26″ Wheels Sets (FMW-4011-On3) installed in a San Juan Car Co. D&RGW, 3′ 7″ Freight Car truck in brown. (Axle holes in San Juan trucks have to be drilled out as they are designed for a shorter, pointed axle.)

Griffin 26″ Wheels Sets (FMW-4011-On3) installed in a Grandt Line Products 3056 D&RGW Narrow Gauge Passenger Car Truck with Cast Steel Bearing Bolster w/3057 Brake Set. (With brake beams lowered to correct height for 26″ wheels.)

Front and Back of the new wheel. The wheels are shot from the center of the wheel, so there aren’t any nicks in the flange or along the rim. Nor did we use knock out pins. The letters were cut with a 0.003″ diameter end mill for scale 1/8″ thick letters! As the lettering cast into this wheel indicates, Griffin’s foundry in Tacoma, Washington cast this wheel specifically to order for the West Side Lumber Co. (WSL) on February 20, 1922 (the prototype for this specific wheel was serial # T263445). The “T1” refers to the taped measurement of the diameter of the wheel. I have no idea what the “G” and “3G” refer to.

A cross sectional view (cutting Celcon® isn’t easy). This does show off the how closely the model follows the contours of the real wheel, including the filleting of all of the edges.

Assembled Wheel Sets (On3). We follow Cliff Grandt’s axle design for On3 - an exposed axle 1/16″ in diameter with an overall length of 1.165″. We’re using thin-walled, stainless steel, hypodermic tubing to simulate the straight, 5″ diameter axles of the prototype. They are not effected by under-track uncoupling magnets.


Griffin 26″, single plate wheel being measured and photographed at Roaring Camp & Big Trees, Felton, CA, on February 10, 2012 (10 days short of 90 years after the wheel was cast).

Produced in a bright, metal-like color, these wheels are cast in Celcon®; a high strength, wear resistant acetal copolymer similar to Delrin®. Unlike the styrene wheels of old, these wheels don’t pick up any more dirt than metal wheels, roll just as freely as metal wheels, and are much quieter to boot. And because of the way we designed the wheels and axles, it is relatively easy for us to make custom wheel sets to any gauge and axle length. Just keep in mind that we aren’t able to produce pointed axles (so use in San Juan Car Co. trucks are out) and our fine-scale wheels don’t work with the NMRA’s 5 foot gauge “O Standard.” Though they should work well with the NMRA’s Proto-48 standard. While no set-up fees or minimums are required, all custom wheel orders will be final - no returns or refunds - and our regular shipping/sales tax charges apply.

Griffin Wheel Co., 26″ Single Plate, Chilled Iron Wheels (in Celcon®):

These wheel sets include four axle sets in the following gauges. Recommended for use in Grandt Line Products, MacLeod Western, and most brass and white metal trucks. Not recommended for use in San Juan Car Co. trucks or any truck that uses pointed axles. All sales of custom axles are final and are non-returnable/non-refundable.

Gauge
“Back-to-Back”
Wheel Spacing
Axle Length
Description
Stock No.
Price
On2 0.416″ 0.915″ NMRA Standard On2 on NWSL Length Axles FMW-4011-On2 $10.00
On30 0.566″ 1.025″ NMRA Standard On30 on HO Length Axles FMW-4011-On30a $10.00
On30 0.566″ 1.165″ NMRA Standard On30 on On3 Length Axles (for use in On3 trucks) FMW-4011-On30b $10.00
On3 0.666″ 1.165″ NMRA Standard On3 on Cliff Grandt/NWSL Length Axles FMW-4011-On3 $10.00
Custom Specified
by Customer
Specified
by Customer
Wheel sets built to customer’s specifications FMW-4011-Custom $10.00







NEW!Griffin Wheel Co., 26″ Single Plate, Chilled Iron (in Celcon®) Scenery WheelsNEW!

Does your junk or clutter pile need detailed, scale wheels? Does your wheel or car shop need a supply of new or used wheels? Does your snow plow or boom car need counter weights? Well, look no further! As we switch from styrene to Celcon® in our plastic press, the first few castings will get the occasional streak of styrene. And while these wheels can’t be used in our wheel sets (the styrene will separate as the wheels rub against the rails), these beautiful, highly detailed castings can still be used as detail parts! These wheels have gone through our normal clean-up process and then we’ve bored out the wheel centers to the correct, 5″ diameter hole; eliminating the “faux” axle protruding from the wheel front; and leaving the full, correct wheel casting. Ready for your favorite color of rust!

26″ Griffin Scenery Wheels:

Includes 8, Celcon®, 26″ Griffin Wheel Co., single plate wheel castings, suitable for scenery or detailing use only.

Stock No.
Description
Price
FMW-4011-SceneSet of 8, Celcon®, 26″ Griffin single plate wheel castings.$3.00




New Additions!

NEW!Zimo DCC!NEW!

We’re now proud to be Zimo DCC delears! Check out the Zimo DCC Price List link on the sidebar to learn more about this superb line of DCC sound decoders!

NEW!New MacLeod Western Parts!NEW!

MacLeod Western

Doug’s added some new parts to his line of styrene detail parts. Three new tank car tank ends, three new NBW castings, one new queen post, and three new trucks! Head on over to our MacLeod Western Parts List to learn more.

New Pages Added to: Getting it Right - The Bachmann On30 Climax

We’ve added three more pages to our comprehensive, illustrated guide to rebuild a Bachmann On30 Climax into a true, On3 Oil Burner to our Modeling Guide Pages!


Featured Product of the “Week” (more or less)

NEW!American Car & Foundry, 24″ “Washburn” Pattern, Chilled Iron (in Celcon®) Scenery WheelsNEW!

New for O Scale West 2012! Does your junk or clutter pile need detailed, scale wheels? Does your wheel or car shop need a supply of new or used wheels? Does your snow plow or boom car need counter weights? Well, look no further! As we switch from styrene to Celcon® in our plastic press, the first few castings will get the occasional streak of styrene. And while these wheels can’t be used in our wheel sets (the styrene will separate as the wheels rub against the rails), these beautiful, highly detailed castings can still be used as detail parts! These wheels have gone through our normal clean-up process and then we’ve bored out the wheel centers to the correct, 5″ diameter hole; eliminating the “faux” axle protruding from the wheel front; and leaving the full, correct wheel casting. Ready for your favorite color of rust!

24″ AC&F Scenery Wheels:

Includes 8, Celcon®, 24″ AC&F wheel castings, suitable for scenery or detailing use only.

Stock No.
Description
Price
FMW-4006-SceneSet of 8, Celcon®, 24″ AC&F wheel castings.$3.00




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