I understand that the Cape Line trucks were originally made by Red Ball.
Bethlehem Car Works now offers most of the Red Ball trucks in their
"KitBits" line. See:
Unfortunately, I don't see the old Red Ball / Cape Line T-77 ore jimmy truck
listed. However, it was an extremely simple truck - a top wood beam
mounting two bolt-on journal pedestals having additional support from a
bottom trapezoid shaped iron strap. I think you could come awfully close by
obtaining a more modern passenger truck that models separate pedestals, such
as the KitBits 95A, 122A, 1260, or 1265, or maybe the metal trucks Walthers
used to make for the Sierra cars, or the plastic trucks MDC made for the
Overton, Overland, or Harriman cars. It would then be an easy ask to use a
sprue cutter to clip off the equalizer beam between the pedestals, and the
spring assembly under the top beam. You could then add a bit of small strip
stock to model the strap, or leave it off as the strap does not show in all
old engravings of this type of car. Another alternative might be to find a
used model of an early British 4-wheel 8 to 12 ton freight wagon, and use
its truck. Geezer
I found out I had one BC Models ore jimmy I never assembled. I can use
the metal parts, sides, ends, side frames and cast my own parts to
reproduce a few jimmies for my road using a Alumilite Super Casting
Kit. I have joined a couple of groups who discuss the various methods
for casting parts like these parts I have. I have used resins and rtv
over the years so this should not be too difficult.
The wheel sets are available from Kadee.
If some of you have a need for a part that is not available anymore,
you can usually cast it.
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