FD2 Heavy Duty Depressed Center Wellcar
the 'Queen Mary' - PRR [Pennsylvanian Railroad], Penn Central [PC] and Conrail

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PRR FD2 Heavy Duty Depressed Center Flatcar kit including decals. For the trucks see below


When it was built in April 1951, the Pennsylvania Railroad's single class FD2 flatcar was the largest freight car in the world, and although it never bore the name officially, it was known universally as the 'Queen Mary'.

The use of such a giant freightcar was to haul heavy power generating equipment, specifically fully assembled turbo-generators from the General Electric/Westinghouse plants to power plants across the US and into Canada too. Most of the manufacturers of such heavy equipment in the United States at that time resided in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, on PRR tracks, and the railroad intended to capture such lucrative traffic.

The FD2 'Queen Mary' was repainted in green and renumbered to 766196 after the creation of the Penn Central, and then transferred to Conrail, where it was active for some years. It was taken out of service in 1996 and presented to the Railroad City Museum, Altoona, where it is still extant.

The trucks for this car [four in total] were taken from the PRR T1 loco tenders and are an important feature of this car. We strongly suggest using the Shapeways 3D printed trucks to run this car. However, we can supply other versions of these trucks in the car kit, either cast sides of the trucks with an etched steel attachments, or etched stainless steel trucks. If you wish to use these alternative trucks, please get in touch by emailing sales@nscalekits.com

The N Scale Kits FD2 car has a cast lead-free pewter chassis and brake details
with etched walkways .

The recommended trucks from Shapeways are available here.

Model of FD2 with Generator load [see below] by Joshua Surkosky

A 3D printed Westinghouse Generator [as seen in the model above and builder's photo below]
from Keystone Details is available here.

Photographs are builders photos from the PRR collection of the
Pennsylvania Railroad Technical & Historical Society and D Monts 2002

Recommended wheels are Microtrains to fit into the trucks detailed above.
Body mount couplers should be used.

Decals are included with the kit with details in the Instruction Sheet.

The Queen Mary FD2 is still extant.
The FD2 is located, in a preserved state in PRR paint scheme,
at the Railroad Museum at Altoona - you can see details here

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