Schnable hydraulic flat car

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  1. Blake

    Blake Member

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    This car is called a Schnable car. I photographed it in Suffern NY around 1987. This car would hydraulically lift the load (usually a transformer) on and off of a truck eliminating the need for a crane. The caboose came along with it.

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  2. Ralph

    Ralph Remember...it's for fun!

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    Wild! It looks huge! Are they still in use?
    Ralph
  3. absnut

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    Many Schnabels are still in use in this country. They are certainly fascinating cars to both see and model. I have been looking for plans to build the one in the picture but have not found good data. I have built a couple in N, the accompanying photo being one of them.

    Here's an interesting site:

    http://southern.railfan.net/schnabel/schnabel_cars.html

    Dick
  4. jon-monon

    jon-monon Active Member

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    Great shots, Blake. Yes, they sure are interesting creatures. Dick has built some fantastic models of these in N.
  5. absnut

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    This is one of mine:

    Dick

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  6. Blake

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    Very cool! Great site, the car I photographed is on there. As far as modeling, looks to me like you didn't need any plans. I saw one of these cars in HO brass back in the early 1980's.
  7. absnut

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    You can get by making your own drawings as I did with my first effort but, some critical measurements help in the construction. I've never minded "it looks right" but, you know, there are some rivet counters out there!:D

    Dick
  8. Clerk

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    That is really some great car. I didn't know it even existed.