White River Lumber #001

Adding The Side Sills
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A Quick Tour
Points of Interest
Reconstruction Begins
Assembling The Center Sill
Preparing For The Bolsters
Adding the Couplers
Flipping The Center Sill
Adding The Bolsters
Adding The Side Sills
The Car End Sills
The Car Goes On The Trucks
Putting On The Brakes
The Floor
Corner and Cupola Posts
The Roof
Wall Framing
View The Interior
Door and Window Trim
The Exterior
The Unveiling
The Crew
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The basic car frame is made up of the center, side, and body end sills. The body is attached to this frame. The flooring acts as stiffener and strengthens the whole frame. The side sills fit over the ends of the bolsters. The weight of the body is then transfered to the trucks through the body bearings. Installing the side sills added a bit more dimension to the frame. It is now easy to see how big(or small) the caboose really is.


The ends of the side sills are cut to create a simple lap joint. This supports one end of the body end sill. A bolt will hold the two pieces together.

Photo courtesy of Dickey Huntamer.

A slot was made in the side sill to allow it to fit around the bolster. A bolt will go through the top of the sill, through the bolster and out the bottom of the sill. This pins the sill to the frame. Note that the slot does not go all the way through the sill.


The side sill has been set in place to check the fit.


This is how the sill rests on the bolster. A little bit of wood will be removed to allow the sill to slip over the outer edges of the bolts.


The body end sills start simple, with a lap joint on one end. This will rest on the side sill. Two steel plates will hold the other end to the center sill.

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All photos Copyright 2003 by Martin Nemerever except as noted above. Copying prohibited without permission.