A complete collection of MTW’s freight and farm equipment.
Lots and lots to describe here! Buried in the middle of the back is MTW-1001, the hopper car that started it all for MTW. Farther back, just ahead of the caboose (a bonus LDraw model), is MTW-1002, the bulkhead flat. Between the flat and the hopper is another bonus model, the hydrogen tanker. Pulling that lashup is the SOO Line variant of the MTW-2001 SW locomotive, with a MTW-1003 stockcar just behind.
In the front row another SW MTW-2001 is mated to a calf (cabless loco) bonus model, both in UP colors, and they’re pulling the previously unreleased MTW-1005 combine loaded on two cars, a drop center and a flat. Bringing up the rear is one of my favorites, the MTW-1004, another drop center flat with a transformer load.
In the field in the foreground we have the “Big Green” tractors and equipment of MTW-5001 (a modern and backdated tractor, a wagon and a sprayer) with a bonus manure spreader. Just behind them is the load from MTW-1005, a combine doing some harvesting.
This is it! The big one! One of a series of instruction CDs from Milton Train Works™, this CD gives you everything you need to build your own copy of all of MTW's great freight models, plus several bonuses. You get it all... except the parts.
The instructions and images were created with MLCad, an LDraw compatible CAD modeling program especially designed for use with LEGO® and compatible elements, and rendered with LDLite and POVray. Enjoy!
Just look at everything you get in this CD:
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This is an instance of my custom hopper car. This was my first custom model, going back to the Gary Louie Memorial Auction when I made and donated my first one. It's an oldie but a goodie, with over 50 copies now sold to happy fans world wide. Arguably this model started the whole custom model business, showing that it could be done.
For more information on this model, you can view the MTW-1001 product page (opens a new page)
I completed development of this set in early August 2000, have made an initial production run of 10 units in red/black as pictured. A small modification was made to the trucks to enhance realism. I also added "tie down rails" (LEGO tubing) to the clips running from one end of the car to the other.
This model convinced me that the idea of custom kits had legs.
For more information on this model, you can view the MTW-1002 product page (opens a new page)
Stockcars were an American invention, introduced in the mid 1800s as a way to transport livestock of various kinds. Thousands were used in great blocks by various western railroads to collect cattle from railheads in frontier towns such as Amarillo and Dodge City, and transport them to the great meat packing cities of Chicago and Kansas City, where the slaughterhouses awaited. Several of these were featured in my "Paiute, Wyoming" ISSC contest entry. There's a bit of homage to Lionel in this model as the horses are designed to rock as the car moves.
For more information on this model, you can view the MTW-1003 product page (opens a new page)
Drop Center flatcars are used around the world whenever a load needs to be transported by rail that is too tall for standard flatcars to carry and still satisfy clearance requirements. Thus this model is at home on both North American prototype layouts and others.
MTW-1004 is one of my favorites, and it has a transformer load. I offered this kit in two color schemes, you can build it in any scheme you like.
For more information on this model, you can view the MTW-1004 product page (opens a new page)
Never actually produced as a kit, and never before released to the public, this is my most elaborate freight model to date. The combine harvester is done in red and white, the colors of Massey Ferguson, partly for parts availability reasons and partly because MTW-5001 uses John Deere colors.
The load takes two cars to carry it one for the harvester head, and one for the body. The body is big enough that a drop center was used. Not strictly prototypical but it looks good. When assembled as a combine, the wheels drive the harvester head.
This is a mid to late 20th century US prototype Diesel Electric Switcher. It does not follow any specific prototype exactly but I was heavily influenced by EMD and to a lesser extent, Alco, switchers. Lots of variation is possible, this one has been produced in many colors.
The instructions make a white version but I have included a color scheme document so you can see some of the possible variations. People have ordered this in many different schemes, at last count over a dozen, but the yellow and gray of Union Pacific was always the most popular one so that's what the render shows.
For more information on this model, you can view the MTW-2001 product page (opens a new page)
This is a set of two Big Green tractors and pull behind accessories. The color scheme was chosen as an homage to John Deere but it's not an actual licensed product.
Every layout needs a rural section and these tractors will accent that nicely. As their namesake equipment manufacturer has a worldwide presence, these models will be at home on any layout. You get designs for both a modern tractor and one that has been back dated a bit so it would be at home on layouts as early as the 1930s. You also get a wagon and a sprayer.
For more information on this model, you can view the MTW-5001 product page (opens a new page)
A hydrogen tanker is a relatively rare specialty car. Because of the great pressure under which hydrogen is carried, it uses multiple tubes. The model simulates this with lots of 1x1 rounds.
This is a conventional caboose with cupola. However the cupola is an extra stud wide to allow for better visibility. You may have to root around to get the 3 wide windows it uses. Features some interior details.
This is a "calf", a cabless switch engine usually tethered to a "cow" or cabbed switch engine, to allow for multiple unit use. It has a prime mover, unlike a "slug" which has just traction motors. Union Pacific colors. Goes well with the MTW-2001 (one is mated to it on the left of the image).
This is a manure spreader add-on, just another implement that your MTW-5001 tractors can pull.
Instructions and parts lists for models, where supplied, are saved as Adobe PDF files. You will need a reader installed to read these. Almost everyone already has Adobe reader installed but in case you do not a free copy can be obtained at Adobe and you can then have PDFs opened automatically. PDF is a widely used format but allows distribution of read-only (not easily editable) copies.
Some models are supplied in source form, meaning that you get the LDraw format source file for the design. This may have an .ldr, .dat. or .mpd extension. To view the design you will need to have an LDraw reader or editor, as well as a recent LDraw parts library, installed. This is discussed in more detail at the www.LDraw.org site in the "getting started" section.
So you need to get the parts library, and a package for your platform. (note, some packages may come with the parts library embedded)
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