As a long time model railroad I've collected trains from many sources and different manufacturers. Some were purchased, some were gifts and some were much better than others. In my early days the old Kaybee Toys was selling Bachmann freight cars at 5 for $10.00. This was before the EZ mate couplers and the Bachmann Silver Series. I bought a bunch. All cars had talgo mounted X2F (horn hook) couplers and plastic wheels of dubious quality.
As time went on a lot of these cars were upgraded with body mounted knuckle couplers and metal wheels. Some of the cars however went into what I call the purgatory box. Some were stored serviceable and some were waiting for divine intervention to help them join their peers on the layout. One of these cars was NYC 499043, the A.H.M. heavy duty flatcar that I recently covered in this blog entry. http://newyorkcentrallayout.blogspot.com/2016/09/ahm-nyc-499043-heavy-duty-flatcar.html
Based on the success of that project I dug into the purgatory box to look for other freight cars I could return to revenue service. I also expanded the search to other rolling stock that was being largely ignored for whatever reasons. Let's take a look at some of the my most recent rescue attempts
Two more gondolas from Bachmann and a Recycled Steel gondola which I believe is a Model Power product. I painted the inside of the P&LE and CBQ gondolas awhile ago. These two come under the category of largely ignored. Probably because of their bright colors they just never seemed to get the call when gondolas were needed.
A TYCO A.T.S.F. flat car that has had it's wood deck painted. Both the Gulf car the A.T.S.F. car have received new brake wheels and assemblies courtesy of leftover Athearn parts.