Instructions - Fort Wayne Lightweight Combine (FW&L, ISC, IRR, ORR)

Mounting instructions for the St.Louis build Interurban combines.

This instructions will be updated and illustrated, and later moved to my "models" page interurbanmodels.blogspot.com

Available Versions:
  1. Fort Wayne - Lima (available)
  2. Indiana Service Corporation (available)
  3. Indiana Railroad (coming very soon)
  4. Oklahoma Railroad (coming soon) 

The original Fort Wayne- Lima combine (left) was a two man car and run the baggage (B) end forward. The three other cars were one manned and run the passenger door (A) end in front (right on both photos).

Except this, all cars were very similar. On the model, the Bowser motor bogie is located on the B side for all versions. The main difference is the position of the pilot, on version 1 the pilot is located on end B, on version 2 to 4 on end A.

General considerations:

3D prints are not always totally exact to scale. I provided enough space, but if the body doesn't fit over the frame even with some light sanding, you must claim at Shapeways. Nearly all holes a provided on my parts, but not always have the good diameter when printed.

The Frosted Detail material of the body is fragile, be very careful when cleaning and handling. When you have broken a part, you can glue it with a drop of Cyanoacrylate. Don't be discouraged. Sometimes, I have replaced a broken part with styrene strips.

On the opposite, the Strong&Flexible plastic of the floor and the bogie frames is very resistant and dicfficult to cut or sand. If you have ordered the black floor, you don't need to paint this parts.


  • Various cleaner (medical alcohol, acetone, toothpaste, soap)
  • Small screwdrivers
  • Small drills 0.3 to 2 mm
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Soldering iron with small head
  • Cutting knife
  • Glue (Cyanoacrylate)

Needed parts:

  • Bowser traction drive (28" or 26" wheels) or a Bowser PCC. The original car had 28" wheels when new. 
  • Working trolley pole (a plastic dummy pole is included in my floor kit).
  • Transparent plastic for glazing


I cannibalize Bowser PCC using the motor, the bogies and the circuit bord with his metal pins. The lights could perhaps be reused, but I have not yet tried out. I unsolder the lights and store them. The surplus PCC shells are also collected for further use. But you can also use a Bowser spare traction drive

Step 1/ Unmount the PCC drive, starting with the cable connectors. Mark the position of cables, if you are not sure how to remount them. Unscrew the motor truck bolster and the trailing truck. Unmounting the motor bogie requests to remove the wheel cover and the wheels. Unscrew the motor. Remove carefully the metal pins supporting the circuit board.

Step 2/ Remount the PCC drive (or mount the spare part drive), start by screwing the motor.

(to be followed)

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