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Cary Locomotive Works

History:  In 1958 Cary Locomotive Works produced its first Steam Locomotive Conversion Body, expanding the line to Diesel body units, Diesel detail parts, and a large line of lost wax brass detail parts. All Cary Conversion Bodies are zinc die castings. These are accurate models with smooth nose contours and shapes, as well as deep sharp detail. All our bodies are designed to fit commercially available drivers of other manufacturers in HO scale, such as Athearn, Hobbytown, and Proto-Power West, etc. The basic body in all our conversion kits is a one piece casting, with some parts, such as, roof ventilators, shutters, steps, air horns, etc., cast separately where such parts could not be accurately cast as part of the body.

Hobbytown is now owned by:

 Bear Locomotive Works
 1361 Tuckerton Ave
 Whiting, NJ  08759

HO Diesel Body Kits

Part #DescriptionPrice
13-1  Box Cab COnversion Body Kit for Athearn Hustler * n.a.
13-2  FTA Body, Athern Proto-Power Hobbytown * n.a.
13~3  FTB Body, Athern Proto-Power *Discontinued* * n.a.
13-8  E3, E4, E6 Body Kit AHM Hobbytown Athearn * n.a.
13-9  E3B, E4B, E6B, E7BB Unit #9 or #15 * n.a.
13~14  E7A, Body Kit AHM Hobbytown Athearn *Discontinued* * n.a.
13-20  F3A Phase I or II F2 or F3A Unit Body Kits * n.a.
13-21  F3B Phase I or II F2 or F3B Unit Body Kits * n.a.
13~50  SW-1500 for Hobbytown or Athearn * n.a.
13-52  Alco S-2 S-4 Athearn or Hobby Switcher * n.a.
13-53  Fairbanks Morse H-10-44/H-12-44 Athearn/Hobbytown Body * n.a.

HO Boiler for Steam Locomotives

Part #DescriptionPrice
13-32  Pittsburgh 4-4-0 Conversion Boiler Kit for Mantua General * n.a.
13-34  USRA Heavy Steam Locomotive Boiler * n.a.
13-44  USRA Light Drilled for Detail Kit * n.a.

Super Detail Kits for Steam Locomotives

Part #DescriptionPrice
13-510  Detail Kit Cary Pittsburgh 4-4-0 * n.a.
13-520  Detail Kit USRA Light & Heavy 2-8-2 * n.a.
13-530  Detail Kit for Roundhouse MDC Harriman Series (530) * n.a.
13-540  Detail Kit Used for Roundhouse or MDC PRR Series (540) * n.a.
13-550  Detail Kit for Roundhouse or MDC Shay * n.a.
13-560  Detail Kit for Mantua 2-6-6-2 with Tender * n.a.

Cary On-Line Documentation - PDF Format
    HO Body Catalog Pages  (PDF file 800 K)
Super Detail kits drawings  (PDF file 50K)
Brass Detail Parts Drawings  (PDF file 187K)
Complete Cary Price List  (PDF file 20K)

Some hints for working with Cary bodies

Drilling:   Always use a lubricant, cutting oil is best, but any oil will do. Dip the tip in oil, just enough to moisten the end. When drilling, back the drill out of the hole frequently to clear the chips, re-oil the drill bit often.

Tapping:   When tapping holes or using self tapping screws in our castings, use a lubricant to dip the end of the tap or screw in, again cutting oil is best, but any oil will do. For every full turn that the screw is driven in, back it off 1/2 turn to clear the chips. Keep doing this until the desired depth is reached.

Parts Attachment:   We recommend using one of the many brands of ACC cement (super glue), Goo, Ambroid, or epoxy for attaching the detail parts. Always make sure the parts fit into the desired mounting hole or location before applying cement. Make sure both surfaces to be glued are clean, and free from oil and finger prints, sanding with fine sand paper prepares the surfaces nicely. Epoxy cements also work very well, but have longer setting times.

Preparation for Painting:   Wash the body in warm water and dishwashing detergent to remove all grease and oil, scrubbing with a soft brush. Submerging the body in straight vinegar (DO NOT USE FOR COOKING OR EATING AFTER USING) for several hours will etch the metal ever so slightly to ensure the paint will adhere. After the vinegar bath rinse the body thoroughly in water.
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