ExactRail keeps me busy, but occasionally, I have time to model too.
Ever since we released the 53'-6 GSC flat cars, I've wanted to have a 6 to 8 car cut of lumber for my 1970s era Union Pacific layout. This is what has come from the ol' workbench. The lumber loads consist of dimensionally accurate 2X4 loads in 8’, 10’ 12’ and 16’ lengths. (In the attached photo, I only show 10’ and 16’ lengths.)
I am pretty happy with the results thus far. However, the loads are not perfect. Prototype lumber loads have banding which tie the wood bunks together (as in the photo.) They also have banding that ties bunks into groups. It has been my intention to add banding to groups of bunks when the load was assembled on the deck. However, my method just wasn't working out. I am going to have to try a different strategy.
Sometimes, that's modeling!