I have spent literally days on trying to figure out why one end of the passenger car was so high. The bolsters were the same height relative to the floor and the platforms were not .5 mm different from the floor, but somehow the car was sitting with one end a half millimeter higher than the other. Finally, I switched trucks end for end, and the difference went away.
The interior came from Shapeways some months ago, but I seem to be making glacial progress this year. I suppose that means that I'm melting slowly, and occasionally a big lump will drop off, which is pretty close to the way things are going.
Anyway, as you can see, the interior came with the end platforms. These are actually a little more delicate than I'd like, and I've had to repair at least one stringer on each end due to rough handling after epoxying them to the frame.
Despite how it might seem if you follow this blog, there is still modeling going on in my basement. Here are all the bits that belong on the roof. Everything is scratchbuilt because, well, I'd rather spend my time doing that than pouring through catalogues looking for parts that probably won't fit properly anyway.
Here is one of five lamp jacks for the passenger car. It's simply constructed from a pin and a length of tube. I held them apart with a razor blade as I soldered them. It's about 18 mm (3/4") long, and most of it will get cut off shortly before installation.
You can probably buy something like this, and one of the questions that I get asked when demoing is how do I choose to make something rather than buy it. The answer I give is one that I remember reading thirty years ago when I started scratchbuilding. It is this: if I can make something that's as good or better than the one I can buy, I'll make it.
Finally, after months of computer work, and Christmas, and finishing off the models for the train show, I am back to the passenger car. Amazingly, it's been almost six months since I did anything physical on this model - most of the recent work has been on the computer, composing the interior, the clerestory lights, and improving the freight trucks.