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 Posted: Sun Mar 17th, 2019 03:39 am
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I have wanted to build this layout for a very long time.

I have enjoyed On30 for about 10 years now.
I have built two mini layouts that have graced the electronic pages of this fine site for quite some time.
A sugar cane hauler set in 1920 Haiti,
and a primitive backwoods logging operation set in 1910 Kentucky and Tennessee.

But the ET&WNC RR, ”Tweetsie” has always held a special place in my model railroading heart.
When Bachmann came out with their magnificent Baldwin 10 wheelers,
I was ready to do a medium sized layout in On30!!

So I moved a storage building in to the backyard and made my move to turn dreams in to reality.
I have been reading everything I can on the prototype and joined the ET&WNC RR historical society.
I live in Tennessee and Johnson City and the Doe River Gorge is not that far away.
So field exploration is in the near future.

I got two of the beautiful locomotives and started to take the plunge in building up rolling stock.
Here is my first go at equipment…… the parlor car #10 “Azalea”.










A Bachmann On30 coach provided the donor mechanism and hardware and roof.
The very nice laser wooden kit from Deerfield Laser was chosen to build up the coach.















I scoured the internet trying to find the colors used on Tweetsie Varnish,
and used some gloss rattle can paints to do up my rendition.















Well it at least an approximation of the colors I think they used.

I really enjoyed this shot from the prototype photos.....





......so I found some O scale chairs and had a go at recreating the little scene.





Here is a "topside" view of the fabric roof.





The actual layout is still in the planning stages, and while rolling stock is accumulated,
a Porter on the mini logging layout will shuffle cars around for pictures.





So here is what is coming in hopefully the near future:

Iain Rice's nifty book "Shelf Layouts for Model Rail Roads" has this plan for the ET&WNC in On30,
that should fit nicely in the storage building out back.










So thanks for looking and hopefully you all can follow along as this adventure begins.





Doc Tom



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My latest creation for the upcoming On30 ET&WNC layout is one of Tweetsie’s iconic wooden hopper cars.

My modeling buddy Bill Nelson scratch built the wooden body.

I went to work adding detail parts, grabs, stake pockets, wheels and couplers.

Here is the model in primer gray.






























Next steps will be to follow the prototype and paint and letter the car.

The original used a mixture of lampblack, linseed oil and japan drier to get the dark gray/black color.

This according to the good folks in the ET&WNC Historical Society.















Thanks for looking.

Doc Tom



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 Posted: Fri Apr 19th, 2019 02:33 pm
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Nice hopper, great craftsmanship shown.
I do have a "question" about the prototype...how do they have bottom drop doors amid the truss rods?
Are the doors narrow enough to allow the load to dump yet not hit the rods?
Perspiring minds want.......
I agree about the Bachmann 4-6-0, she's a very nice lokie.

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Tom,
Good to see you here as well.

Not to deflect this thread, but I have an ongoing thread on my own ET&WNC layout here:
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7313&forum_id=4

FYI, the locals called the ET&WNC the "Stemwinder," not SteAmwinder…
Only the flatlander tourists called it, "Tweetsie" from what I've bene able to tell.




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Hi Woodie,

Yes, the discharge doors are small. There are 4 sets.

There are two outer truss rods that go outside the door openings.
There are two other truss rods running down the center of the car and inside to the door openings.
I need to flip the car over and get some shots.


Thanks for looking.

Tom


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Lee B wrote: Tom,
Good to see you here as well.

Not to deflect this thread, but I have an ongoing thread on my own ET&WNC layout here:
http://www.freerails.com/view_topic.php?id=7313&forum_id=4

FYI, the locals called the ET&WNC the "Stemwinder," not SteAmwinder…
Only the flatlander tourists called it, "Tweetsie" from what I've bene able to tell.


Hi Lee, Love your layout. I have been following your news and the thread for several years.
It has been one of the inspirations to build this one.
I think I have stemwinder spelled correctly on the header for this thread. I hope I didn't screw that up. :doh:


I have only visited the "Tweetsie" RR theme park in NC once and briefly.
I hope to linger with #11 at the park this summer as part of the ET&WNC Historical Society meeting.

Will you be going?


Doc Tom


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Hi Doc  :wave:



AWESOME ! job you both done on the hopper-car !!  :thumb:

Now THAT's what I call a nice bit of rolling-stock modeling.  :cool:


A pretty darn hard task on those diagonals for sure ...  :brill:

... at least there aren't a ton of pesky RIVETS to do though !  :f:




I love this end-shot with your rusty ol' donkey engine.  :old dude:

Nice detailing Doc.  :)



I'd be really pleased with an ACE hopper like that on the rails.



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Si. wrote:
AWESOME ! job you both done on the hopper-car !!  :thumb:

Now THAT's what I call a nice bit of rolling-stock modeling.  :cool:


A pretty darn hard task on those diagonals for sure ...  :brill:

... at least there aren't a ton of pesky RIVETS to do though !  :f:


I love this end-shot with your rusty ol' donkey engine.  :old dude:

Nice detailing Doc.  :)



I'd be really pleased with an ACE hopper like that on the rails.


Thank you Si.

I really like working in On30 because of the detail you can create.

But I will leave all the rivets and bolts used on the prototype to the imagination. :)

Tom


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To build this little layout I have been researching the heck out of the ET&WNC RR.
Heck, I even joined the ET&WNC RR Historical Society.....a very nice group.

At the end of May they had their annual convention in Johnson City Tennessee and I had a ball.

Here we are playing with ET&WNC lokie #12.  She is 102 years old and guzzied up in Tweetsie RR livery.

https://youtu.be/H_xgCijWV0Q

The engineers let us take as many runbys and photo ops as we wanted,
with the theme park closed for the time we were there.

I have a model of number 12 ready to hit the iron when I get to building the layout.

doc Tom


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Fantastic car Doc, love the detail



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