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The Blue Ridge Stemwinder - In On30
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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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Very nicely executed rendition Tom and the prospective layout looks to be a biggy - at least by the usual UK standards!

Looking forward very much to developments as they arise.





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slateworks wrote: Very nicely executed rendition Tom and the prospective layout looks to be a biggy - at least by the usual UK standards!

Looking forward very much to developments as they arise.


Thank you Doug.

I am looking forward to the build.

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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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Tom, the two of you have produced a fine rendering of the hopper car and the detail is great, very realistic.



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Thanks Doug.

Bill and I are Tennessee train nuts.
We have collaborated before on the Little River Rail Road, and several Tennessee themed logging outfits.
This our first foray in to world of Tweetsie.

Tom


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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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 Posted: Sat Apr 20th, 2019 02:40 am
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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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