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 Posted: Sat Apr 20th, 2019 11:00 am
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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.

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Fantastic car Doc, love the detail



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Doc, even though I just spent last week riding NG trains in Colorado,
I envy you for getting to the ET&WNC association event.

I've been wanting to get to those for years.
Been a member for quite a while now, myself.

Last time I got to Tweetsie was 2005.
I got a cab ride, but sadly # 12 was cold that day...




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Lee B wrote: Doc, even though I just spent last week riding NG trains in Colorado,
I envy you for getting to the ET&WNC association event.

I've been wanting to get to those for years.
Been a member for quite a while now, myself.

Last time I got to Tweetsie was 2005.
I got a cab ride, but sadly # 12 was cold that day...


Glad to hear you belong to this very nice group.
I met some nice folks who are extremely knowledgeable about the narrow gauge railroad.
I hope to make this an annual event.
Luckily I live in Tennessee and it is nice drive from middle Tennessee to the glorious mountains in the East.

Hope you can make it to the 2020 get together.
I would enjoy meeting you and talking up model railroad tall tales.

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Doctor G wrote
Glad to hear you belong to this very nice group.
I met some nice folks who are extremely knowledgeable about the narrow gauge railroad.
I hope to make this an annual event.
Luckily I live in Tennessee and it is nice drive from middle Tennessee to the glorious mountains in the East.

Hope you can make it to the 2020 get together.
I would enjoy meeting you and talking up model railroad tall tales.


I'm on the west coast.
Getting there would be very tough, but I'd like to get there someday.

My folks have my Dad's childhood home outside of Elizabethton
(though they haven't been there in quite a while)
and I have some relatives still in the area.

I badly want to get back there, especially now that I know of a remaining section of dual-gauge track in Elizabethton
(which I never knew of during all those visits in my youth, I would have loved to have seen that even then).
It's at 574 S Sycamore ST.

http://cfordart.com/elizabethtonrails.pdf

If I lived in the area, I'd offer to pay to chop up that section,
and re-lay new concrete for the owners, to get to those rails and spikes.

Also, I want to get the museum in Newland to see caboose 505 and the Linville depot there.

It'd be great to finally get to meet with fellow ET&WNC fans, especially as where I live,
I'm lucky to encounter someone in this hobby who merely heard of the RR at some point.




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Ahhh, the joys of Prototype model railroading.

I have completed three hopper cars to haul iron ore and coal,
on my planned On30 homage to the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad.

I will be modeling the era 1920 – 1924,
when the railroad was quite profitable and had beautiful narrow gauge passenger cars.





So, I was doing research on what I thought the prototype Hopper cars looked like.















I picked up Johnny Graybeals nicely done decal sets for freight cars in O scale,
at the model railroad show in Johnson City Tennessee this summer.

It was also nice meeting him in person.

I proceeded to carefully apply decals to the first side of a hopper car.
I thought I had done a nice rendition of Hopper car Number 28.




















I read on further about these fine wooden hopper cars,
that were felt to be the largest wooden hopper cars in narrow gauge railroading for their time.

In an article in the 2018 HOn3 Annual written by Johnny Graybeal,
and including photos from his collection,
I hit the jackpot on prototype pictures of Hopper cars for the ET&WNC RR.

In one of the pictures he mentioned that the lettering in use by the ET and WNC from the teens until 1936,
had small stenciling for the road name, instead of the stretch lettering that came into vogue after 1936.





So, it was back to the paint shop,
and my first attempt at an early 1920s Hopper car was repainted and relettered, using Johnny's very good decal sheet.
But at this time with much smaller lettering.

The stenciling on the decal was a bit too wide and I had to remove the “&” to get it to fit.
But, I felt it was a fairly good representation of hopper car number 18 in 1920’s livery.

I am not a rivet counter, but certainly want my rolling stock to be a good representation,
of what road the rails in the early 1920’s in the mountains of East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.




















Now I have two other cars to decal correctly with the correct prototype look for the early 1920's.





Thanks for looking.

Dr. Tom



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Great reproductions Tom, very realistic.





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I love the hoppers!
You did a great job with the decals.

I have some of the IMA On30 kits and have only built one so far.
I really need to get it painted and decaled, then move on to the other 4 I have to be built.

Your photos have motivated me to pick that up and move forward with it.




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