Bob McGlone sent an email the other day with an interesting model announcement. With his permission, it’s now a blog post.
I’d like to make early rail modelers aware of a new item that is now available. It’s a 3D printed model of the Philadelphia & Reading GAc class steel drop-door gondola.
The P&R received 1500 cars built in 1901 and 1902 by Cambria Steel of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. These cars were notable for several reasons:
- an all-steel design using commercially available structural steel shapes rather than pressed steel parts [important because it facilitates repairs],
- a 50 ton capacity
- no side sills.
This last item was notable because it later proved to be a weakness. Prototype drawings and a photo are in the widely available 1906 Car Builders Dictionary.
The model was created in 3D by Doug Forbes, who also did the 3D printed P&R HKa hopper gondola, based on the plans and a prototype model built by me. The gondola can be purchased directly from Shapeways.
I have a limited quantity of decals available for this model. They were done by TT-West, the folks who also did the HKa decals. These decals are fabulous, as you can see on the model photos here. I need a magnifying glass to see some of the lettering!
I also have a resin coal load available, plus three brass bars to use for weight between the center sills [which is optional]. Instructions are included, along with a parts list for completing the gondola. Decals are $6 postpaid. The resin coal loads are $7 postpaid. You can order both for $10 postpaid, and this also includes the brass bars. Here’s my address for ordering.
Robert McGlone, 602 Touchstone Circle, Port Orange, FL 32127
If you need multiples, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for a combined price. Emailed instructions are included if you buy anything from me.
Please don’t sleep on this offer. You folks know how neat stuff can go away unexpectedly. This is a really cool model of an early steel drop door gondola. Nothing like it has ever been available.
The Shapeways model is also available in N scale but I have no supporting items for that one.
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