More gondola builds

Gondolas loaded with coal from the Virginia and Pittsburgh Coal and Coke Company’s Morgan Mine No. 2 tipple near Rivesville, W. Va., on December 30, 1926. From the Monongahela Railway Company Photograph Collection, 1903-1993 on the University of Pittsburgh Historic Pittsburgh site.

The previous blog post on gondola kit builds featured HO scale Pennsylvania Railroad GRa class cars. That was the main focus of the group kit build project, but the door was wide open for our Pre-Depression Era railroad modeler group to build a gondola kit they had at hand. A few more models came off the workbench!

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Gondola builds

PRR GRa 1913 builder image from the Westerfield Models AC&F collection

About a year ago, a few Pre-Depression Era railroad modelers embarked on a group kit build. We chose a Pennsylvania Railroad GRa class composite gondola kit, but we opened the door for other gondola models that fit the era. It’s time to share the progress!

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Cranes

Eckington Yards, 6/4/23. United States Washington D.C. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2016847637/

I’ve been noticing various types of cranes in prototype photos of team yards and tracks. They do not show up everywhere, but cranes are a detail to consider when modeling a scene in the 1900-1940 years. The 1923 image above documents passenger cars parked at a team yard in Washington DC for a Shriner’s convention. They aren’t easy to spot. but there are several cranes in the background.

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Repetition

Many aspects of model building are repetitive. These might be details or processes used across several similar models, or many of the same details applied to one model. Sometimes I will procrastinate completing a model because of all the same small details that need to be installed. Like installing 36 small brackets on a gondola. Those are the brackets in the lead image.

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Being picky

Photo from the Westerfield Models AC&F builder photo collection

As I started an HO scale resin freight car kit, I noticed something odd about the grab irons. The drop portion of the grab iron wasn’t at a right angle to the legs of the wire detail part. When I look at a prototype photo like the one above. I see drop grab irons at right angles.

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