Re: Looking for a Short Line
The Wheeling and Lake Erie has the following to recommend it:toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
TWO books, written by John B. Corns, with photos etc., for your research pleasure. Also, the Nickel Plate Historical and Technical Society is a source of information.
The location in Ohio is near auto manufacturing plants, so auto cars are possible (but not common, probably). The nearby Nickel Plate got its first 50' auto cars in 1936, IIRC, so it's possible that one could
The Wheeling got its first covered hoppers in 1937, and are available from Funaro in resin. I don't know how much you want to keep this in the mid-30's, you might be willing to bend it to the mid-late 30's.
Much of the Wheeling's rolling stock was coal hoppers, similar to GLa twins and H21 quads (some kitbashing is needed to make these more accurate), and they got some Alternate Standard offset hoppers starting in 1936. They had a lot of gons, slightly more than the number of hoppers. Your best bets for modeling are the IM USRA composite gons, and the Walthers USRA mill gons, or kitbash the Accurail gons by adding plate ends. They hauled a lot of pipe out of the pipe mill in Lorain. For boxcars, the Red Caboose X29 (ARA) box car is accurate. For cabooses... you'd have to kitbash the Roundhouse wood caboose (turn to the NKPHTS Magazine article for two variations of this kitbash).
For steamers, the Bachmann 2-8-0, BLI Heavy Mikado, Bachmann 2-6-6-2, and Proto USRA 0-8-0 and 0-6-0 are available.
I model the W&LE in the late 30's. It might be a bit large for a "short line", but I think it has enough interchange that it might work for you.
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