Re: Walthers Gon with Bulk Containers

Westerfield <westerfield@...>

John - Spacers were fixed to the floor so that the containers did not rest upon one another. These were only a couple of inches wide so they can't be modeled in HO. But you can model the spacers at the ends with styrene strip. The containers did come up short of the ends.

Walthers put correct lettering on many of their container sets but the USRA mill gon did not carry any of the modeled containers. It's a shame because the R&D manager attended my clinic on the subject and took a handout which detailed all of the combinations of containers and cars. - Al

----- Original Message -----
From: John Thompson
To: STMFC@...
Sent: Tuesday, June 13, 2006 4:32 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Walthers Gon with Bulk Containers

I'm just a part-time lurker on this list, so I apologize if you've
covered this a couple of years ago. I finally got around to buying a
set of 12 bulk containers to fill up a Walthers USRA 46' steel
gondola (the gon and loads are all lettered D&H, and I don't know if
those are correct schemes, but I'd like to know which schemes are

While the containers almost completely fill the width of the car,
they leave about 2 scale feet of empty space along the length. What
should be done in terms of spacers to fill the empty space? Where
should the spacers be located -- on the ends, in the middle, between
each set of containers, or what? And what should the spacers look

Also, would the road names of the containers and the gon normally
match, and if not, would all the container road names normally match
each other or not?

Any answers or references to old discussions would be welcome.

John Thompson (modeling 1947-56)
Bellevue (Seattle) WA

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