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Smokey Mountain Southern 1953 54'-5" gondola


O Fenton Wells
 

I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
Fenton


hubert mask
 

Nice work.  

Hubert Mask


On Nov 5, 2020, at 10:09 AM, O Fenton Wells <srrfan1401@...> wrote:

I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
Fenton
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Paul Doggett
 

Fenton 

Oh my goodness that looks superb.

Paul Doggett


On 5 Nov 2020, at 15:10, O Fenton Wells <srrfan1401@...> wrote:

I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
Fenton

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Bob Chapman
 

Fenton --

Wow -- perfect. The interior color is right-on vs. what I remember. That new gon took a beating in a hurry!

All the best,
Bob Chapman


Bill Keene
 

WOW! Fantastic!! 

You are going to have to tell us how you achieved the grunge and weathering. I have a couple of gondolas that are in need of aging. 

Cheers,
Bill Keene
Irvine, CA

On Nov 5, 2020, at 7:09 AM, O Fenton Wells <srrfan1401@...> wrote:

I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
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bigfourroad
 

You are turning Covid into a reason to celebrate for the rest of us seeing your work!  Very nice work Fenton - looks good enough to be S scale and I assume it is HO. 
Another inspiration to stop procrastinating on S kits. 
Chris


gtws00
 

Another great looking build Fenton
Thanks for sharing your work
George Toman


Jim King
 

Yes, my SOU gon is HO but I am considering upscaling to S, assuming there is sufficient market demand.  No gons like it in S but, unfortunately, Southern was the only road to have the rib style and pattern.  2 batches were built for SOU by Pullman (1953 and 1957) and they lasted into the mid 90s in MOW service.

 

Jim King

http://smokymountainmodelworks.com/

 


Eric Hansmann
 

Somehow I missed seeing this post earlier. The model is top-notch, Fenton! It seems many of us have been “gon crazy!”

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of O Fenton Wells
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:09 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Smokey Mountain Southern 1953 54'-5" gondola

 

I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
Fenton


O Fenton Wells
 

Yessir Eric I dun gon crazy. I do have that tee shirt😁
Fenton 


On Nov 5, 2020, at 4:48 PM, Eric Hansmann <eric@...> wrote:



Somehow I missed seeing this post earlier. The model is top-notch, Fenton! It seems many of us have been “gon crazy!”

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of O Fenton Wells
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 9:09 AM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: [RealSTMFC] Smokey Mountain Southern 1953 54'-5" gondola

 

I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
Fenton


George Eichelberger
 

The gon is one of the cars SRHA purchased from WrightTrak. We will get it back on the market when we finalize an agreement with someone to do the casting for us. (If anyone is interested in helping, pls contact me.)

It is true, the Southern was the only railroad in the southeast that had this car but they had a LOT of them. In addition to straight gondolas, the Southern created many variants including cars for coiled steel (different covers depending on which shop did the modifications), carbon electrodes used in aluminum smelting and maybe the most complex and unusual.. track panel cars first modified when Inman Yard in Atlanta was rebuilt in the 1950s.

Here are two HO examples. The electrode car is about finished except for lettering. The large moveable bulkhead closest to the camera would be positioned against the load of electrodes stacked between it and the fixed bulkhead at the far end.

The second model is almost unrecognizable as a gondola. Several "drones" and a "master" car traveled together. The stack of track panels were lifted in each car so the bottom panel could be moved to the master (the model in the photo) where an overhead carrier moved them beyond the car to set them in place. The Southern track people really hated them because they were so complex breakdowns were common. Good down-on photos of the prototype have been located that show the cars' piping and mechanics so I think I have enough information to complete the car. (All of the structural drawings are in the SRHA archives but the mechanical parts were added at the Charlotte Roadway Shop and no drawings for that hardware have been found.)

Ike


Eric Hansmann
 

Cool models, Ike! Lots of railroads converted cars for specialty uses. It’s more difficult finding details and photos on these.

 

 

Eric Hansmann

Murfreesboro, TN

 

 

 

 

From: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io <main@RealSTMFC.groups.io> On Behalf Of George Eichelberger
Sent: Thursday, November 5, 2020 5:57 PM
To: main@RealSTMFC.groups.io
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] Smokey Mountain Southern 1953 54'-5" gondola

 

The gon is one of the cars SRHA purchased from WrightTrak. We will get it back on the market when we finalize an agreement with someone to do the casting for us. (If anyone is interested in helping, pls contact me.)

It is true, the Southern was the only railroad in the southeast that had this car but they had a LOT of them. In addition to straight gondolas, the Southern created many variants including cars for coiled steel (different covers depending on which shop did the modifications), carbon electrodes used in aluminum smelting and maybe the most complex and unusual.. track panel cars first modified when Inman Yard in Atlanta was rebuilt in the 1950s.

Here are two HO examples. The electrode car is about finished except for lettering. The large moveable bulkhead closest to the camera would be positioned against the load of electrodes stacked between it and the fixed bulkhead at the far end.

The second model is almost unrecognizable as a gondola. Several "drones" and a "master" car traveled together. The stack of track panels were lifted in each car so the bottom panel could be moved to the master (the model in the photo) where an overhead carrier moved them beyond the car to set them in place. The Southern track people really hated them because they were so complex breakdowns were common. Good down-on photos of the prototype have been located that show the cars' piping and mechanics so I think I have enough information to complete the car. (All of the structural drawings are in the SRHA archives but the mechanical parts were added at the Charlotte Roadway Shop and no drawings for that hardware have been found.)

Ike


Tim O'Connor
 


Well built model of a fine resin kit. I do hope the cars will be released again.


On 11/5/2020 10:09 AM, O Fenton Wells wrote:
I just finished another Covid build.  This is a Smokey Mountain Southern, 1953 blt date, 53'-6" gondola.  Jim at Smokey Mt has sold this line of models and it appears the new owner is going to release this car in the near future.
This is a nicely done one piece casting with well done resin and etched metal details.  I haven't figured what load to put in it as of now.
Fenton

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Tim O'Connor
Sterling, Massachusetts


George Eichelberger
 

Eric:

ALL of the drawings for the electrode and coil steel cars (and covers) and the track cars are in the SRHA archives. While the  coil covers could be scratchbuilt, they would be good candidates for resin castings. If anyone is interested in making those masters, or doing casting work with the various WriteTrak masters and molds SRHA acquired, please contact me off-line.

Here is a current (partial) photo of Sou 59012. I will cut a 1/4 or 3/8” wood dowel dipped in black paint to represent the electrodes. I struggled to make the rack assemblies the movable bulkhead sits on until I saw the engraving on a large metal file. There is a section at the handle end that has engraving going only one way. By clamping a piece of styrene to the file, it produced a credible representation of the racks (visible in the photo).

I have mentioned the quantity and quality of Southern drawings before. Here’s an example of the stenciling on the moveable bulkhead.

Ike