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Gondolas of the transition period - a compilation


(@orangeempire)
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SP Gondola #12156 

This old 40' Gondola had a steel underframe and wood sidewalls

I built the model using a urethan-structure


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SP Gondola #46127

This 40' Gondola is a steel construction and has high walls.
SP rebuilt this car from wood sides to steel boards - the bracing remained the same.

The model is a plastic kit with details added.


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SP Gondola #52237

This low board 40' Gondola is a steel construction

I built this model by using an urethan shell.
I added brass details.


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Southern Gondola #290005

This war built 52' car used steel for the structure, wall boards were made by wood.

The car is a Weaver plastic model - I modified it with some details to match the standard of my car fleet.
The car has drop end walls - I fixed them in the low position.


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NYC Gondola #349814

This 40' Gondola is built with a steel frame and wood sidewalls

The model is a plastic kit with wood sidewalls, I added details like flexible brake hoses


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PRR Gondola #370913

An all-steel 50' Gondola.

I used an older Atlas model and modified it.
I installed new trucks with steel wheel-sets, Kadee-couplers, new brake-equipment, I replaced plastic steps and molded grips with metal parts, I finished the model with touches of weathering.
Well - the result is very well, I'm happy with this gondola, it perfectly matches my freight car fleet.


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(@martin)
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Thanks for sharing. I spent ~20 years not building gondolas and having more than maybe 1 on my roster, but I've built maybe 5 in the last year now.  Going through a gon phase, I guess.


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@martin Hy Marti,

your thoughts are exactly mines!

Some years ago I had the Reefer - yellow fleet phase - I made a topic about.

Then I had the tank car phase.

Actually I'm in the Gondola / Hopper phase

Covid restrictions pushed my productivity up - in two months I upgraded 9 Hopper cars - they are all waiting for air brushing.

It is great to create a whole train - same car type but different shape 

I will show more photos

Juerg


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