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Bill Gill Posted - 07/20/2016 : 6:10:20 PM
This thread groups together the various rolling stock posts have made on the forums. Future posts will be added to this thread to keep everything in one place.

Here are the links to the earlier posts:

HO Civil War gondola project

Freelanced 'homebuilt' boxcar

Pulp Fiction: two freelanced cars for the C&V RR

Two HO gondola pulpwood loads

three bobbers for the C&V
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Michael Hohn Posted - 05/31/2018 : 12:12:19 PM
Thanks Bill, that all makes sense. Very helpful indeed.

- Mike
Bill Gill Posted - 05/31/2018 : 11:19:57 AM
Pete, figured that was the shot. Yeah, we might stage something like that.

Thanks, Rich.
Bill Gill Posted - 05/31/2018 : 11:18:07 AM
Mike, Well John Nehrich isn't sure what was in those bins either. He wondered if they were scrap bins, the dividers separating different materials that would get sold off. That makes sense, there must've been some place to put all the scrap. But all the photos of the Rutland Yard he's seen have rail access to the bins blocked by rolling stock jamming all the tracks, so not someplace where stuff would get shipped out regularly. Another thought was various pieces of used equipment kept on hand for cannibalizing pieces or using for cobble-repairs.
John stacked wheels, axles, bearing, etc. in a more organized way in the bins to contrast some of the other hodgepodge of stuff in the area.
The only other example he knows of are photos in Library of Congress of ?Scranton? documented by HAER in 1970s, but they didn't give any info on the bins specifically. Hope that helps a little.
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/31/2018 : 10:00:37 AM

Thank you for the information. Iím assembling a couple of CV ladders for the repair, paint, and lettering crews and might add another track eventually.

Pennman Posted - 05/31/2018 : 09:38:59 AM
I really like your work on the boxcars and their weathering.
Hard to tell from the real ones. Keep up with the great work.

Orionvp17 Posted - 05/31/2018 : 08:18:46 AM
That would be the pic, Bill! Go for it!

in Michigan
Bill Gill Posted - 05/31/2018 : 07:51:34 AM
Thanks, Greg, Ted, Carl, Jerry, Railrunner130 & Bernd!

Thanks, Pete, I haven't seen that RMC article, but it probably was one by John Nehrich. He recently reposted that photo on the club's Facebook page. It's a Jim Shaughnessy photo, from 1922 I think. And yes, we have talked about possibly modeling that.

Mike, Thanks. I would guess that the area would look pretty much the same in the 1880s as far as clutter. Some specific equipment may be a bit different. For example, we have a worker hand painting the stencil on a boxcar but by our time frame many places were spray painting cars and stencils. I've seen wheel sets, individual wheels, truck side frames and bolsters stacked on the ground. The ground in our scene is mostly crushed cinders, reduced to sort of a dark gray dirt. Whether materials were neatly stored or scattered about might reflect the state of the company's finances? or just the volume of work in progress. I emailed John Nehrich to ask him what's in those bins.

Bernd Posted - 05/31/2018 : 07:07:36 AM
Another good looking set of cars.

Railrunner130 Posted - 05/30/2018 : 7:51:56 PM
Originally posted by Bill Gill

[i][blue] But, why did he start with the T? You can see the gaps are still there on the R U L A N D.

Maybe he was listening to my grandmother. She was an immigrant and lived in Rutland. That's how she pronounced it!
Michael Hohn Posted - 05/30/2018 : 2:16:34 PM

First, your fish belly car is a whale of a winner. Iím looking forward to seeing it lettered.

Second, I looked at your car shop photos just a couple days ago as I was gathering data and ideas for my own car shop in Auburn. Iíve looked at other photos as well and almost universal are rows of wheel sets. Sometimes I see them setting on wood platforms. Other times in the weeds. What was done here? Looks like large areas are covered with ballast or other stone, perhaps cinders. Wheel sets and neat piles of wood are sitting on the gravel or whatever.

Whatís the purpose of the bins?

I wonder how much in the scene can be extrapolated back to the 1880ís?

TRAINS1941 Posted - 05/30/2018 : 1:00:15 PM
Nice! Thanks for sharing all this with us Bill.
Carl B Posted - 05/30/2018 : 12:00:30 PM
Yes sir, I like it!
quartergauger48 Posted - 05/30/2018 : 11:47:50 AM
Great work indeed Bill, and very good photos'..
Orionvp17 Posted - 05/30/2018 : 11:36:32 AM

Great work,and cool photos! Keep going!

Somewhere, perhaps in RMC decades ago, there was an article on the D&H having a box car building contest among several crews from different divisions. Time frame, IIRC, was 1920s, but it may pre-date WWI. This would be an interesting addition to the mix, it's "local," and it would showcase some of those heavy-duty modeling skills you guys have in quantity.

in Michigan
Ensign Posted - 05/30/2018 : 11:34:04 AM
Bill, nice work once again!

Greg Shinnie

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