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Hopper cars in process, On30...

Lee Bishop
 

Ever since the pandemic forced us all indoors, I’ve been mostly either working from home, doing whatever house cleaning chores my wife comes up with, or working on these.
They’re laser kits made by On30IMA. They’re quite challenging to work on as a lot of it you just have to figure out on your own, so I built only one at first, to use as a guide to building the rest. I’m glad I did that.
The remaining 4 I have (two more shorties and two ‘normal’ length) were done in an assembly line manner, all repetitive tasks for each type of part for each car. Now, the subassemblies are done and I need to put them all together into the shape of ET&WNC hopper cars.
I’ll be happy when these are done, as I’ve always wanted some of the Tweetsie’s ubiquitous wood hoppers but before recently nobody made them in O scale. There are at least two people I know who’ll make them as 3D prints, but only in O scale. Heck, I’d have paid a premium price for these as one piece, but nobody wanted to take the money. The kits aren’t exactly cheap, but once they’re done, I think they’ll be worth it. Only one (the near on in this photo) will not be carrying a load. They need weights and there’s NO place to put them but inside without being seen. So I did the detailed interior bottoms of the one, and the rest will permanently carry coal loads.
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Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: May 29-31 2020 Society Convention cancellation

William Uffelman
 

Great photo Dr Tom.

Bill Uffelman


On Sat, Mar 21, 2020 at 9:27 AM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
Chris,
I feel you're doing the right thing. As a family physician on the front lines of this crazy epidemic, social distancing is the only tool we have right now. Looking forward to a vaccine perhaps in the upcoming months and a lot of work is going on to develop a medication to treat coronavirus.

In the meantime, let us continue to use this great group to share ideas and pictures about our favorite little railroad. It will be a tremendous diversion and keep our spirits up.

God bless us all during these trying times. Dr. Tom



On Mar 20, 2020, at 11:09 AM, Chris Ford <chris@...> wrote:

Thanks Lee, we're bummed out as well. We'll get through it.

2020 may just be the "lost year" for many organizations. Lost but not last.



Chris

 
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Chris Ford
President - ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society
www.etwncrrhs.org
chris@...
901-497-0809
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www.cfordart.com

On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:53:07 -0700, "Lee Bishop" <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
 
Chris,
Even though I wasnt planning on going this year, I'm saddened to hear its been cancelled.
That said, it's a very smart move and will make the 2021 convention all the more memorable!
Stay safe, all,
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: May 29-31 2020 Society Convention cancellation

Tom Grabenstein
 

Chris,
I feel you're doing the right thing. As a family physician on the front lines of this crazy epidemic, social distancing is the only tool we have right now. Looking forward to a vaccine perhaps in the upcoming months and a lot of work is going on to develop a medication to treat coronavirus.

In the meantime, let us continue to use this great group to share ideas and pictures about our favorite little railroad. It will be a tremendous diversion and keep our spirits up.

God bless us all during these trying times. Dr. Tom



On Mar 20, 2020, at 11:09 AM, Chris Ford <chris@...> wrote:

Thanks Lee, we're bummed out as well. We'll get through it.

2020 may just be the "lost year" for many organizations. Lost but not last.



Chris

 
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Chris Ford
President - ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society
www.etwncrrhs.org
chris@...
901-497-0809
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www.cfordart.com

On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:53:07 -0700, "Lee Bishop" <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
 
Chris,
Even though I wasnt planning on going this year, I'm saddened to hear its been cancelled.
That said, it's a very smart move and will make the 2021 convention all the more memorable!
Stay safe, all,
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: May 29-31 2020 Society Convention cancellation

Chris Ford
 

Thanks Lee, we're bummed out as well. We'll get through it.

2020 may just be the "lost year" for many organizations. Lost but not last.



Chris

 
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Chris Ford
President - ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society
www.etwncrrhs.org
chris@...
901-497-0809
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www.cfordart.com

On Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:53:07 -0700, "Lee Bishop" <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
 
Chris,
Even though I wasnt planning on going this year, I'm saddened to hear its been cancelled.
That said, it's a very smart move and will make the 2021 convention all the more memorable!
Stay safe, all,
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: May 29-31 2020 Society Convention cancellation

Lee Bishop
 

Chris,
Even though I wasnt planning on going this year, I'm saddened to hear its been cancelled.
That said, it's a very smart move and will make the 2021 convention all the more memorable!
Stay safe, all,
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


May 29-31 2020 Society Convention cancellation

Chris Ford
 

Hi all,

A note here to all our ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society members, and to anyone else interested in the Society and the ET&WNC. These are unprecedented times for our communities and for our Society, but we are prepared to take measures that a month ago would have been considered too drastic.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our Society members and members of the community, we have followed the lead of many other organizations and have cancelled our 32nd Annual Convention scheduled for May 29-31, 2020 in Johnson City at the Carnegie Hotel. We'll watch carefully as events unfold and make our future plans accordingly. Suggestions from members are always welcome. Please check for updates in our Newsletters, and of course, we will post any tentative plans on this "groups.io" site as well. Newsletters and lots of other ET&WNC related info is available on our website at http://www.etwncrrhs.org/

Some options we have, but are not limited to, are...moving the Convention to a later date this year, downsizing to a smaller function, postponing until next year at our usual time, or...? We just don't know right now. Everything is up in the air at the moment until this "fog" has lifted and we can see our way clear. But there will be light at the end of the tunnel (sorry, had to have some railroady reference in there) and we will move on from all this.

The Historical Society is still alive and open for business, albeit electronic at the moment. We will practice our "social distancing" and will continue with production of our Newsletters and Magazines. Thanks to everyone for helping us keep going and helping to keep the memory and the spirit of the ET&WNC Railroad alive.

Contact our Vice President Curtis Brookshire for more information about future Society conventions.

Be safe out there!




Chris


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Chris Ford
President - ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society
www.etwncrrhs.org
chris@...
901-497-0809
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www.cfordart.com


Re: Coming around the bend, in On30...

Tom Grabenstein
 

Very nicely done and I enjoyed the picture composition as well. Tom


On Mar 12, 2020, at 8:20 AM, William Uffelman via Groups.Io <ufffam@...> wrote:

Looks good!

Bill Uffelman 


On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 7:49 AM, Mark Lewis
<narrowrails12@...> wrote:
Great looking scene, Lee! 👍

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 12:16 AM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
ET&WNC # 12 drifts past the Ensor farm at Sadie, Tennessee one late sweltering afternoon in August, 1943, heading for Johnson City and a much-needed meal for the crew:
<Sadie Bound.jpg>

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Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge
<Sadie Bound.jpg>


Re: Coming around the bend, in On30...

William Uffelman
 

Looks good!

Bill Uffelman 


On Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 7:49 AM, Mark Lewis
<narrowrails12@...> wrote:
Great looking scene, Lee! 👍

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 12:16 AM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
ET&WNC # 12 drifts past the Ensor farm at Sadie, Tennessee one late sweltering afternoon in August, 1943, heading for Johnson City and a much-needed meal for the crew:

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Coming around the bend, in On30...

Mark Lewis
 

Great looking scene, Lee! 👍

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.

On Thu, Mar 12, 2020, 12:16 AM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
ET&WNC # 12 drifts past the Ensor farm at Sadie, Tennessee one late sweltering afternoon in August, 1943, heading for Johnson City and a much-needed meal for the crew:

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Coming around the bend, in On30...

Lee Bishop
 

ET&WNC # 12 drifts past the Ensor farm at Sadie, Tennessee one late sweltering afternoon in August, 1943, heading for Johnson City and a much-needed meal for the crew:

--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: NG convention in 2022?

Lee Bishop
 

Todd,
Here you go: https://www.flickr.com/photos/53587910@N05/albums/72157668176638961
The link in my signature line takes to my short website which talks about some of it in (rambling) detail...
The more I think on it, the more I wish I'd modelled Port Rayon/Bemberg in the center of the layout, with the east end being Johnson City and the other the fictional line to Stoney Creek. Oh well, nobody builds the perfect layout...
The dual gauge with O/On30 would have required hand layout track anyway, something I really didn't wanna do.
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: NG convention in 2022?

 

I probably won’t be coming that way, but would love to see the layout in pictures. I have debated “ protolancing “ like you have. Just haven’t had the time.

Todd Pearson


On Mar 4, 2020, at 10:00 AM, Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:

I'd love to have any member of the ET&WNC association of this IO group to visit (just keep in mind, my layout is a fictional branch line, not a representation of any real part of the ET&WNC as I simply lacked the space to re-create any real ET&WNC scenes). Once the time comes around, I'll post more on that, so any ET&WNC fan can come to visit if they want.
Also, if anyone wants to know more about the local RR stuff, I'd be happy to answer questions about that as well. There's a lot to see in this area!
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: NG convention in 2022?

Lee Bishop
 

I'd love to have any member of the ET&WNC association of this IO group to visit (just keep in mind, my layout is a fictional branch line, not a representation of any real part of the ET&WNC as I simply lacked the space to re-create any real ET&WNC scenes). Once the time comes around, I'll post more on that, so any ET&WNC fan can come to visit if they want.
Also, if anyone wants to know more about the local RR stuff, I'd be happy to answer questions about that as well. There's a lot to see in this area!
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: NG convention in 2022?

johnny graybeal
 

I plan on being there. Would love to see  your layout.
Johnny Graybeal


Re: NG convention in 2022?

Dan Stenger
 

Tentatively, yes.  I would love to visit your layout if we can attended.

Dan Stenger


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From: "Lee Bishop"
To: ETWNC@groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Tuesday March 3 2020 6:15:44PM
Subject: [ETWNC] NG convention in 2022?

Okay, I know it's insanely early to ask, but is anyone looking to come to the Seattle/Tacoma WA area for the 2022 NG convention?
Lots of steam between the Seattle and Portland areas, and a lot of class 1 traffic.
There are several narrow gauge layouts in the region as well.
As far as I know I'm the only ET&WNC modeler in the region, but if anyone here is coming, let me know. My layout is pretty small but I'd love for anyone who really knows the ET&WNC to see it in person (it might be on the layout tours, as one of the organizers is a pal of mine and already pushing me to offer up the layout for tours and to put on at least one clinic)...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


NG convention in 2022?

Lee Bishop
 

Okay, I know it's insanely early to ask, but is anyone looking to come to the Seattle/Tacoma WA area for the 2022 NG convention?
Lots of steam between the Seattle and Portland areas, and a lot of class 1 traffic.
There are several narrow gauge layouts in the region as well.
As far as I know I'm the only ET&WNC modeler in the region, but if anyone here is coming, let me know. My layout is pretty small but I'd love for anyone who really knows the ET&WNC to see it in person (it might be on the layout tours, as one of the organizers is a pal of mine and already pushing me to offer up the layout for tours and to put on at least one clinic)...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Asheville Train show and 41st NNGC

Steve Austin <sea110947@...>
 

This weekend. Friday 12-7, Saturday 9-5. Fletcher, across the highway from the Asheville airport.

Come see the Country RRoads Modular layout.

Steve Austin


On Wed, Feb 26, 2020, 7:49 PM Chris Ford <chris@...> wrote:
When is the Asheville Train Show Johnny?

 
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Chris Ford
President - ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society
www.etwncrrhs.org
chris@...
901-497-0809
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www.cfordart.com

On Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:40:03 -0800, "johnny graybeal" <johnnyg@...> wrote:
 
My apologies for any cross posts.
Hello everyone,
I will be set up at the Asheville Train Show Friday and Saturday, to promote the ET&WNC RR and to promote the Hickory National Narrow Gauge Convention, coming in less than a year and a half to Hickory NC. I welcome anyone in this group to come by and talk to me about the convention and what you can do to participate. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next year.
Johnny Graybeal
41st NNGC Committee Chairman 


Re: Asheville Train show and 41st NNGC

Chris Ford
 

When is the Asheville Train Show Johnny?

 
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Chris Ford
President - ET&WNC Railroad Historical Society
www.etwncrrhs.org
chris@...
901-497-0809
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www.cfordart.com

On Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:40:03 -0800, "johnny graybeal" <johnnyg@...> wrote:
 
My apologies for any cross posts.
Hello everyone,
I will be set up at the Asheville Train Show Friday and Saturday, to promote the ET&WNC RR and to promote the Hickory National Narrow Gauge Convention, coming in less than a year and a half to Hickory NC. I welcome anyone in this group to come by and talk to me about the convention and what you can do to participate. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next year.
Johnny Graybeal
41st NNGC Committee Chairman 


Asheville Train show and 41st NNGC

johnny graybeal
 

My apologies for any cross posts.
Hello everyone,
I will be set up at the Asheville Train Show Friday and Saturday, to promote the ET&WNC RR and to promote the Hickory National Narrow Gauge Convention, coming in less than a year and a half to Hickory NC. I welcome anyone in this group to come by and talk to me about the convention and what you can do to participate. I look forward to meeting many of you over the next year.
Johnny Graybeal
41st NNGC Committee Chairman 


Growing a Forest at Linville North Carolina on the ET&WNC RR

Tom Grabenstein
 

  • Helga and Heidi from Germany are moving to Linville North Carolina. Being rather affluent, they have their brand-new T-Model in tow behind the ET&WNC RR passenger train.



    Conductor Cy Crumley knows just the place outside of Linville to let then get a good glimpse of the Blue Ridge Mountains.





    While quite a stunning view, Heidi would rather play in the car.



    These are some of the many trees I've been working on this weekend to give the layout a mountainous look.



    The layout has sure come a long way from the blue foam stage.



    Thanks for looking.

    Doc Tom


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