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North Carolina Artisans at work on the Linville depot.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Cy Crumley is thanking the North Carolina artisans who worked in the hot sun to put up chestnut bark siding on the Linville depot.








A little more work on the Linville LDE on my On30 layout.

The chestnut bark siding is made from doll house cedar shingles stained, cut to size and individually placed. The artisans should be tired with this labor of love.

Thanks for looking. Doc Tom


Newbie to modeling needs help

Jim King
 

Lee Davis has asked me to contact other narrow gauge modelers in the area of Boone, NC.  He’s new to the hobby and needs some guidance re: modeling 1:20.3 ET.  If y’all can help him directly and/or point him to modelers in the WNC or eastern TN area, please contact Lee at davisbmw1@....

 

Thank you.

 

Jim King

http://smokymountainmodelworks.com/

 


Re: 1939 Carter County bus project In O scale

Mark Lewis
 

Lee,

Nice screen shots of the video. They will be very helpful in your Bus build.

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 4:59 PM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:

These are the screen shots I'm using...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: 1939 Carter County bus project In O scale

Lee Bishop
 


These are the screen shots I'm using...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: 1939 Carter County bus project In O scale

Tom Grabenstein
 

I remember that was a neat movie. Looks like you have a neat project underway also. Looking forward to updates. Dr Tom


On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 12:27 PM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:

Here we go, my newest project.
Most of you remember that uploaded color movie film from Hampton, Tennessee during what it labelled as taken during the fall of 1940. Sadly, I looked up the Vimeo video and can’t find it there now and I think it's gone.
I’m glad I screen saved a few shots from it. In this film, they showed a few Carter County school busses heading back to Elizabethton from a football game. They were 1939 Dodge truck fronts with what have to be custom bus bodies.
Sadly, nobody makes a ’39 Dodge truck in O scale, so I had to find something that could be used as a representation. My scratch-building skills to create the bus body (with all its compound curves) are nowhere up to the task. So, I had to compromise there, too. I’m going to use a Russian GAZ bus body, grafted onto the front of another maker’s truck front end.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50019337533_ffcab2b423_z.jpg

I’m going to grind off the nose of the truck from the firewall, do the same to the bus body and graft them together.
After that, I’ll shorten the truck frame to match the wheelbase for the finished body and mount it onto the shortened truck frame. It’ll then be painted in yellow, and I’ll make my own decals as I have a typeface very close to the original busses already prepared for the decals.
The irony here is that I model the summer of 1943, so a school bus doing anything doesn’t make a great deal of sense, though I assume they did get used in the summer for moving people around as needed?

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


1939 Carter County bus project In O scale

Lee Bishop
 

Here we go, my newest project.
Most of you remember that uploaded color movie film from Hampton, Tennessee during what it labelled as taken during the fall of 1940. Sadly, I looked up the Vimeo video and can’t find it there now and I think it's gone.
I’m glad I screen saved a few shots from it. In this film, they showed a few Carter County school busses heading back to Elizabethton from a football game. They were 1939 Dodge truck fronts with what have to be custom bus bodies.
Sadly, nobody makes a ’39 Dodge truck in O scale, so I had to find something that could be used as a representation. My scratch-building skills to create the bus body (with all its compound curves) are nowhere up to the task. So, I had to compromise there, too. I’m going to use a Russian GAZ bus body, grafted onto the front of another maker’s truck front end.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50019337533_ffcab2b423_z.jpg

I’m going to grind off the nose of the truck from the firewall, do the same to the bus body and graft them together.
After that, I’ll shorten the truck frame to match the wheelbase for the finished body and mount it onto the shortened truck frame. It’ll then be painted in yellow, and I’ll make my own decals as I have a typeface very close to the original busses already prepared for the decals.
The irony here is that I model the summer of 1943, so a school bus doing anything doesn’t make a great deal of sense, though I assume they did get used in the summer for moving people around as needed?

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


Re: On30 goodies for sale

Jim King
 

Laser hopper kit still available; everything else sold and shipped.

 

Jim King

http://smokymountainmodelworks.com/

 


On30 goodies for sale

Jim King
 

(2) brand new, never run, never out of the box, Bachmann On30 4-6-0s, DCC ready, steel cab, black, unlettered.  $95 each + postage.

(1) "On30kits.com" wood hopper, laser kit, new, complete, paper bag opened to inspect parts.  $28 + postage.

(4) Bachmann #29901 arch bar trucks.  3 are in unopened blister packs, 1 was opened and taped closed when I received it (no parts missing).  $10 each + postage.

Contact me off-list, please.
--
Jim King
http://smokymountainmodelworks.com


Re: Stoney Creek branch, ET&WNC layout video update

Tom Grabenstein
 

Wonderful video. Enjoyed the update. Dr Tom


On Mon, Jun 15, 2020 at 11:32 AM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:

I shot this video late last night, on my third attempt, just to show what I’d been up to and for those who have just seen the layout through still photos. It was all in one take, so when my phone booted me off near (but not at) very end of it, I didn't bother shooting it yet again: https://youtu.be/CRj4z_RbD3U


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


Stoney Creek branch, ET&WNC layout video update

Lee Bishop
 

I shot this video late last night, on my third attempt, just to show what I’d been up to and for those who have just seen the layout through still photos. It was all in one take, so when my phone booted me off near (but not at) very end of it, I didn't bother shooting it yet again: https://youtu.be/CRj4z_RbD3U


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


Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling

William Uffelman
 

Good choice!

Bill Uffelman

On Friday, June 12, 2020, 11:59:40 AM EDT, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


I know.  I had to decide early on if I wanted to modify a fleet of narrow gauge locomotives and cars to SG standards, or one SG locomotive and a dozen or so cars to narrow gauge standards.  It wasn’t a hard decision!
 
Dean
 
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
 
That's cool. Irony is that ETWNC mounted their NG couplers at SG height as I recall. Either way NG RULES!
 
Bill Uffelman
 
On Friday, June 12, 2020, 09:52:37 AM EDT, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
 
Yes. I use Kadee #714 couplers on all of my standard gauge cars and mount them at narrow gauge height.  Fortunately, there is no need for swivel couplers on the locomotives like the ones on the prototype. While it is physically possible to do so, I don’t allow pulling standard gauge cars with narrow gauge cars or vice versa, since the couplers wouldn’t really line up. A locomotive is required.  However, I do allow pushing cars since they could be poled, although the practice is discouraged.  One of the Johnson City Yard Master’s morning responsibilities it to gather all SG cars in the yard and block them onto a siding.  Usually in the early afternoon, a Southern Railway local freight arrives, drops off one cut of cars and picks up the other.  The Yard Master then switches the new cars to the appropriate sidings based on a switch list. All this in addition to the narrow gauge switching. I’m able to keep two operators busy at Johnson City throughout a session.
 
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 7:18 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
 
Looks good. Is your layout set up that a NG loco can tack cars onto a SG train?
 
Bill Uffelman


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
A nice looking addition to the action in Johnson City Tennessee. Thanks for sharing. Dr Tom

On Jun 11, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City. <16. Switching caboose.jpg>
 


Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling

Dean Smith
 

I know.  I had to decide early on if I wanted to modify a fleet of narrow gauge locomotives and cars to SG standards, or one SG locomotive and a dozen or so cars to narrow gauge standards.  It wasn’t a hard decision!
 
Dean
 

Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 9:34 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
 
That's cool. Irony is that ETWNC mounted their NG couplers at SG height as I recall. Either way NG RULES!
 
Bill Uffelman
 
On Friday, June 12, 2020, 09:52:37 AM EDT, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
 
Yes. I use Kadee #714 couplers on all of my standard gauge cars and mount them at narrow gauge height.  Fortunately, there is no need for swivel couplers on the locomotives like the ones on the prototype. While it is physically possible to do so, I don’t allow pulling standard gauge cars with narrow gauge cars or vice versa, since the couplers wouldn’t really line up. A locomotive is required.  However, I do allow pushing cars since they could be poled, although the practice is discouraged.  One of the Johnson City Yard Master’s morning responsibilities it to gather all SG cars in the yard and block them onto a siding.  Usually in the early afternoon, a Southern Railway local freight arrives, drops off one cut of cars and picks up the other.  The Yard Master then switches the new cars to the appropriate sidings based on a switch list. All this in addition to the narrow gauge switching. I’m able to keep two operators busy at Johnson City throughout a session.
 
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 7:18 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
 
Looks good. Is your layout set up that a NG loco can tack cars onto a SG train?
 
Bill Uffelman


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
A nice looking addition to the action in Johnson City Tennessee. Thanks for sharing. Dr Tom

On Jun 11, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City. <16. Switching caboose.jpg>
 


Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling

William Uffelman
 

That's cool. Irony is that ETWNC mounted their NG couplers at SG height as I recall. Either way NG RULES!

Bill Uffelman

On Friday, June 12, 2020, 09:52:37 AM EDT, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


Yes. I use Kadee #714 couplers on all of my standard gauge cars and mount them at narrow gauge height.  Fortunately, there is no need for swivel couplers on the locomotives like the ones on the prototype. While it is physically possible to do so, I don’t allow pulling standard gauge cars with narrow gauge cars or vice versa, since the couplers wouldn’t really line up. A locomotive is required.  However, I do allow pushing cars since they could be poled, although the practice is discouraged.  One of the Johnson City Yard Master’s morning responsibilities it to gather all SG cars in the yard and block them onto a siding.  Usually in the early afternoon, a Southern Railway local freight arrives, drops off one cut of cars and picks up the other.  The Yard Master then switches the new cars to the appropriate sidings based on a switch list. All this in addition to the narrow gauge switching. I’m able to keep two operators busy at Johnson City throughout a session.
 
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 7:18 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
 
Looks good. Is your layout set up that a NG loco can tack cars onto a SG train?
 
Bill Uffelman


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
A nice looking addition to the action in Johnson City Tennessee. Thanks for sharing. Dr Tom

On Jun 11, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City. <16. Switching caboose.jpg>
 


Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling

Dean Smith
 

Yes. I use Kadee #714 couplers on all of my standard gauge cars and mount them at narrow gauge height.  Fortunately, there is no need for swivel couplers on the locomotives like the ones on the prototype. While it is physically possible to do so, I don’t allow pulling standard gauge cars with narrow gauge cars or vice versa, since the couplers wouldn’t really line up. A locomotive is required.  However, I do allow pushing cars since they could be poled, although the practice is discouraged.  One of the Johnson City Yard Master’s morning responsibilities it to gather all SG cars in the yard and block them onto a siding.  Usually in the early afternoon, a Southern Railway local freight arrives, drops off one cut of cars and picks up the other.  The Yard Master then switches the new cars to the appropriate sidings based on a switch list. All this in addition to the narrow gauge switching. I’m able to keep two operators busy at Johnson City throughout a session.
 

Sent: Friday, June 12, 2020 7:18 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] "Broad Gauge" modeling
 
Looks good. Is your layout set up that a NG loco can tack cars onto a SG train?
 
Bill Uffelman


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
A nice looking addition to the action in Johnson City Tennessee. Thanks for sharing. Dr Tom

On Jun 11, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
 
I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City. <16. Switching caboose.jpg>
 


Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling

William Uffelman
 

Looks good. Is your layout set up that a NG loco can tack cars onto a SG train?

Bill Uffelman


On Fri, Jun 12, 2020 at 7:25 AM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
A nice looking addition to the action in Johnson City Tennessee. Thanks for sharing. Dr Tom

On Jun 11, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City. <16. Switching caboose.jpg>


Re: "Broad Gauge" modeling

Tom Grabenstein
 

A nice looking addition to the action in Johnson City Tennessee. Thanks for sharing. Dr Tom

On Jun 11, 2020, at 11:19 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City. <16. Switching caboose.jpg>


"Broad Gauge" modeling

Dean Smith
 

I've been dabbling in a bit of "broad gauge" modeling recently by building a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit of a Southern Railway caboose. Engine 5 prepares to add Caboose X2714 to the east end of the standard gauge westbound local on June 11, 1925. I still have several more standard gauge cars to add to my fleet, but having the caboose done is a big step. Dual gauge operation adds a whole new dimension to the action at Johnson City.


Re: Working on scenery

Tom Grabenstein
 

Love the coloring and the rock work. Thanks for posting. Doc Tom

On Jun 9, 2020, at 12:59 PM, Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...> wrote:

Dean,

You're rock work is outstanding!

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Working on scenery

Mark Lewis
 

Dean,

You're rock work is outstanding!

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Working on scenery

William Uffelman
 

Excellent!

Bill Uffelman 


On Tue, Jun 9, 2020 at 9:54 AM, Dean Smith
<smithfive@...> wrote:
After completing the turntable, I've decided to change things up a bit and work on some scenery. Engine 6 is hauling a freight train through Tunnel Two, headed for the covered thru-truss bridge into Hampton.

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