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Re: Switch Stands and Ballast color

Dean Smith
 

For what it's worth, here is the "recipe" I use on my HOn3 layout for mainline ballast (all are Woodland Scenics ballasts):  1 part fine light gray, 2 parts fine gray, and 2 parts medium gray.  I also plan to use this basic recipe for all of Cranberry as well.   For spurs I add in fine dirt, and the logging spurs are all dirt. I lightly weather everything with an India Ink/alcohol wash. I am considering using cinders at Johnson City and would appreciate feedback on this idea. Overall, I like to keep my colors on the light side, and these ballasts reflect the colors in the Gorge and the tailing piles at Cranberry.   

 


Re: Switch Stands and Ballast color

Chris Ford
 

The ET had ballast?    :)

Kidding, of course. I'd say most of the ballast we've seen on hikes is tailings from the mine...which included a lot of black. But it also seemed to be on the small side compared to ballast we'd see on a "standardl" railroad. Some medium and dark gray mixed in with the black. Think of the rock colors you see over at Cranberry and that's the color of the ballast. I suspect they used that for ballast almost from the get-go once the ROW made it over to Cranberry. After the mine shut down in 1930 they may not have done a lot of ballast work on the RR, but there were plenty of tailings to be had even after the mine was closed for the RR and for the highways.

Don't know anything about brands and types of switch stands, but here's a great photo of one on the cover of a Stemwinder here...

cfordart.com/stemwinders/10-2Stemwinder1997.pdf

This photo was from 1950, so someone much more knowledgeable about such matters may know if they used a different type in the early days. The one in this photo at Elk Park scales out to be right at 6 ft tall. Once again, there may have been other stands that were different....don't know.

Have a good weekend!



Chris

 
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On Fri, 10 Jul 2020 07:49:48 -0700, "Chris Jessee via groups.io" <cj8n@...> wrote:
 
Does anyone know what type & size of switch stands were used on the ET?  
Any suggestions for sources for HO scale switch stands?  I plan on using PECO switches with no motors and just hand flip them as most switches will be accessible. 

What color and coarseness of ballast would be appropriate for the ET? 
Any suggestions of manufacturer that makes a good match?

Thank you, 
Chris Jessee


Re: Oops!

 

Mike,
What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing your experience!
Best,
Lee

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On Friday, July 10, 2020, Mike Hartsook <michaelkeithhar@...> wrote:

GREAT PICTURES, I HUMPED IT WHEN I WAS A KID, ME AND SOME FRIENDS OF MINE WOULD HUMP IT FROM THE MAUPIN ROW COMMUNITY ALL THE WAY TO THE OLD ROCK QUARRY AT MILLIGAN, AND BACK, IT SEEMED TO TAKE FOREVER TO WALK TO THE OLD ROCK QUARRY, AND THIS WAS IN THE SUMMER TIME I KNEW WHEN THE ETWNC TRAIN WOULD USELY RUN, IF I HEARD THE TRAIN COMING I WOULD HIDE BECAUSE MY GREAT UNCLE EARL MCKINNEY WOULD TELL MY MOTHER OR MY GRANDMA I WAS AT THE ROCK QUARRY HE DIDN'T WANT ME TO BE OUT THERE BECAUSE IT WAS DANGEROUS. I WAS 14 YEARS OLD THIS WAS IN THE MIDDLE 1970'S, 

On Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 10:08 PM Tom Grabenstein <tomgmd@...> wrote:
Very nice. The trail is quite inviting. I will have to hoof it some day. Doc Tom

On Jul 4, 2020, at 6:48 PM, John Overman via groups.io <jmoverma@...> wrote:

Sorry for the repeat messages. I am still learning how to send messages in this group. Here are the pictures from today. 
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Re: Oops!

Mike Hartsook <michaelkeithhar@...>
 

GREAT PICTURES, I HUMPED IT WHEN I WAS A KID, ME AND SOME FRIENDS OF MINE WOULD HUMP IT FROM THE MAUPIN ROW COMMUNITY ALL THE WAY TO THE OLD ROCK QUARRY AT MILLIGAN, AND BACK, IT SEEMED TO TAKE FOREVER TO WALK TO THE OLD ROCK QUARRY, AND THIS WAS IN THE SUMMER TIME I KNEW WHEN THE ETWNC TRAIN WOULD USELY RUN, IF I HEARD THE TRAIN COMING I WOULD HIDE BECAUSE MY GREAT UNCLE EARL MCKINNEY WOULD TELL MY MOTHER OR MY GRANDMA I WAS AT THE ROCK QUARRY HE DIDN'T WANT ME TO BE OUT THERE BECAUSE IT WAS DANGEROUS. I WAS 14 YEARS OLD THIS WAS IN THE MIDDLE 1970'S, 


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 10:08 PM Tom Grabenstein <tomgmd@...> wrote:
Very nice. The trail is quite inviting. I will have to hoof it some day. Doc Tom

On Jul 4, 2020, at 6:48 PM, John Overman via groups.io <jmoverma@...> wrote:

Sorry for the repeat messages. I am still learning how to send messages in this group. Here are the pictures from today. 
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Switch Stands and Ballast color

Chris Jessee
 

Does anyone know what type & size of switch stands were used on the ET?  
Any suggestions for sources for HO scale switch stands?  I plan on using PECO switches with no motors and just hand flip them as most switches will be accessible. 

What color and coarseness of ballast would be appropriate for the ET? 
Any suggestions of manufacturer that makes a good match?

Thank you, 
Chris Jessee


HO Scale Fantasy Scenario

John Overman
 

One of the great things about model railroading is the ability to create fictional scenarios. Here we see my ET&WNC 209 parked beside the Roan Mountain depot on my friend Noah's layout. 


Re: The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.

Mike Hartsook <michaelkeithhar@...>
 

LOOKS GREAT FLOWER,BOX LOOKS PRETTY REAL. I BELIEVE YOUR WIFE WAS RIGHT WHEN SHE TOLD YOU THAT YOU CAN'T GROW ROSE'S IN A FLOWER BOX, I'M 58 AND I HAVE NEVER SEEN ROSES IN A FLOWER BOX  BUT ANY HOW THEY LOOK GOOD THE WHOLE MODEL OF THE DEPOT,IS AWESOME. GOOD WORK 


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020, 4:42 PM Tom Grabenstein <tomgmd@...> wrote:


You cannot have a model of the Linville Depot without their signature flower boxes. Here they are in O scale with scale dirt and flowers.


Not sure what flowers these are. JTT models calls them “O scale Roses.” My wife informs me you cannot grow roses in flower boxes. Mr Chris Ford was hoping for pansies……. so maybe. Or perhaps these are carnations?? Anyway they are flowers and are in flower boxes.


I think it was quite classy of the ET& WNC to put flower boxes on their rustic Depot in Linville. These little details did require 13 individual parts, for each box, to construct including their supports.


Thanks for looking. Dr. Tom


Re: More On30 shots

Dean Smith
 

Very nice!
 

Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2020 9:10 AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] More On30 shots
 
Neat!! The #9 rounding the bend at the store is a classic rural East Tennessee shot. Very nice.  Dr Tom
 
On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 5:01 AM William Uffelman via groups.io <ufffam=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Nice work. Thanks for sharing.
 
Bill Uffelman


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 5:10 AM, Mike Hartsook
LIKE THE PICTURES LEE, MY GREAT UNCLE ON MY MOTHER'S SIDE OF THE FAMILY WAS EARL MCKINNEY HE WAS A ENGINEER ON THE ETWNC TRAINS. THANKS FOR THE EMAIL, MIKE
 
On Fri, Jul 3, 2020, 11:54 PM Lee Bishop <leebishop1944@...> wrote:
I was playing around with my SLR and got a couple of halfway decent shots on my layout, of #9 and #`12 pulling coal trains around various spots on the layout. The on at Sadie TN, with the Grindstaff store in the background, looks like the most evocative 'Tweetsie' shot of the two...

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


Re: The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.

Dean Smith
 

Looking great! Too bad I can’t throw it in the drier and shrink it to HO scale.
Dean
 

From: Lee Bishop
Sent: Saturday, July 04, 2020 9:10 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.
 
Wow, this just get a better and better!
Great work, no question.
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: New Restaurant in Boone with ETWNC theme

John Overman
 

Lee, 

I live in Central NC. This week my schedule is already full so I won't be able to make it. 

Best, 

John 

On Sun, Jul 5, 2020, 8:19 PM Lee Davis via groups.io <davisbmw1=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
John,
They're closed on Mondays and have been extra busy over the 4th.
I'm getting some guys together to go by next week.
You're welcome to join us.
Where do you live?
Best,
Lee


Re: New Restaurant in Boone with ETWNC theme

 

John,
They're closed on Mondays and have been extra busy over the 4th.
I'm getting some guys together to go by next week.
You're welcome to join us.
Where do you live?
Best,
Lee


Re: Independence Day 2020 in Johnson City, TN

John Edwards
 

Happy Independence Day

On 7/4/2020 7:45 PM, John Overman via groups.io wrote:
I would like to wish a Happy Independence Day to everyone in this group! This evening I got pictures of the Legion Street Shops and the entrance to the Tweetsie Trail. 

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Re: The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.

Lee Bishop
 

Wow, this just get a better and better!
Great work, no question.
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Oops!

Tom Grabenstein
 

Very nice. The trail is quite inviting. I will have to hoof it some day. Doc Tom

On Jul 4, 2020, at 6:48 PM, John Overman via groups.io <jmoverma@...> wrote:

Sorry for the repeat messages. I am still learning how to send messages in this group. Here are the pictures from today. 
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Oops!

John Overman
 

Sorry for the repeat messages. I am still learning how to send messages in this group. Here are the pictures from today. 


Independence Day 2020 in Johnson City, TN

John Overman
 

I would like to wish a Happy Independence Day to everyone in this group! This evening I got pictures of the Legion Street Shops and the entrance to the Tweetsie Trail. 


Independence Day 2020 in Johnson City.

John Overman
 

I would like to wish everyone in this group a Happy Independence Day! This evening I got some pictures of the Legion Street Shop and the entrance to the Tweetsie Trail. 


Re: The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.

William Uffelman
 

Excellent!

Bill Uffelman


On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 4:42 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:


You cannot have a model of the Linville Depot without their signature flower boxes. Here they are in O scale with scale dirt and flowers.


Not sure what flowers these are. JTT models calls them “O scale Roses.” My wife informs me you cannot grow roses in flower boxes. Mr Chris Ford was hoping for pansies……. so maybe. Or perhaps these are carnations?? Anyway they are flowers and are in flower boxes.


I think it was quite classy of the ET& WNC to put flower boxes on their rustic Depot in Linville. These little details did require 13 individual parts, for each box, to construct including their supports.


Thanks for looking. Dr. Tom


Re: The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.

Steve Austin <sea110947@...>
 

Better listen to Mrs.Dr. Grabenstein!

Steve Austin in Talking Rock, GA, 
formerly of Johnson City, TN

Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.


-------- Original message --------
From: Tom Grabenstein <tomgmd@...>
Date: 7/4/20 4:42 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: ETWNC@groups.io
Subject: [ETWNC] The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.



You cannot have a model of the Linville Depot without their signature flower boxes. Here they are in O scale with scale dirt and flowers.


Not sure what flowers these are. JTT models calls them “O scale Roses.” My wife informs me you cannot grow roses in flower boxes. Mr Chris Ford was hoping for pansies……. so maybe. Or perhaps these are carnations?? Anyway they are flowers and are in flower boxes.


I think it was quite classy of the ET& WNC to put flower boxes on their rustic Depot in Linville. These little details did require 13 individual parts, for each box, to construct including their supports.


Thanks for looking. Dr. Tom


The signature flower boxes at The Linville Depot.

Tom Grabenstein
 



You cannot have a model of the Linville Depot without their signature flower boxes. Here they are in O scale with scale dirt and flowers.


Not sure what flowers these are. JTT models calls them “O scale Roses.” My wife informs me you cannot grow roses in flower boxes. Mr Chris Ford was hoping for pansies……. so maybe. Or perhaps these are carnations?? Anyway they are flowers and are in flower boxes.


I think it was quite classy of the ET& WNC to put flower boxes on their rustic Depot in Linville. These little details did require 13 individual parts, for each box, to construct including their supports.


Thanks for looking. Dr. Tom