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Based on a true story . . .

Dean Smith
 

Hi, again.  I've had some interesting conversations recently about staying true to our prototype's history and using modeler's license while we create our own miniature worlds. I've decided to jot down a few thoughts about this dichotomy, which I'm sharing here.  And please don't worry, no feathers were ruffled during these conversations!

 

I have always been a huge fan on Buddy Holly, even though I was only one week old when he was tragically killed in a plane crash in Iowa. So, when I saw that “The Buddy Holly Story,” the 1978 biopic starring Gary Busey, was on TV a few weeks ago, I sat down and rewatched it.  It’s overall a pretty good movie, but it caused a bit of a stir among Holly’s family, friends, and fans because of its many inaccuracies. The 2017 documentary, “Rave On,” is excellent and gives a much more accurate portrayal of his life and times, and I strongly recommend it to all of the “That’ll Be the Day” fans everywhere.

            What, you may rightfully ask, does this have to do with our favorite railroad? I will never forget the excitement of the first few conventions, as we held seemingly endless discussions and uncovered so many facts about the railroad. I proudly displayed photos of my new covered deck bridge which was, of course, painted barn red based on the painting in Mallory Hope Ferrell’s book, Tweetsie Country. I soon learned that the bridge was never any color that good old, Tweetsie Green.  What color were the engines painted?  What was the coupler height? I was fortunate to have met several of the old-timers, including Tighteye Simerly, and will never forget sitting with John Waite and helping him interview Preacher Brown.  Reading Ken Riddle’s articles about the men that he knew and loved so well makes me feel that I almost knew them as well. We fans and modelers of the ET are now so blessed with the plethora of wonderful information that has been, and continues to be, discovered and published.  Dr. Tom has been posting wonderful side-by-side photos of his fine modeling alongside the prototype photos that inspired him. I also love this challenge and will continue to also post similar photos.

            This being said, you may have noticed that I never discuss my model railroad without including its entire name, the ET&WNC-Vida Division.  My layout is based on the ET, but it is more of a movie than a documentary.  There are many differences between the prototype and the Vida Division that exist for a variety reasons: some operational, some personal, and some aesthetic.  While I try to accurately model railroad cars, structures, and scenic areas, there are times when I consciously veer from historical accuracy, if I feel that these changes will benefit the “reality” of the railroad in the basement.  When decisions are made between historical accuracy and modeler’s license, these decisions are not made lightly and, hopefully, end up serving as complementary parts of the whole picture.

            I love learning about the history of our special mountain short-line railroad as much as I love modeling it, and I again applaud everyone who works so hard to increase our knowledge of its history and keeps its traditions alive, both with the written word and in models.  I’m reminded of perhaps my favorite quote about the ET, when an elderly local woman was asked why the railroad was so beloved by the mountain people that it served.  She thought a bit, and reportedly replied, “Well, it’s the onliest railroad around.”  There are many of us who may be fond of other railroads, but the ET&WNC is the “onliest” one in our hearts.  I want to thank all of you for bringing me so much joy over the years.


Upcoming virtual narrow gauge convention

Dean Smith
 

Hi. I would like to let everyone know that the St. Louis Narrow Gauge Convention, which was unfortunately cancelled, will be going virtual. There will be a total of nine clinics and six layout tours spread over three Saturdays: August 22, August 29, and September 5. The clinics and tours will be on Zoom, free, and available to everyone. Sandy said I must be the lead-off hitter, because my clinic on the operation of my ET&WNC-Vida Division Railroad is the first one. I will be presenting on August 22nd at 10:00 am Central Time. Information and future sign-in procedures are available on the St. Louis Narrow Gauge Convention site: https://40nngc.com .  There may be some minor changes in the schedule, but that will also be announced. I was disappointed when the convention was cancelled and am looking forward to presenting my clinic virtually. Feel free to tune in.  Thanks!
Dean


Re: Another replication of a prototype scene on the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Thank you all for the kind words.

Lee, I had to use that angle as the layout is only 18” deep at that spot. If I had used the original photo’s angle on the depot a large white door to the train room would loom over the water tank.Call it “modeler’s license” or fudging to get the shot.We always need more room on our layouts………..don’t we? :)

Doc Tom

On Aug 9, 2020, at 7:30 AM, Tweetsie12 <jonahsnyder12190@...> wrote:

On Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 08:21 PM, Tom Grabenstein wrote:
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Absolutely Beautiful Tom! Keep up the good work!


Re: Another replication of a prototype scene on the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.

Tweetsie12
 

On Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 08:21 PM, Tom Grabenstein wrote:
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Absolutely Beautiful Tom! Keep up the good work!


Re: Another replication of a prototype scene on the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.

William Uffelman
 

Looks very good Dr Tom.

Bill Uffelman 


On Sat, Aug 8, 2020 at 11:21 PM, Tom Grabenstein
<tomgmd@...> wrote:
I found another prototype picture of the East end of the Linville Depot on the ET & WNC that I really liked.

I thought I would try to recreate the scene with the models in this Black and White photo.


Let me know your thoughts/critiques etc.

Dr Tom 


Re: Another replication of a prototype scene on the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.

Lee Bishop
 

You freaking crushed it.
Other than not matching the angle of original photo, which is a small thing, its perfect. 
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Another replication of a prototype scene on the Blue Ridge Stemwinder.

Tom Grabenstein
 

I found another prototype picture of the East end of the Linville Depot on the ET & WNC that I really liked.

I thought I would try to recreate the scene with the models in this Black and White photo.


Let me know your thoughts/critiques etc.

Dr Tom 


Re: Retaining wall in the Gorge

Lee Bishop
 

Excellent work, Dean!
Can't wait to see it with water and trees in place.

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


Re: Retaining wall in the Gorge

Brian Kopp
 

Wow Dean you really capture the sense of the work that would of gone into building that section of track in the real world.
My reaction was "How did THEY do that!" 
--
Brian Kopp
Jacksonville, Florida


Re: Retaining wall in the Gorge

Tom Grabenstein
 

This is beautiful! Very good workmanship. Thank you for sharing. Dr Tom


On Aug 7, 2020, at 11:24 AM, William Uffelman via groups.io <ufffam@...> wrote:

Excellent!

Bill Uffelman 


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 12:20 PM, Dean Smith
<smithfive@...> wrote:
It's been awhile in the making, but the retaining wall in the Gorge is just about finished.


Re: Retaining wall in the Gorge

William Uffelman
 

Excellent!

Bill Uffelman 


On Fri, Aug 7, 2020 at 12:20 PM, Dean Smith
<smithfive@...> wrote:
It's been awhile in the making, but the retaining wall in the Gorge is just about finished.


Retaining wall in the Gorge

Dean Smith
 

It's been awhile in the making, but the retaining wall in the Gorge is just about finished.


Re: O scale details for ET&WNC 209/210?

Tweetsie12
 

I've considered making an O Gauge 209/210 using a Lionel RS-3, as well as 207/208 with an MTH "Railking" 2-8-0, so this information really WOULD be helpful!


O scale details for ET&WNC 209/210?

Lee Bishop
 

O scale details for ET&WNC 209/210?
Hello all,
In my teens, I took an Atlas HO scale RS-3 and painted it as ET&WNC 210. I used an article I found on making a Southern RS3 out of the thing, and of course they made the SRR style bell/bracket and the marker lights in HO.
I sold the thing when I got out of HO many years ago and I have to admit, I wonder if it’s still marked up like that on someone’s layout…
Anyway, I’ve toyed around for a while with the idea of making an O scale version, even though I only model narrow gauge. Just something to run somewhere if I ever get the chance, probably in 3-rail but one of the more accurate models around.
I remember how I did the decals (using the SRR diesel set that has the Savanna & Atlanta road name, you can build ET&WNC out of that in the correct SRR typeface, Microscale made that set in o scale, too), but I have no idea if anyone makes a SSR-style bell/bracket as well as the correct marker lights in O scale.
Does anyone know?
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Reminder about signs

Chris Jessee
 

Unfortunately I won't be making any more of the weathered versions as I've retired the printer I used to make these. 

Chris Jessee


Re: Reminder about signs

 

Mine came Friday, looks great, pictures don't do it justice.
It's going to be added to the ETWNC memorabilia at Howard Station Restaurant.
Thanks for making these available,
Lee


Re: More Linville action "back in the day."

Tom Grabenstein
 

Thanks Todd. Glad you enjoyed the little people. Dr Tom

On Aug 2, 2020, at 9:18 AM, Thunder via groups.io <t_pearson1212@...> wrote:

I love how it turned out. I love it when we get a “ spark of life” by seeing the people modeled as well. 

Good job!

Todd 



Re: Reminder about signs

Chris Ford
 

These do look good, especially the Transportation truck sign. Color is nice and a good size too for a layout room or office, about 23" wide.

The one I have is the "weathered" version....will those be available again?




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 Sun, 02 Aug 2020 06:18:27 -0700, "Chris Jessee via groups.io" <cj8n@...> wrote:
 
Just a quick reminder that a few signs and builder plates are still available. 

The signs are the ET&WNC trucking company, printed on birch plywood. 
The builder plates are engraved birch plywood. 
The Number plates are either printed or engraved birch plywood. 

Very limited quantities available, order soon as supplies won't last. 

Order here: https://cbsafari.com/search?q=et
FREE Shipping on all orders. 

So as not to spam the list I won't post about this again. 

 

 


Re: More Linville action "back in the day."

 

I love how it turned out. I love it when we get a “ spark of life” by seeing the people modeled as well. 

Good job!

Todd 


Reminder about signs

Chris Jessee
 

Just a quick reminder that a few signs and builder plates are still available. 

The signs are the ET&WNC trucking company, printed on birch plywood. 
The builder plates are engraved birch plywood. 
The Number plates are either printed or engraved birch plywood. 

Very limited quantities available, order soon as supplies won't last. 

Order here: https://cbsafari.com/search?q=et
FREE Shipping on all orders. 

So as not to spam the list I won't post about this again.