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Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Lee Bishop
 

Leaping lizards, those are all original tickets in there, too?
Man, what I'd give for one of those sycamore shoals ones...
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

Mike,
    Thanks for sharing these. It really brings the story Jim told to life.
 
Dean
 

Sent: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 6:25 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 

Here is the ticket cabinet that came from the Elizabethton depot. It is a roll top locking cabinet with tickets from Elizabethton to other stops on the line. It is sitting on the table from the same depot with the cash/coin drawer. I have included a photo of a ticket with the clay marble. The marble is about 1” in diameter. They are all colored differently. The marble was placed behind the tickets to keep them in place.
 
Also notice the ticket cutter. The larger tickets were placed in the cutter and the pointer was moved to the destination station and then ripped. Leaving only a piece for the customer showing the station he had paid to be dropped off at.
Mike

On Aug 24, 2020, at 7:33 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


Mike,
    Thanks for the information. I don’t suppose you could post a photo of the ticket cabinet. I’d love to see it. Thanks!
 
Dean
 
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Dean,
I own the ticket cabinet from the ET&WNC depot in Elizabethton with the tickets to each point on the line. Each row of tickets has a large clay marble that holds them down, not a ball bearing. I have a Clinchfield ticket cabinet too and it has the clay marbles. So your scene (which is very cool) is probably accurate without steel ball bearings.
Mike

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:25 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

Outside the Hampton Depot, Jimmy Hobbs and his buddies risk getting in trouble for playing marbles with the ball bearings the railroad uses to weigh down the tickets in the ticket cabinet, as per a story Jim told at an ET&WNC Historical Society convention many years ago. If his dad, Clarence Hobbs, the railroad's superintendent, catches them, there will be H-E-Double Hockey Sticks to pay.
<Jimmy Hobbs playing marbles.jpg>


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Michael Hardin
 


Here is the ticket cabinet that came from the Elizabethton depot. It is a roll top locking cabinet with tickets from Elizabethton to other stops on the line. It is sitting on the table from the same depot with the cash/coin drawer. I have included a photo of a ticket with the clay marble. The marble is about 1” in diameter. They are all colored differently. The marble was placed behind the tickets to keep them in place. 

Also notice the ticket cutter. The larger tickets were placed in the cutter and the pointer was moved to the destination station and then ripped. Leaving only a piece for the customer showing the station he had paid to be dropped off at. 
Mike

On Aug 24, 2020, at 7:33 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


Mike,
    Thanks for the information. I don’t suppose you could post a photo of the ticket cabinet. I’d love to see it. Thanks!
 
Dean
 
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Dean,
I own the ticket cabinet from the ET&WNC depot in Elizabethton with the tickets to each point on the line. Each row of tickets has a large clay marble that holds them down, not a ball bearing. I have a Clinchfield ticket cabinet too and it has the clay marbles. So your scene (which is very cool) is probably accurate without steel ball bearings.
Mike

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:25 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

Outside the Hampton Depot, Jimmy Hobbs and his buddies risk getting in trouble for playing marbles with the ball bearings the railroad uses to weigh down the tickets in the ticket cabinet, as per a story Jim told at an ET&WNC Historical Society convention many years ago. If his dad, Clarence Hobbs, the railroad's superintendent, catches them, there will be H-E-Double Hockey Sticks to pay.
<Jimmy Hobbs playing marbles.jpg>


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Tom Grabenstein
 

Very cool and creative modeling. And no you have not lost your marbles in working in a small scale with older eyes. Doc Tom


On Mon, Aug 24, 2020 at 8:07 PM Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:
I first tried to use HO scale apples painted gray.  They ended up looking like, well, gray apples and were way too big. I then tried using Woodland Scenics white flower material. After scratching out the marble circle, I wetted the area with scenic cement and sprinkled on individual flakes of flowers.  I shaped them to be as round as possible.  When everything dried, I scrubbed the area around the marbles with a bit of fine dirt so it matched the rest of the ground.  To highlight the area, I made that area of the parking area a shade lighter than the rest of it. The marbles are not perfect, but I think they look pretty good, especially in person. There are some advantages to aging eyes. At the same convention that Jim Hobbs told me about playing marbles, he also recommended switching from HO scale to G scale.  He told me that by the time I was his age at the time, I wouldn’t be able to see the HO models anyway.  A true gentleman!
 
Dean  
 
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Great scene with HO marbles (Ball Bearings???) at that!!! I have no idea how you made those little things.  Doc Tom

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:16 PM, Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...> wrote:
 
Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.
 


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

I first tried to use HO scale apples painted gray.  They ended up looking like, well, gray apples and were way too big. I then tried using Woodland Scenics white flower material. After scratching out the marble circle, I wetted the area with scenic cement and sprinkled on individual flakes of flowers.  I shaped them to be as round as possible.  When everything dried, I scrubbed the area around the marbles with a bit of fine dirt so it matched the rest of the ground.  To highlight the area, I made that area of the parking area a shade lighter than the rest of it. The marbles are not perfect, but I think they look pretty good, especially in person. There are some advantages to aging eyes. At the same convention that Jim Hobbs told me about playing marbles, he also recommended switching from HO scale to G scale.  He told me that by the time I was his age at the time, I wouldn’t be able to see the HO models anyway.  A true gentleman!
 
Dean  
 

Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 7:33 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Great scene with HO marbles (Ball Bearings???) at that!!! I have no idea how you made those little things.  Doc Tom

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:16 PM, Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...> wrote:
 
Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.
 


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Tom Grabenstein
 

Great scene with HO marbles (Ball Bearings???) at that!!! I have no idea how you made those little things.  Doc Tom

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:16 PM, Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...> wrote:

Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

Thanks!  I pretty much avoided scenery for many years, and I’m really enjoying delving into it.
 
Dean
 

From: Tweetsie12
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:39 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
A really cute scene! Keep up the good work Dean!


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

Mike,
    Thanks for the information. I don’t suppose you could post a photo of the ticket cabinet. I’d love to see it. Thanks!
 
Dean
 

Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:38 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Dean,
I own the ticket cabinet from the ET&WNC depot in Elizabethton with the tickets to each point on the line. Each row of tickets has a large clay marble that holds them down, not a ball bearing. I have a Clinchfield ticket cabinet too and it has the clay marbles. So your scene (which is very cool) is probably accurate without steel ball bearings.
Mike

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:25 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

Outside the Hampton Depot, Jimmy Hobbs and his buddies risk getting in trouble for playing marbles with the ball bearings the railroad uses to weigh down the tickets in the ticket cabinet, as per a story Jim told at an ET&WNC Historical Society convention many years ago. If his dad, Clarence Hobbs, the railroad's superintendent, catches them, there will be H-E-Double Hockey Sticks to pay.
<Jimmy Hobbs playing marbles.jpg>


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

Steve,
    Thanks! Yes, John had a great layout. He is greatly missed by so many of us.
 
Dean
 

Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:28 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Me too! Re: the on line clinic.
 
Visited John Waite's layout twice during NNGCs.
 
 
 
Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.
 
 
-------- Original message --------
From: Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...>
Date: 8/24/20 5:16 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: ETWNC@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

Mark,
    Thanks!
 
Dean
 

From: Mark Lewis
Sent: Monday, August 24, 2020 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles
 
Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Tweetsie12
 

A really cute scene! Keep up the good work Dean!


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Michael Hardin
 

Dean,
I own the ticket cabinet from the ET&WNC depot in Elizabethton with the tickets to each point on the line. Each row of tickets has a large clay marble that holds them down, not a ball bearing. I have a Clinchfield ticket cabinet too and it has the clay marbles. So your scene (which is very cool) is probably accurate without steel ball bearings.
Mike

On Aug 24, 2020, at 4:25 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:

Outside the Hampton Depot, Jimmy Hobbs and his buddies risk getting in trouble for playing marbles with the ball bearings the railroad uses to weigh down the tickets in the ticket cabinet, as per a story Jim told at an ET&WNC Historical Society convention many years ago. If his dad, Clarence Hobbs, the railroad's superintendent, catches them, there will be H-E-Double Hockey Sticks to pay.
<Jimmy Hobbs playing marbles.jpg>


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Steve Austin <sea110947@...>
 

Me too! Re: the on line clinic. 

Visited John Waite's layout twice during NNGCs.



Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.


-------- Original message --------
From: Mark Lewis <narrowrails12@...>
Date: 8/24/20 5:16 PM (GMT-05:00)
To: ETWNC@groups.io
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Re: Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Mark Lewis
 

Dean,

Great scene....well done!!
(BTW...I really enjoyed your clinic on your outstanding ET&WNC layout, during the 40th NNGC ZOOM meeting last Saturday.)

Mark Lewis
Narrow gauge modeling in N.C.


Jimmy Hobbs plays marbles

Dean Smith
 

Outside the Hampton Depot, Jimmy Hobbs and his buddies risk getting in trouble for playing marbles with the ball bearings the railroad uses to weigh down the tickets in the ticket cabinet, as per a story Jim told at an ET&WNC Historical Society convention many years ago. If his dad, Clarence Hobbs, the railroad's superintendent, catches them, there will be H-E-Double Hockey Sticks to pay.


Re: Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Dan Stenger
 

They will be posting recordings of the clinics on https://40nngc.com/.

Dan

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From: "Lee Bishop"
To: ETWNC@groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Sunday August 23 2020 2:02:33AM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Sadly, my wife had other plans for me when Dean's presentation was going on.
I'd love to see what I missed!
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Lee Bishop
 

Sadly, my wife had other plans for me when Dean's presentation was going on.
I'd love to see what I missed!
--
Lee Bishop
Owner, Stoney Creek branch of the ET&WNC in On30 gauge


Re: Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Dan Stenger
 

Yes, he certainly did!!!

The recordings will be posted on http://40nngc.com/

Dan

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From: "Tom Grabenstein"
To: ETWNC@groups.io
Cc:
Sent: Saturday August 22 2020 9:22:25PM
Subject: Re: [ETWNC] Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Hi Sandy,

The moderator at the beginning mentioned they would “record” all the clinics. But he did not mention early on how to get to those recordings. I had to leave to go to the train club right after Dean’s talk and maybe someone heard how to access those recordings later in the day??? I would like to save Dean’s presentation if that is possible.  Doc Tom 

On Aug 22, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Sandy Bridges <smb@...> wrote:

 Is Dean’s presentation available anywhere for us who missed it. YouTube, Facebook etc.?

Sandy Bridges


On Aug 22, 2020, at 5:24 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


Doc,
    Thank you so much for the kind words. Thanks for tuning is as well.  I had a really good time, and it was relatively glitch free. Glad the telegraph wires held up!
 
Dean
 
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:26 PM
Subject: [ETWNC] Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.
 
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Doc Tom is leaving the Linville Depot a very happy man. He has just heard, by telegraph no less, the wonderful talk given by Dean Smith at the 
 
This years convention was online (err telegraph) and Dean gave an excellent talk about our favorite little Rail Road. He had excellent pictures that showcased his splendid modeling. Doc Tom was furiously taking notes on all that he learned.
 
Dean you “Done Good.” Thank you for all the work you put in. And thanks for the great telegraph hook up.
 
Doc Tom
 
Online from St. Louis
Online from St. Louis


Re: Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Tom Grabenstein
 

Hi Sandy,

The moderator at the beginning mentioned they would “record” all the clinics. But he did not mention early on how to get to those recordings. I had to leave to go to the train club right after Dean’s talk and maybe someone heard how to access those recordings later in the day??? I would like to save Dean’s presentation if that is possible.  Doc Tom 

On Aug 22, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Sandy Bridges <smb@...> wrote:

 Is Dean’s presentation available anywhere for us who missed it. YouTube, Facebook etc.?

Sandy Bridges


On Aug 22, 2020, at 5:24 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


Doc,
    Thank you so much for the kind words. Thanks for tuning is as well.  I had a really good time, and it was relatively glitch free. Glad the telegraph wires held up!
 
Dean
 
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:26 PM
Subject: [ETWNC] Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.
 
<K0r8uDs6QCupQaARaimyjw.jpeg>
 
Doc Tom is leaving the Linville Depot a very happy man. He has just heard, by telegraph no less, the wonderful talk given by Dean Smith at the 
 
This years convention was online (err telegraph) and Dean gave an excellent talk about our favorite little Rail Road. He had excellent pictures that showcased his splendid modeling. Doc Tom was furiously taking notes on all that he learned.
 
Dean you “Done Good.” Thank you for all the work you put in. And thanks for the great telegraph hook up.
 
Doc Tom
 
Online from St. Louis
Online from St. Louis


Re: Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.

Sandy Bridges
 

 Is Dean’s presentation available anywhere for us who missed it. YouTube, Facebook etc.?

Sandy Bridges


On Aug 22, 2020, at 5:24 PM, Dean Smith <smithfive@...> wrote:


Doc,
    Thank you so much for the kind words. Thanks for tuning is as well.  I had a really good time, and it was relatively glitch free. Glad the telegraph wires held up!
 
Dean
 
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2020 3:26 PM
Subject: [ETWNC] Dean Smith "done good" today with his talk about the ET&WNC.
 
<K0r8uDs6QCupQaARaimyjw.jpeg>
 
Doc Tom is leaving the Linville Depot a very happy man. He has just heard, by telegraph no less, the wonderful talk given by Dean Smith at the
 
This years convention was online (err telegraph) and Dean gave an excellent talk about our favorite little Rail Road. He had excellent pictures that showcased his splendid modeling. Doc Tom was furiously taking notes on all that he learned.
 
Dean you “Done Good.” Thank you for all the work you put in. And thanks for the great telegraph hook up.
 
Doc Tom
 
Online from St. Louis
Online from St. Louis