My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Freight Cars - Gondolas

A Tale of Two Gondolas

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 34, Number 2, April 2010
Page:
13
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Scale:
S
Description:
Converting two O-27 gondolas to 46-foot, close-enough, S-scale gondolas, one for the Pennsylvania Railroad and one for the B&O. Includes a couple of paragraphs on how the author built two different pipe loads (with photos).

At the Throttle

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1977-07
Page:
45
Author:
Linn H. Westcott
Description:
Linn answers the question, "Why does a gondola car have low sides?"

Building a Urethane PRR GRa-class Gondola Kit

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2008 Fall
Page:
22
Author:
Bill Lane
Scale:
S
Description:
Bill describes how to built this kit, but not necessarily using all the kit's parts. Includes discussion on how to paint the model and several construction and final photos.

C&O Pipe Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-08
Page:
62
Author:
William C. Schaumburg
Description:
The C&O and B&O ordered 125 65.5' gondolas in 1969 from Bethlehem Steel. Article includes scale drawings and prototype photos.

Canadian Bathtub Gondolas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-03
Page:
64
Author:
Patrick Lawson
Description:
The article covers the history of CP Rail coal unit trains, shows a roster of the "bathtub" cars, includes prototype photos, and comes with full scale drawings of all sides. Suggestions as to how to model this car are briefly covered for HO and N scale.

Casting Your Own Freight Cars

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-01
Page:
82
Author:
David F. Thompson
Description:
This is a good article on how to make castings, and more specifically about how to make gondolas. The article covers making the master, constructing the casting frame, making the mold, removing the master, making the castings, and removing and cleaning the castings.

Chicago & North Western Pride Gondolas

Magazine:
Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler Volume 10, #2
Page:
34
Description:
PRIDE stood for "PRogress In Defending the Environment". In addition to prototype photos and a roster listing, the article also includes model photos.

Class GS Supplement

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 06 January 2004
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Description:
Follow-up article showing some of the model photos for the November, 2003 article.

Creating a Steel Slab Load

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 06 January 2004
Author:
Garrett Rea
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he built modeled the steel slabs in a Westerfield G22 gondola.

D&H 41-foot Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-08
Page:
81
Author:
Charles Yungkurth
Description:
A brief prototype-only article about these 1941-built cars. Includes photos and scaled drawings.

Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad 700-series Drop-bottom Gondola

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 6, December 1989
Page:
15
Description:
Scale drawings of the car.

Denver & Rio Grande Western's Narrow-gauge Gondolas

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
58
Author:
Allen J. Brewster
Description:
Prototype information, lots of photos, and scale drawings.

Detailing a Milwaukee Road 65-foot Mill Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-05
Page:
46
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Scale:
N
Description:
The author describes how he detailed an Athearn gondola. Includes a prototype photo, and a description of how to adjust the bolsters to support the Micro-Trains or Fox Valley Models trucks.

Eastern Seaboard Models N-Scale PRR G26 Mill Gondola

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 72 Winter 2010
Page:
5
Author:
Bob Losse Jr.
Scale:
N
Description:
This is a product review of the model. It includes a brief history and prototype photos.

Essential Freight Cars Part 25

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-11
Page:
95
Author:
Ted Culotta
Description:
This article covers the steam-era gondolas of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads. Includes many model and prototype photos of both railroads.

Essential Freight Cars Part 26

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-12
Page:
100
Author:
Ted Culotta
Description:
This article covers loads for gondolas and shows prototype and model photos of various loads, such as crates, structural steel, tanks, and scrap.

Georgia RR 50-ton Gondola

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2003-09/10
Page:
34
Author:
Pete Silcox
Scale:
S
Description:
After a brief history of the Georgia Railroad, the topic covered in this brief article is a West Shore S-scale gondola super-detailed to match a prototype car (photo included).

HO scale PRR G31L #372165

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 73 Spring 2010
Page:
6
Author:
Kurt Kruse
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author converted a Tangent Scale Models G31b into an "L" subclass model.

Kitbashing Central of New Jersey Composite Gondolas

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-04
Page:
80
Author:
Alan Mende
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author took four Mehano 50-foot gondolas (train-set quality) and rebuilt them to accurately match the CNJ prototype.

Kitbashing Scale Cars from Toy Bodies Part 2

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 09, Number 2, Spring 1986
Page:
11
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
Taking A.C. Gilbert American Flyer gondola bodies and converting them into credible "scale" models. Includes model photos and cut diagrams. Also covered is the 42-foot hydracushion box car.

Modeling a 41-foot Nickel Plate Steel Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-04
Page:
45
Author:
Montford Switzer
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using an Accurail kit, the author super-detailed the model. Includes prototype and model photos, a materials list, and a prototype roster.

Modeling a Fruehauf Conrail Gondola

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2005-11
Page:
20
Author:
Ken Edmier
Scale:
HO
Description:
Covers modeling gondolas built by Fruehauf in 1971 and 1972 for Penn Central using Rail Yard Models kits. Article includes many model and prototype photos. Includes using the Coiled Wire load made by Chooch Enterprises.

Modeling a great car for loads: Pennsy's steam-era G31 gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1995-06
Page:
55
Author:
Robert Smaus
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author makes a Con-Cor 52'6" mill gondola into a true representation of the PRR G31. Includes prototype and model photos.

Modeling a Lehigh Valley Mill Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2010-11
Page:
47
Author:
Chuck Davis
Scale:
HO
Description:
A large number of the Lehigh Valley's gondola fleet were these 50-foot 13-rib straight side gondolas. The author used two Accurail 41-foot USRA steel gondola models to kitbash one of these cars. He describes the process he went through. The article includes one prototype photo, several close-up model photos, prototype roster, scale drawings, and describes how to make a steel plate load for the car.

Modeling a Well Used Gondola

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2004-03
Page:
22
Author:
Jeff Eggert
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author started with a Proto 2000 52' 6" drop-end gondola kit, stripped the sides, and replaced them with modified brass panels to represents the damage done to them over time. Includes many detailed photos, several prototype photos, and information about how super-detail, paint, and weather the model.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad's Gondola Fleet Part 1

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 02 September 2003
Page:
5
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Description:
This introductory installment of the in-depth series of articles covering the PRR's large fleet of gondola includes historical information, a break-down of all the gondola classes, and several photos of models.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 18

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 53 December 2007
Page:
11
Author:
Jack Consoli
Scale:
HO
Description:
Prototype and research information, as well as information about how to build a model in HO-scale of the PRR's G28.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 2

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 03 October 2003
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the GR and three-foot longer GRa. These were created around the 1900s and most were retired by the 1950s. It was essentially a flat car with wooden side extensions. Includes model photos, original scale drawing, and complete description of the construction of the Funaro & Camerlengo resin kit. The GRa model is built from a Westerfield kit.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 3

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 04 November 2003
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the class GS and GSh, which were built between 1902 and 1909 and retired into the 1940s and 1950s. They were short (40-ft) cars. The article describes how the author modeled these cars using HO-scale resin kits from several manufacturers.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 4

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 06 January 2004
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the G22 class (including various sub-classes) of these 46-foot gondolas.

Modeling the Pennsylvania Railroad’s Gondola Fleet Part 5

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 07 February 2004
Page:
29
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the G24 class, which includes prototype photos and drawings and model photos of the PSC HO-scale model.

Norfolk & Western Coal Battleship Gondolas

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1988-01
Page:
88
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Scale:
HO
Description:
These cars were built by the N&W in 1920 and had a 100-ton capacity. The article includes scale drawings, and two model photos.

Ohio River & Western 3-foot Gauge Gondola #279

Magazine:
Narrow Gauge And Short Line Gazette 2007-01/02
Page:
59
Author:
Edward H. Cass
Description:
Scales drawings of this car.

One of a Kind - the G23 Story and Battleship Gondolas

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 49 No.3 Autumn 2016
Page:
25
Author:
Claus Schlund
Description:
There was only one G23, six-axle-trucks, gondola designed for 110 tons of coal load. Includes photos of the car, including the interior and a close-up of the truck. The article covers the detailed history of the car, and then evolves into a general discussion of USRA "battleship" gondolas, showing photos of N&W, Virginian, and C&O cars.

Pennsylvania Railroad G22B Container Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-05
Page:
60
Author:
James Kinkaid
Description:
This article describes the gondola, and its containers. Includes several prototype photos and scaled drawings.

Pennsylvania Railroad Gondolas - A Modeling Summary

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 02 September 2003
Page:
9
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Description:
A tabular listing of all the PRR classes and subclasses of gondola's and which kits or R-T-R cars are available to the modeler. Covers only HO and O-scales.

PRR G29 Gondolas in 1/32 Scale

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 94 Autumn 2015
Page:
29
Author:
Simon DuHamel
Scale:
G
Description:
A brief note and several photos of the author's scratchbuilt model.

Resin Kits

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-04/05
Page:
10
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Scale:
S
Description:
The author is building a gondola resin kit, while Jim Kindraka is building a two-bay covered hopper. The author has experience producing resin kits, so he shares the history of this type of product manufacturing, how he makes the parts, the downsides of casting resin, how to deal with parts that curl while still in kit form, and how to properly deal with flash on resin parts. He also shares a few tips on the gondola he is building.

Resin Kits Part 2

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-06/07
Page:
16
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues the topic of what it takes to build a resin freight car, in this case an NYC gondola. After some prototype information about the car, the discussion goes on to forming and attaching the grab irons, creating the interior bracing, installing the brake system parts, and painting the model.

Resin Kits Part 3

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-08/09
Page:
22
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Scale:
S
Description:
In this installment, the author describes how he applied the decals to his NYC gondola project car, and how to deal with hiding the decals' edges.

Scrap Iron Load for a Gondola

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-06
Page:
41
Author:
Kenneth R. Ely
Scale:
HO
Description:
Cube 1/2" diameter aluminum foil for a convincing load.

Scratchbuild a Chesapeake & Ohio High Side Gondola

Magazine:
O Scale Trains Magazine 23 November 2005
Page:
4
Author:
Ron Gribler
Scale:
O
Description:
This article describes how the author built a 1953 50-ton gondola from brass, styrene, and paper (for the rivets). Includes cutting diagrams, step-by-step photos, and a parts list. There is also a sidebar on how to create the rivet lines.

Scratchbuilt D&RGW High-side Gondola

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-08
Page:
66
Author:
Fred Hamilton
Scale:
On3
Description:
The author describes how he built this gondola, accompanied by several construction photos.

Tangent Scale Models G31B Gondola

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 72 Winter 2010
Page:
10
Author:
Jack Consoli
Scale:
HO
Description:
This is a product review of the model. The article includes the history of the G31 class and subclasses, and prototype photos.

The Earlier Gondola Fleet

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 02 September 2003
Page:
12
Author:
Al Buchan
Description:
This brief article covers the two gondola's the PRR had before the GR class of gondola's.

Upgrading the Bowser class GS Model

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 04 November 2003
Author:
James R. Hunter
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modified the Bowser HO-scale kit to model this car.

Weathering Open-Top Cars Part 1

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 04 November 2003
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Scale:
HO
Description:
Making our models look more realistic by using various techniques to show their age.

You Have To Have Guts to Model a Car of Offal

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 06 January 2004
Author:
Elden Gatwood
Description:
How to model a car that hauls butchered animal waste.