Pierre built this from a Funaro and Camerlengo resin kit. I finished the car, adding fine scale wheel sets, flexible air hoses (BTS part 02302) and Kadee couplers. I also did the weathering – I like doing that so all my rolling stock uses the same palette.
Gondolas are the workhorses of North American railways so I really attacked the interior of this model with rust-coloured weathering powders. I’m pleased with the result. This is the first gondola on the layout, and it’ll be busy carrying everything from poles, ties and lumber, to scrap metal and pipe.
I will be adding more gondolas to the layout. I have another one of these kits, which I may have Pierre do as the Michigan Central version. I also have a Funaro kit for a Pennsylvania Railroad class GR composite gondola. Both of these were given to me by my friend Matt Matthews. (Thanks Matt!)
I would also love to do a CNR gondola. There’s a nice HO resin kit from Westerfield, but nothing in S. I smell a scratch-building project… but not just yet. Too many other things to do first.
Thanks for the gondola, Pierre – you’ll see more kits on your bench in the near future!
(By the way, Pierre has built several pieces of rolling stock for me. In fact, he does this full-time under the Elgin Car Shops name. If you have a pile of resin freight car kits – in any scale – why not talk to him about doing a few for you so you can focus on other aspects of the hobby… like building your layout?)