Jim King at Smoky Mountain Model Works has become a great source of rolling stock for those working in 1:64 – and his latest potential project will be of interest to Canadian railway modellers.
Jim is looking for expressions of interest for the GS gondola – in all-steel and steel-wood composite designs. He writes:
Based on an $80 (US) price including couplers and decals, how many would you buy? Be specific. This is a make/break decision time based on YOUR interest.
1. Tell me how many steel sided cars in SP, UP or other roads you’d buy.
2. Tell me how many composite sided cars in SP, UP or other roads you’d buy.
The all-steel version will be a good starting point for CNR GS gons. In fact, Andy Malette from MLW Services has raised this possibility with Jim, and Jim is open to doing a set of add-on details to create a Canadian car – providing there’s sufficient demand.
So, now’s your chance: Visit Smoky Mountain Model Works and drop an email to Jim to tell him now many you would take. Do it soon!
I’ve already told Jim I’m in for five of the all-steel kits – and more if he offers the Canadian detail sets.
Among their many duties, these cars would be ideal on company service, hauling ballast from quarries such as the one near Hagersville. So I hope Jim gets the numbers he needs to go ahead with this project.
UPDATE: Jim at Smoky Mountain is looking for information about the CN and CP versions – specifically:
1 – The differences from a standard GS gon (such as the Red Caboose model in HO scale). The additional side details (ribs? stampings?) is an obvious one. Any others?
2 – He could also use help with the artwork to get lettering produced.
If you can help with these two requests, you can contact Jim directly, or you can use the “comments” section of this blog post to provide input and I’ll forward it to Jim, with your email address so he can follow up.
Jim reports that as of Friday, he had more than 80 reservations (combined) for the GS gondola and the Canadian version. This is good news as it means the project is likely to go ahead. If you’re working in 1:64 and interested in the Canadian version, let Jim know!