The Pacific Electric had a fleet of Hart Convertible Gondolas that were built by American Car and Foundry in 1911. These cars were able to be configured into a gondola or a hopper by moving the bulkheads and lifting up the floor. This allowed them to be used as a […]

N Scale Kits Hart Convertible Gondolas


The mail lady was good to me today. She delivered a package from N Scale kits containing a pair of Pacific Electric Hart Convertible Gondolas and a package from Washington State with a 1974 Kadee Pacific Electric boxcar! Soon, it will be time to bust out the files and start […]

Mail Call!


I am starting to learn how much flexibility that the new yard truly is, and I still need to add the staging track and replace a switch that will not hold gauge. It really has even more potential that I haven’t fully discovered. The crossover in the yard and the […]

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Shot a crappy, poorly edited cell phone video this morning. It’s fun playing engineer, conductor and cameraman all at the same time.

Operations…


I have completed the windows, added some VERY thick decals from K4 Decals… Decal softener is my friend…..still have to add the grab irons…

The work continues


After work I fired up the air compressor and shot my caboose with Tru Color Boxcar Red. I took a 5/64″ dril bit and reammed out the bolster holes. I still have to add the windows, grab irons, decals and couplers…I have her sitting on Bettendorf trucks for now…

Did some work on the caboose this morning.