Brian Smith sent me a few pictures that he took recently. He had particularly noticed the "MW" mark on the side of the gondola and thought maybe I would like to do the same on a model.
A bit closer lookWhile Brian liked the "MW", what caught my about this gondola was the doubled reflective stripes, as well as the L-shaped combination of two stripes at the end. And looking closely, there's a single stripe at the right hand end of the gondola that is located lower than the others.
I thought I'd do something similar to one of my gondolas here, but without the Maintenance of Way marking. I chose JSSX 1410 for the subject.
Here's my gondola JSSX 1410 with the reflective stripes as they were.
Now, I know that it's a small change to the gondola in this next picture, and really, who else would even notice such a thing? But I'll know it's there.
Just a simple matter of moving Smokebox Graphics reflective stripes and adding a couple on on each side. Took five minutes for me to do this. The hardest part was deciding which gondola to choose. I picked one belonging to my shortline (that way nobody can say it's not prototypical).
And a look at the other side of the gondola
Brian also went to the trouble to take a few more photos that day, so I'll show them here as well. I've adjusted each photo to be just a bit brighter.
A nice look at the gondola's "A" end. Track buried in the dirt
Coupled next to the CSX gondola was this RailGon
This one bears the old Chesapeake & Ohio "CO" reporting marks
And there's this picture with a tank car parked on a siding. Notice the condition of the rails..
Thanks very much for the photos Brian !