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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 5

Jerry Hamsmith sent the final installment on building the Resin Car Works New York Central gondola kit. He and his Gondola Group cover floor details, painting, and decaling in this post.

The next step in the build was to prepare the floor to insert into the car. Two options exist for a 751000 series car: a temporary wood floor, or a steel floor. As the modifications to these cars were being made during WWII, the resultant steel shortages caused the railroad to replace many of the drop-bottom floors with wood versions.

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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 3

Jerry Hamsmith and his group share an alternative AB brake system installation for the Resin Car Works NYC gondola kit.

Two of the group members decided to do the extra work to follow the AB drawings that were part of the NYCHS shared material. See the Kit Extras instruction files on the RCW website for all of these drawings.

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NYC 50-foot, drop-bottom gondola, part 2

Here’s part two from Jerry Hamsmith and his group building this recent Resin Car Works kit.

The AB brake system for this car is if nothing else, interesting. The drawings for the New York Central gondola, provided by the NYCHS, show a number of additions to the normal brake rod arrangement. The original drop doors required them to not be the normal straight line connections. Additionally, the reservoir and the control valve are next to each other on the same side of the car. This was likely due to the most convenient arrangement when converting from the original K brake system.

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