|| Tail car 100 is actually a business
car for our HO scale executives, not a model of any
prototype. It is made from two Varney streamliner
shorties as an experiment in stainless steel painting
technique. The paint is Rustoleum high temperature
aluminum (muffler paint!) that when painted over
gloss black laquer looks for all the world like stainless.
Decals by John Arnold, the best there is!
||An extravagance, an Overland NC&StL brass
4-8-4 number 580 sits at Kayne Ave yard west end.
Number 580 was chosen because it was called to pull
the City of Memphis after Marie 535 had to be retired
due to a thrown rod. Diesels were not yet plentiful
enough to use for that . 580 represents the last
batch of ten J-3 Dixies, all delivered as “Stripes”.
Here she still sports the Commonwealth pilot and
nose cone and has her riveted tender. Later, she
received 535’s welded tender we believe.
||Modeling the NC is not always easy since few
specific to prototype models are available. Often,
one must do the best they can so re-decorating standard
stock is a common.solution. Here a Rivarossi (Santa
Fe or PRR?) heavyweight observation number
painted in the late scheme that reflects parent L&N’s
practice. A full interior, lowering and added details
help the illusion of “scale model”. Decals
By John Arnold.
||To demonstrate how the City of Memphis might
have looked in 1950 after 535 was retired, Dixie
Type 580 takes the train out of Nashville. This is
the Overland model of 580, and as Dain Schult (Author
of the latest book on the NC&StL) says, the detail
is “breathtaking”. Not only are they
gorgeous, they run like the proverbial “Swiss
Watch”. They prefer 26”minimum radius
curves to run their best. I have one “tight
spot” at 25.5” Radius where she has a
little trouble. When broken in, she may do better
on tight curves.
||Another view of 580 at 30 MPH past Shops with “The
City” in tow westbound. It is about 1:15 in
the afternoon, the usual time to see the City here.
Memphis on my layout is in yet another room. With
a trio of holding tracks and industry it curves back
on itself to feed the eastbound main into Nashville.
Memphis is modular, so it can be temporarily removed
if need be. Photo is from our new 5.5Mp digital camera.
||Dyno car 90130 in process. This is Rev 2 of
the Walthers dyno car with details heavily changed
to better suit the prototype, which still exists.
The parent company of the NC, the L&N ordered
the car sold itself in the forties. They renumbered
it and later changed it to a crew car. It will therefore
wear L&N numbers and lettering. The prototype
car is rusting away in Kentucky (but mostly intact),
where I have visited to “study the real thing
and count its rivets”. This is not however,
a rivet counters model. Study of the prototype is
always encouraged for better model making. It is
painted Tuscan red as the L&N painted it, but
the question is” what color was it on the NC?”