A recent bathroom remodeling project left me with some Travertine tile pieces that looked like they would make pretty good gondola loads. At the time Ralph V of the Kings Port Division http://kingsportdivision.blogspot.com/ and I were both making loads to share for a gondola project that he undertook. When completed each of us would have a gondola lettered as KP&W 2140 to use in our virtual ops. With both contributing scratch built loads it was a definite winner. I sent off the loads to Ralph and he sent me some fine loads and a gondola my way.
Last week the Penn Central Car Movement #9 series included the new KP&W Gondola #2140 with a granite slab destined for the Empire City Museum of Art via the NYC Water Street Freight House. The slab would then be picked up by truck and transported to the E.C.M.of A. I saluted Ralph for his ingenuity in getting the granite slab into the mix and making this a challenging freight movement. Now I could have just spotted the car at the Freight Terminal and called it a completed move. But that would have been way to easy and certainly not as much fun. So here's how a discarded tile piece got into into the ops and we had some fun with it;
The Empire City Museum of Art has contracted with Gervais Pipe and Fitting to supply heavy lifting power to get the slab off the truck at the E.C.A. That's 1/87th scale Bobby G inspecting the forklift and standing by should it be needed. Neal's Lumber and Hardware has sent a truck of hardwood for blocking if necessary and that's 1/87th scale Sir Neal Himself standing near his Cadillac convertible.
1/87th scale PC Ralph and Engineer Ed assure the REA foreman they will leave as soon as the street reopens and not block the REA loading docks any longer.