3-D Printed Center Door Streetcar

I found this nice little N Scale model of a center door streetcar on Shapeways. Besides the fact that I am very interested in 3-D modeling and printing, this is a good match for the Cincinnati Car Company cars that were run on the South Carolina Power Company rails here in Charleston in the late 20s and 30s.  These are the same cars that are now unfortunately rotting away out in the elements.

Looking at the car you can see the very fine striations that are created by the layered 3-D printing process. Take a close look at the roof of the car and you will see the lines that will need to be sanded away. But overall the quality is excellent and the detail is amazing. That is a testament not only to the Shapeways printing process, but also to the person who did the design of this particular model.

South Carolina Power Company Trolley

The biggest difference between this model and the car you see pictured below, at least the most obvious difference, is the siding. Look below the windows and you will see that the model has wood slatted siding and the original is steel sided. I will need to take care of that in the build process. Of course I will also be fitting windows, a Tomytec power unit, poles, etc. Will just have to figure which of each are appropriate. Oh, and of course get the correct colors for it. And work on the layout. And….

Model Railroading with John Allen

Model Railroading With John AllenModel Railroading With John Allen by Linn H. Westcott

Fantastic inspiration. The story, the pictures, the diagrams, the details are all wonderful and inspiring. There is a sad overtone to the entire presentation though in know that days after John Allen’s death the entire work of art, his life’s work, burned to the ground. Seems the Gorre & Daphetid Railroad was a reality that was created by his pure strength of will, and with that will gone so was the world he created.

The railroad may be gone, but Allen’s influence is still felt today and will be felt for many years to come. A high bar was set by the operations, the design and the atmosphere of friendship and education. I just hope I, and others, can live up to it.

A thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring book.

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