That’s the question. And, did MTH make gondolas in the Premier Line? Thx for looking.
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Yes, Yes, Yes, K-line started with the Marx molds Williams reproduced the Lionel version in many road names.
Heck, the better question is "Who hasn't produced model gondolas?" You can add Menards to the list of manufacturers.
Just go to ebay or google, type in the name of the manufacturer followed by gondola lol. But yes all of them have made gondolas, including MTH premier
Many K-Line 1:48 gons were made in die-cast, also.
"Old Atlas" (1960's) also made gons; this tooling continued/re-appeared later in their Trainman line, I believe.
K-Line started with the Marx gondola molds which were the K-5600 series. They then acquired from Williams the molds with a very long history of ownership. The Alburn-Kusan-Kriswalus-Williams molds became the K-6500 series gondolas.
Later they did the die cast ones.
Atlas O also bought the tooling for the Intermountain USRA 40 ft gondola and produce it in their master line. It is a steel frame outside braced car with wood sides.
Weaver did a War-Emergency 52 gon. This is a WWII car with steel structure and wood replica sides. Many roads replaced the wood sides when they could get steel plates after the war.
As mentioned the Atlas Trainman line gondola is a 52 ft steel gon.
The Weaver gondolas were made in China, then Atlas O acquired them to produce more road names and road numbers.
There were a variety of O gauge gondolas and O scale gondolas produced by "K-Line" or MDK.
Williams by Bachmann has O gauge gondolas.
The original O scale Atlas O gondolas are available second hand. These gondolas were produced somewhere in Europe then imported and painted by companies like Weaver Models.
The new Atlas O scale Trainman gondolas are new cars made in China.
I don't have a lot, but here are some examples of O scale sized gondolas:
Atlas 40' wood
I use to have some K-Line gons, but they were not scale sized so I sold them. I definitely need a few more, especially with loads.
Great posting Ron. I’ll add a few. I think the Older Atlas gons are great in every way except weight, but that’s easily fixed. The newer Atlas Trainman gons are even better—same tooling, more weight.
I’m a prototype waybill operator, and part of a 14-member group, so I need to have a freight car fleet that reflects the New Haven RR and other lines of the late 60’s early 70’s PC. There are, of course, exceptions to that rule.
40’ AHM 70’s gon repainted NH. The little red symbol to the left of the reporting marks indicates an injury in the project. In this case an x-acto knife rolling off and doing a vertical puncture in my foot….just after finishing my decal work….
50’ Weaver war-emergency gon with light weathering. No story
Atlas 53’ gon, 70’s production. I’ve been fascinated with the Roeblings (of Brooklyn Bridge fame). When I found an old set of Champ decals it was “game on.”
70’s kit, a bit of a challenge to assemble.
an old KUSAN gon, stretched in length and width to needed dimensions.
Atlas 70’s gon (Reading) rebuilt into a P&W 70’s “super gon.” The sides and ends were made separately and sold by K -Line. Prototype photos of this car, like many of my fleet, are on rrpicturearchives.net
last but best is a Lionel gon from a few years ago. These are great as well, with exceptional detail.
You might notice I haven’t included MTH gons. I find they generally sit too high, reducing the prototypical appearance. Nothing wrong with them, and I do have a couple, they just don’t “spin my wheels” as a manner of speaking.
This is a Weaver/Petersen Supply gondola. It was originally B&O, but I repainted and decaled it for the Wellsville Addison and Galeton Railroad.
At the time, I wasn’t aware that Petersen Supply cars were special painted for them. I would have found another car to paint if I knew that…
J wanted several drop-bottom gons for western roads, and they seemed hard to find.
You might try re-working some of those Intermountain (now Atlas) 40’ gons. A little paint and some decals can get you there in short order. I use a light coat of Rustoleum rattle can primer (gray, white, red brick). Followed by a finish coat of Scalecoat II. Get a couple cheap old cars for practice and go for it.