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The late Chester Holley (who was owner of Chester Holley Model Railroad, located in the Palma Ceia area of Tampa, Florida) scratch built an O scale model of CUT out of wood when he was a young man.  After he had had a large metal building built (that literally engulfed the original concrete block store) the model went on display on top of the roof of the old store.  It could be seen when one entered the South Himes Avenue entrance.  After Chester passed away, his daughter Diane, continued to run the business until she closed it, I believe in the early 2000s.

Sadly, Diane passed away a couple of years ago, however had started to dispose of her dad's huge collection of tinplate trains.  Since I didn't purchase anything out of Chester's collection, I don't know the disposition of the wood model of CUT, however, I'll ask some friends of mine, who like me, were not only customers but very good friends of the family.  Perhaps one of them will know what happened to Chester's beautiful hand built model of CUT.

Note: OGR featured a three part artical about Chester and his collection which can be found in Run 119, 120, and 121.  Chester also ran regular ads in the dealer directory of OGR which read: Chester Holley, The Most, which included the address and phone number.  He was known internationally and sold and shipped trains around the world.  Today there isn't a train shop anywhere in the Tampa Bay area that can come close to Chester's magic world of toy trains which, in my opinion it was, when you entered the store.

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@carl552 posted:

The design is being done in about n-scale because that is what will fit in Tinkercad.com.  I use Meshmixer to scale the design up and to cut it into printable pieces.  There are several improvements I want to make before printing the one I want on my layout.  One of the improvements is better versions of the reliefs.  If you send me an email request I will send the n-scale sections of the design.  

Thank you for the prompt response and your generosity to share the model! Is the best email to reach you by the AOL one in your profile? Thanks again, this is much appreciated. 

I asked a good friend who was close to the Holley Clan and he said Chester's daughter Diane started to sell off the not-so-rare trains that was in her dad's collection after he passed away.   A big sell off of the regular inventory that remained when she closed the store was held, however, the rare tinplate which was on display in the family's residence went to an auction house in Mass.  Not sure if the wood model of CUT went to New England or not.  I imagine it did.

 

Carl

I see your STL files in the 3D repository and I was wondering if you have any plans to post the sectioned files? I have been struggling with Meshmixer and getting manifold errors while trying to partition them myself. Asking Meshmixer to fix them results in mangled files (I am just competent enough to run and fine tune a printer, but not very experienced at CAD or other tools).

Thank you

Meshmixer is a challenge to slice a design.  I had similar problems to yours. If I remember correctly I would do a slice and then save and try to do as few slices as possible to get a printable section.  I sliced on very set lines so I could always start with the complete design and just slice out one section at a time.  I was disappointed in Meshmixer but didn't want to go up the learning curve on another tool.

Carl

There is a fantastic model of the terminal at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC this season. The Biltmore Garden RR is located in Antler Village and will be open through February this year. The exhibit is of famous American RR Stations and has some beauties all constructed of native organic materials.

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