Gondola and Flat Car Clinic Night at the Bill Library.

Gondola and Flat Car Loads
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Completed loads for gondolas and flat cars.

Above: A few completed sample loads shown in a set of gondolas. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Materials needed for making gondola loads.

Above: The materials needed to make the loads for gondolas and flat cars. Photo Credit: Jim Spavins

Clinic By: Bill Evans
Clinic Night Date: February 26, 2012

On Sunday, February 26, 2012, club member Bill Evans presented a clinic on building loads for flat cars and gondolas.  Using colorful plastic bags from the local big box store/grocery store as well as white glue, facial tissue and a small brush, Bill demonstrated how to make loads which look like they have been covered with a tarp.

In general, a small block of wood or foam is cut to the desired shape of the load.  Then white glue is painted on all the surfaces.  The plastic bag or tissue material is then placed over the block and pressed in place with the paint brush.  The natural wrinkles in the bags or tissue make the covering look like a tarp.  Once everything dries, simply paint the load the color desired - like a brown, blue, green, or white.

Clinic Material List

  • Flat Car or Gondola
  • White Glue
  • Foam Blocks
  • Plastic Grocery Bag
  • Tissue
  • Scissors
  • Paint Brush
  • Paint
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