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Picture Title: new gon
Location: dcc shops
Photographer: Tom Downing
Submission Date: 4/15/2010 5:26:27 PM
Comments: just got done building this one,I made this one with the brake wheel mounted on the side. I think this was done on the full size gons because the ends of the car flipped down in side the car for long lodes.this car was made from MDL ply wood and some used parts I pick up over the last few years
Gallery Category: Rolling Stock
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Shooting Location: dcc shops
Owner: tom downing
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Locomotive or Car Type: Rolling Stock
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Track Gauge: 7.5
Scale: 1.5
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Critiqued 4/15/2010 6:35:55 PM by Phil  C., Torrance, CA
Really nice Tom. Another Downing Car Company high quality product.

  Comment Response Entered: 4/15/2010 6:44:22 PM  By: Charlie Giordano    - Torrance,CA
wow that turned out nice. see u guys at OC cant make it this weekend. want to see all your guys cars getting pulled around. would be cool to see whole train!
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Critiqued 4/16/2010 8:39:17 AM by Steve  C, RPV
Looks good, build a few more cars and your going to need another container to store them in.

  Comment Response Entered: 4/17/2010 7:24:35 AM  By: tom   d - lakewood ca
yes that would be a good thing,I thought I might have 30 cars and that would make me the guy with the most cars around LA. I did read theres a guy back in HO,that has 250 cars I think steve up at S+S railroad has alot of cars.I have parts for 10 more cars for my self and will be building maybe 10 more for phill and mark,rory and rob have plans for a few more we will be building as well, CARS ARE GOOD
  Comment Response Entered: 4/17/2010 3:51:18 PM  By: charlie   giordano - torrance
my next project is DRG long caboose in 3.25 scale. i will need help haha
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Critiqued 12/2/2015 3:26:04 AM by Imraan  Imraan, J8JNJ6zlzDSb
Mark is right on the cotton gins. The bgisegt one was Southeast of Thornton and Main, where that big pipe plant is now. The big buildings of the pipe plant are the original gin buildings. There were more buiding closer to Thornton but they were torn down more than 10 years ago.Besides the current industrial park spur, there were spurs leading into the gin complex West of the yard area (West of the underpass) as well as a spur running out of the West end of the yard across Main (just East of the underpass) that served the building that is still there (West of the feed store near the Cotton Belt boxcar used for storage). The North rails of the yard served the businesses along first street. There was also a group of rail served buildings along Main St. between the depot and Arizona Grain I belive that the big shed (now gone) was the packing plant. Arizona Grain hasn't changed much since the 1980s. I believe that the metal scrap yards South of the depot (across Main Ave.) had a spur at one time as well. Out West there were the two spurs leading across the highway from Casa Grande siding (Frito Lay and Abbott the two big complexes North of Casa Grande siding). Farther West there was the spur that led to the underground mine. The industrial park has the most rail served businesses. Both sides of the tracks had numerous spurs leading to businesses. Some are still there (the pipe plant and packing plant), many buildings have changed usage or are closed up.Tom F
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