Re: SRHA has purchased all of the WrightTrak Southern freight cars

George Eichelberger

As far as I understand, ALL of the Southern cars Gary sold as WrightTrak are included; the Silversides, waffle box car, cupola cab, etc. There may be little or no demand for some items while others could be quite popular. Although I discussed the items with Gary, Rick Bell did not pick up any documentation or design information. Gary told us some of that would follow. As all of the plans used to produce the cars came from SRHA, I do not see that as a major concern.

We have an excellent working relationship with Hubert Mask at Mask Island decals and will work with him to make sure accurate decals are available.

Some of the molds are less than perfect, others may be too worn to be used. The masters appear (at first look) to be generally in good shape so new molds can be made if needed. The state of the art for making masters or patterns is moving ahead quickly. The two “production” people we are working with have the necessary CAD, prototyping and casting experience. The dollar amount we offered was the result of a close inspection (by someone with direct experience in the technology) of the masters and molds. Frankly, I do not expect SRHA will ever recover 100% of what we paid. The amount was such that continuing to make the models’ available (they are some of the most accurate ever produced) was something SRHA should, and could do.

Individuals can participate any way they wish. Donations to SRHA, the archives or toward the production of these models would be appreciated.  

In any case, we do not see this becoming a high volume production or sales project.

The next steps will be up to people wanting to have prototype models of Southern Railway rolling stock. Production will be very limited with few castings produced to keep in inventory.

We will discuss all of this at next week’s SRHA convention. For anyone interested, they need to register, get to Chattanooga and join in the conversation.


PS If anyone is seriously interested in becoming the SRHA “Modeling” person to be involved in this, the SouthernRailway io group and modeling information in the archives, contact us off list at archives@....

On May 24, 2019, at 12:45 PM, A&Y Dave in MD <dbott@...> wrote:


What exactly did SRHA purchase?  There could be scale plans (what works in HO scale does not always work in N or O scale), instruction sheets, decal art, masters, molds, or just the parts and decals already produced. What about Smoky Mountain Model Works designs like the low side gondola and the wood caboose? I understand Jim King transferred the rights to some of those to Wright Track. Did SRHA acquire those rights or did they revert to Jim, or am I misinformed?

I just want to know the meaning of “Southern cars” in your statement. 

I’m pleased as punch at this development. So much better than seeing those resources get lost or dispersed!


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On May 24, 2019, at 10:11 AM, George Eichelberger <geichelberger@...> wrote:

The concept at this point is to NOT offer complete kits but only the polyurethane castings to allow us to keep these accurate models in production and to offer the parts at reduced prices. We will be able, using data from the SRHA archives, to offer photos, drawings and histories of all the models here on ModelingTheSouthern. In addition to building the models "as is" we will discuss, and include data, for as many variations as possible. For example, covered coiled steel versions of the 53' gondola and welded rail and MoW versions of the 40' flat cars. Additional parts, and potentially other models may be produced as time permits.

We will be discussing plans to make the WrightTrak castings available at the upcoming SRHA convention at TVRM in Chattanooga on the 31st and 1st. Everyone is welcome to participate and help us come up with a plan. There are clinics scheduled Friday evening  at the TVRM headquarters building, the SRHA archives "grand opening" will be at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 1st with a trip to the TVRM shop at E. Chattanooga for an extended tour also on Saturday.) SRHA will be presenting a clinic at the NMRA hotel downtown at 9:00AM Friday morning entitled "30-Tons of archives" that will describe the new facility and how prototype data can be used.

Convention information and registration is on the SRHA web site: 


PS I've attached a photo of a model of Southern 40' roof hatch box car 32458. It is one of the items SRHA will produce if there is sufficient interest.
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