Brown Box Era HO-Scale Trains
TYCO's Gondola is a 40-foot example and was offered with some variation
over the course of its existence. The major differences in Gondola offerings relate to the contents included with the
car. TYCO most often supplied a set of three culvert pipe sections, but by the 1980s the car is also found with the
magnetic barrels as its load. TYCO included a 40-foot Gondola dressed for Pine Hill Logging in The Big Logger train
set and Log Loader with Log Car (No.914) accessory.
This example of the TYCO gondola was offered in the early 1970s and listed
as Covered Gondola. It differs from later examples only in the roof that fits onto a standard TYCO gondola model.
This Burlington Northern example included a set of three magnet-equipped
yellow barrels for use with TYCO's Giant Operating Crane.
TYCO produces at least two variations for its Union Pacific Gondola, both carrying
stock number 341-B. The original UP Gondola is seen above and it is lettered for maintenance service and has thin,
small red lettering. TYCO's second UP Gondola carries large red UNION PACIFIC lettering. Both versions included
three culvert pipe sections.
If you're looking for a project that utilizes
TYCO's 40-foot Gondola model, check out The
Steel Era: A Hopper-Bottom Gondola by Robert Schleicher in the Fall 1978 Great World of Model Railroading. The article
details creating a 1909 prototype steel gondola with a hopper bottom. Schleicher uses an MDC hopper, but any HO hopper model
would be practical for this project. It's an interesting read and shows a basic and fun project that virtually any skill
level modeler could attempt to create.
This complete article is available online at TrainLife.com. See this
and more on the TrainLife website.