After years of looking I was excited to recently purchase examples of two rare Nason cars, their flat car and their Gondola.
having been introduced in 1937. The catalog photo shows the C&NW version of this model, but this example is the other version offered, for the B&O. In the photo the model is seen on top of the comparable Scale-Craft flat car, which was not introduced until 1939. The Nason model in a number of ways is more finely detailed. Note the rivet details and the more finely scaled stake pockets, for example. The printed lettering is very clean and on the same type of cardboard stock used for their box car and reefer sides.
Compared to the instructions the main detail missing is the deck. There should have been a “black scored material” supplied with the kit; the builder opted to leave it off, simply painting the (flat) deck (the wooden frame of the car) black. They also opted not to put on the brake cylinder, which I may opt to add.
and it was released in late 1940. It was not the first gondola produced, but it was quite a bit better looking model than the earlier (and quite rare) 1938 Hoffman gondola. In the photo my Nason gondola is seen with a Graceline gondola. This model was also introduced in 1940, and it and the very comparable gondola cars by Eastern (postwar) are seen here.
The Nason gondola has printed sides for two roads, PRR and B&O. The most notable feature is that the sides are printed and had alignment marks for the side ribs, which you can see in the photo as the marks are a bit wider than the ribs. These are brass and were attached top and bottom with pins. This particular gondola actually presently has Hoffman trucks on it, which will be replaced soon with a good set of Nason trucks. And note the Graceline car has Schorr trucks, much more finely scaled.
Speaking of underframes, I have several more Nason underframes for the flat car. With a complete, original car now in hand I am pondering using them for kitbashing projects, hoping to match the proportions of this car, perhaps using lengthened Tyco sides. A project for another day -- for now I am just happy to have tracked down examples of both of these rare cars.
One other note being both of the cars featured above are now on proper Nason trucks with good wheelsets! Ready to make an appearance on the layout.