Fox Valley Models Silverside Coal Gondola Fox Valley Models just released a new paint scheme (gray) and a new road name (Norfolk Southern) for its silverside coal gondola (which it initially released in June 2015). Since model train manufacturers do this type of thing on a regular basis, a re-release is in no way groundbreaking. It is, however, a perfect example of the lengths model trains makers will go to truly copy all aspects of prototypes. Here is a list of all items in this latest release. If you look closely at the product, the gray color has a kind of speckled look to it. Fox Valley calls this a "layered" paint finish and made a point of recreating this look based on prototype photos (taken by the company in 1991 in Dalton, Georgia). In 1990, Norfolk & Western Railway and Southern Railway merged and became Norfolk Southern Railway. When Norfolk Southern Corp painted its cars to carry the new NS logo, many of the gray cars had this layered paint look and could be seen hauling both domestic and export coal along the more than 36,000 route miles in 22 eastern states. We don't know why the cars looked like this (paint shortage? poor weather conditions?) but Fox Valley did an impressive job recreating the look of the actual prototype.