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  • Modern Era Freight Car Question

    Since my knowledge of freight cars stops around 1960, I would appreciate some input from the modern era modelers out there.

    The Georgia Northeastern (the old L&N "Hook & Eye" line) runs nearby and I've found myself wanting to model a few pieces of their rolling stock. I took the below photos at their Tate, GA shop facility yesterday:







    Are there any HO models suitable as starting points for these cars? The last car looks like it might be a Berwick product...? Would appreciate any suggestions.

    Regards,

    Wallace

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    Since I can't blow up the pictures to see any details, I am going by the general looks of the car.

    No.1 - Pullman Standard 2893 or 2929 or 3510 CF Covered Hopper, Athearn and Walthers have a model of the 2893 Car, and Athearn has undecorated kits in the pipeline right now, Walthers has been very stingy on undecorated kits lately. A AHM/E&B Valley/Con-Cor 2893 can be used for the 2929 as it is not dimensionally correct for a 2893 which it was supposedly to be. There is no model of the 3510 which is much taller than the other two cars.

    No.2 - Looks like an ACF Non-Terminating end Modern Boxcar, the only kit ever made was the Front Range /McKeen kit, which was like 75% accurate but your only choice.

    No.3 - PS 5344 Boxcar, Right now only ExactRail makes a kit for this car, Athearn Made one but it had some problems (like being 1' too wide and bad underbody detail) and it may be found on E-Bay as they have not made any in at least 10 years.

    Rick J

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    • #3
      Rick,

      Thank you! I pulled up some prototype photos of the PS covered hoppers you suggested and I believe it is indeed a 2929 based on the even spacing of the hatches and the ribs. The 2893s I was able to find all had the 2 end hatches offset from the center.

      The Exactrail PS 5344 looks bang-on except for the doors, the GN car has fewer corrugations.

      Appreciate the help, I would have floundered around for a long time trying to find matches for these without some guidance.

      Regards,

      Wallace

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      • #4
        Wallace,

        For your information Details West used to make that door, but since the door on the Exactrail kit is molded on the car, you would have to cut it out of the side of the kit. And as I said that door has been discontinued but they still can be found at some hobby shops and on E-bay. Also that is a standard PS door and the one on the Exactrail car is a Youngstown Steel Door.

        Rick

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        • #5
          Wallace,

          For your information Details West used to make that door, but since the door on the Exactrail kit is molded on the car, you would have to cut it out of the side of the kit. And as I said that door has been discontinued but they still can be found at some hobby shops and on E-bay. Also that is a standard PS door and the one on the Exactrail car is a Youngstown Steel Door.

          Rick

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          • #6
            Thanks Rick! I stopped by Trainmaster Hobbies and sure enough they had that door in stock. Appreciate the help.

            Regards,

            Wallace

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