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  • CF 4600 Hoppers

    This subject came up on the Atlas forum and some said that the RI did not ever own any CF4600 covered hoppers. I just read an article published in RMJ from the early 1990's by Jim Eager. It that article it was stated that the RI owned CF4600 hoppers, bought second hand. Just wondering if any RI experts can speak to this subject? Especially RI bankruptcy blue CF4600 hoppers!

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    Hmm ... I know what was said, and I'm NOT an expert on hoppers, BUT there is a photo on page 65 of Hile, Hickcox adn Miller's book "Rock Island Color Guide to Freight and Passenger Equipment" that shows ROCK #800054, an ACF centerflow, built in 1978, that the authors say has a capacity of 4600 cu ft.

    It is a Rock blue, with "ROUTE ROCK".

    The authors talk about #800054 "and its 499 companions." !!!

    What do you all think ????

    - George

    Modeling the Rock Island Line in the QCA

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    • #3
      I don't know, I'd have to see the picture. It's funny, of all the old faded ROCK hoppers I see around here most are PS hoppers not ACF. Now if ROCK had the ACFs why aren't they still around like the PS? Or were they bought and painted over entirely? Since I haven't been keeping inventory I still would say most of the PS hoppers, if not all, have CNW markings. So who got the ACFs?

      Edited by - Denys on 05/07/2002 08:49:05

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      • #4
        Guys, I think we have an answer. If you've seen the post in Off Topics Forum about the Fallen Flags site you really should check it out. in the meantime look at this.





        copyright by George Elwood

        The discussion was whether or not Rock owned any 4650s, which they did but didn't buy new. Paul listed the numbers as 133400-449 and there are no pictures to found, yet.


        Edited by - Denys on 05/08/2002 18:52:29

        Edited by - Denys on 05/08/2002 18:54:21

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        • #5
          Looks like Hile & co. are right, then.

          The hoppers existed, and numbers went from 800000 to 800499, it would appear. Although the RIL might not have got them new, they weren't TOO old - made in 1978, photographed in ROCK colors in 1979!

          - George

          Modeling the Rock Island Line in the QCA

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          • #6
            Denys - just WHERE was that discussion about the Fallen Flags site ???

            - George


            Modeling the Rock Island Line in the QCA

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            • #7
              http://www.railroad-line.com/discuss...p?TOPIC_ID=934 is the link George.

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              • #8
                Thanks, Denys!

                Great site - even has Gainesville-Midland photos - I'm impressed!

                - George

                Modeling the Rock Island Line in the QCA

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