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  • Hopper Car Closeups

    Seashore Trolley Museum got a 1942 PRR H31 hopper car from the MBTA more than 30 years ago. I was climbing around it while we upgraded its air brake to ABDW and cleaned it out. I took some pictures showing detail normally only visible to car knockers.
    AB brake valve from the plumbing side.

    AB type brake valve plumbing side, cutout cock and dirt trap at bottom center, brake cylinder behind.
    Brake gear under B-end slope sheet

    Brake reservoir to right, AB valve assembly to left, train line passing below.
    Side view of B-end

    Side view of B-end showing brake cylinder, lever and connection to handbrake (top/right of brake lever)
    James


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    Interior shots of the hopper bays.

    A-end slope sheet

    Slope sheet at the A end.

    Cover over center sill

    Cover over the center sill appears to be removable. Don't think we'll try, no parts or equipment to repair a sill.

    View from B end.

    The leftover stone had been there a while.

    After cleaning out and opening doors.

    Cleaned out, main doors open.
    James

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    • #3
      Bay with doors open

      Looking down on the A-end hopper bay, main doors open.

      Door with ballast spreading chutes

      Hopper door hanging open. Latch visible upper left. This hopper door has been modified with lever-operated scuttles for ballast and two sets of chutes to direct ballast away from the rail.
      James

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      • #4
        Neat pictures for the detail hound. Lets see if somebody will model an abandoned hopper with some shrub growing in the refuse collection in the bottom of the hopper.

        Bernd
        New York, Vermont & Northern Rwy. - Route of the Black Diamonds

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          jbvb commented
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          The greenery shown was an enterprising blackberry or black raspberry.

      • #5
        James,

        And I thought 'This was the Rust Belt', excellent shots as weathering examples. (bring back the thumbs up)

        Jim
        Take the red pill

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        • #6
          Great pictures and ideas for weathering James. I'll (bring back the thumb's up). Click image for larger version

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          Louis
          Pacific Northwest Logging in the East Coast

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          • #7
            Looks like we have smileys in posts but not in comments But the built-in set isn't as rich as Snitz's.
            James

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            • #8
              Ah, the many colors of rust!
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              Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced. James Baldwin

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