I have found that the opening hatches on covered hoppers to be very annoying, especially when I am painting the cars. I solder them shut on my cars. There is nothing in there to see anyway!
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These Airslide Hoppers that were imported by River Raisin Models in 1988. I added draft gear, and cut levers.
When I learned that the PRR had the 1965 Airslide I searched for a paint scheme for my second car. I found that the B&O had 10 of the 1954 Airslide hoppers. While there are no known photos of it, I have been told by B&O freight car Guru Chris Barkan that I am probably close to being correct with my car.
These H30, H30a and H32 were imported by River Raisin Models in 1989. I added draft gear, cut lever brackets, cut levers and trust plates to both cars. For H30 254351 it was a sharp departure for my usual “dusty” weathering style. It is by far my most aggressive weathering to my own cars to date. More will be coming. Note the PRSL Return to data.
I modeled this car after PRR Builders Photo E20553. But I do not have the same trucks as the car in the photo. I added Trust Plates to this model.
The H32 was imported at the same time as the H30 by River Raisin Models. My friend Gus painted this car before I started painting my cars.
This car has an interesting history. It was damaged when I bought it. A large unfriendly object was dropped on the roof caving it in somewhat. I unsoldered the roof, took it off, straightened everything out, and reattached it. I added draft gear and Trust Plates to this model.
B&O N34 Wagontop Hopper
River Raisin imported the B&O N34 hopper in July 1993. I added the draft gear and cut levers to both cars
N&W ACF Hopper
This car was made by Overland in the late 1980s. It is the only brass car I painted for myself that may be less then accurate. I am not sure if N&W had a car like this with the notched center. I had the car and the decals. You can see what I did with them.
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