Aug 17, 2015
Superb Dale, they'll look right at home on the layout.
The Rainier Great Western HO Scale Railroad
They sure do Tom! I probably have way more hoppers than I need. I need to start culling the fleet some. I need to look at a few other types of cars as well, I seem to have an over abundance of box cars I don’t use any more.
The cars I use, I need to add some. I’ll probably use some of my surplus to trade for what I need, mainly tank cars.
Thank you Sir!
Looking great Dale
Thank you Vince!
I picked up a couple of gondolas at the train show yesterday. Weathered with airbrush acrylics, Pan Pastels. I upgraded with steel wheels and Kadee couplers. They are ready for revenue service.
Even thought I'm an avid Frisco fan and modeler, I gotta admit that this hopper looks like it's closing in on its 50-year retirement. At least it didn't get any Big Nasty lettering on the side (or as I heard a certain Santa Fe modeler north of Tulsa refer to that road as the B&N)
Also, those clapped out KO hoppers are quite prototypical- I was north of Winfield, KS at my uncle's funeral and interment at a Veteran's Cemetery last year. and on my way to the family luncheon , I was lucky enough to spot 4 Watco SD40-2s, scooting along at the ballast-scorching speed of 10 MPH, with a bunch of former ATSF hoppers in tow, on its way to Winfield.
Hi Bob! Glad to see you again! Yeah I bet those 40’s were scorching along a 10, and rocking bumper to bumper in the process! SKOL has dropped a whole bunch of new ties around Tulsa lately. I bet before long, they can hit 12! BTW, I bet those hoppers came from that SF B&N guy! He’s a regular operator at the Port and has been a great source for inspiration on my modeling and weathering efforts. If you can ever get to Tulsa on a weekend, come by the new location for GCMRA, it would be great to meet you. Thank you for the compliments!
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