Good Morning Clark,
What we were trying to
say is that the RI mostly used GS gondolas for
coal hauling during the steam era, having only
wood Seeley type cars that were off the roster
in the 30’s scrap drives and two small groups of
steel two bay cars built in 1940 and early 1942.
RI 89600 – 897490 (150
cars) were built in 1940 by Pullman.
In RPCyc 25, they are described as part of 900 Pullman
lot 5610 hoppers that had some unique features.
Accurail’s new car carries numbers in this
series. The most obvious difference is on the
prototype, the two inner posts on the ends
should be inward facing channels that terminate
at the bottom of the end panel. The location of
the crease in the side panels, which parallels
the slope sheet, is slightly different. There
is a very nice builder’s photo and comparisons
with the Accurail model in the Remember the Rock
magazine, Volume 8 numbers 3&4, which is
RI 89400 – 89599 (200
cars) were built in 1942 by ACF. According to
RPCyc 25, they are AAR standard 50
ton cars. They had heap shield ends, as shown
in our book. There is a builder’s photo in
RPCyc 9 along with one showing how about 129 of
these cars had roofs added around 1950. So,
your choices probably are finding the Athearn
car with heap shields, which are not exactly
correct as the RI car has no notch in the heap
shield. Sunshine made a mini-kit for the hopper
I hope that this is
what you need. Please let me know if need
something more specific.
considering modeling RI hopper 89456
from series 89400-89599. I’m
confused (what else is new) by the
caption in the Morning Sun color
book. It lists different builders in
this series, but but not much else.
question is: Which model do I use
for this car?
Mason City Iowa