Re: Question for Steve Hile, or whoever answers : )

Bruce Smith


A quick search of the archives reveals that the Athearn offset quad is perfect for a
number of pre-WWII hoppers, especially the B&M, B&O, C&O, DL&W, Erie,
MEC, M-K-T, MP.  This comes from a conversation we had about an "iron modeler" contest a few years back and in fact, Ted has given me the go ahead to use this project to restart the Virtual Modelers group.

Bruce Smith
Auburn, AL

From: STMFC@... [STMFC@...] on behalf of Armand Premo2 [armprem2@...]
Sent: Saturday, November 30, 2013 11:30 AM
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Subject: Re: [STMFC] Question for Steve Hile, or whoever answers : )

    Speaking of hoppers,is there a prototype /near prototype for Athearns' off- set Quad Hoppers? Armand Premo
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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 recently published.

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 cover.

I hope that this is what you need.  Please let me know if need something more specific.


Steve Hile

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Sent: Friday, November 29, 2013 12:24 PM
Subject: [STMFC] Question for Steve Hile, or whoever answers : )


I’m 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.

So, my question is: Which model do I use for this car?

Clark Propst
Mason City Iowa

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