Re: Covered hopper


The Reading's first conversions were black as were their hoppers.

Francis A. Pehowic, Jr.

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Date:Fri, Mar 18, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Subject:Re: [STMFC] Covered hopper



I appreciate the humor in your response.  It was an earnest question.  There is an ongoing dispute at the Western Pennsylvania Model Railroad museum about the correct color to use on the home road covered hoppers made by converting open top hoppers to covered.  The cars were theoretically built in 1939.  Some insist they need to be gray.    Others point out that early covered hoppers were for the most part the "normal" freight car color for the roads fleet.  For example the PRR covered hoppers were freight car color until the change in paint scheme circa 1953 with the introduction of synthetic pigment paint and abandonment of natural pigments.

Evidence would seem to point to "gray" becoming the universal color, with some noted exceptions, for covered hoppers with the introduction of the 2 bay PS-2.  

Rich Orr

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From: Tim O'Connor timboconnor@... [STMFC]
Sent: Fri, Mar 18, 2016 6:06 pm
Subject: Re: [STMFC] Covered hopper


I think it was after the 1954 Supreme Court decision that struck down
discrimination based on the color of covered hoppers.

Honestly, was that a serious question?

Tim O'Connor

>What is the approximate date that the various shades of gray became the defacto standard color for covered hoppers? It seems to be with the introduction of the PS-2 2003 cf cars.
>Rich Orr

Posted by: Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...>


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