Re: USRA Hoppers

Larry Smith

Ok guys, here's your information on these cars. The C&O had three groups of these cars. Series 71000-71399, Series 73000-76999, and Series 77000-78982. Photos of the cars in all three configurations, clamshell, standard tripple and panel side are in "Chesapeake and Ohio freight cars 1937-1946, by Carl Shaver, starting on Page 68. There is also a photo of the Hocking Valley cars with the clamshell center doors.  An interesting note on these cars was that 75 of them were rebuilt in 1938 into covered hoppersand were renumbered into the 500-574 series.  All of the hoppers were gone by 1954.

Larry Smith   

From: Tim O'Connor <timboconnor@...>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2018 11:06 PM
Subject: Re: [RealSTMFC] USRA Hoppers

Lloyd, I have THREE books on C&O freight cars and have never seen a
photograph of one of those USRA 70 ton cars in any era! I have one of
those kits too - too terrified to try building it. :-)

Tim O'Connor

On 12/11/2018 2:34 PM, lloydkeyser@... wrote:
> I  have finished building three of Westerfields USRA three bay hoppers
> #2001. I  have had these kits for 30 years and finally got them built.
> They were the old brittle resin kits and were the hardest kits I have
> put together. They are ready for decaling. All I  have to go by is the
> picture in the instructions. Does any one have a photo of one I could
> refere to for 1954?

*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*

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