Re: D&RGW coal train, which cars appropriate?


Hello friends,
lots of thanks for your input!
Richard, afaik the bonsallscalecarshops model is exactly the same type car I already have from W&R.
Many thanks Tim for your comment on the composite sides gon! Some hours ago I compared one of my Red Caboose models with the Precision Scale Brass model linked yesterday - and (to me) they are virtually identical. :-)
Garth, many thanks for your input! Seems that I should try to find a photo of one of the Pressed Steel Car Co. 46000-46499 40-foot, 10-inch GS gondolas, maybe these are (almost) similar to the linked UP and SP steel side gons?
Did D&RGW not have USRA composite side gondolas?
Thanks again and greetings
Gesendet: Samstag, 09. Februar 2019 um 23:33 Uhr
Von: "Richard Townsend via Groups.Io" <richtownsend@...>
Betreff: Re: [RealSTMFC] D&RGW coal train, which cars appropriate?
It's too bad you have to have brass, because the 3D printed gondolas from bonsallscalecarshops on eBay otherwise fit your D&RGW train.
Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR
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Subject: [RealSTMFC] D&RGW coal train, which cars appropriate?

Hello friends,

please allow another dumb question from a freight car newbie. Part of my "mixed freight" is a cut of D&RGW drop bottom coal gondolas, up to date 13 of the 47' type offered by W&R several years ago. I am assuming that just this one car type would be very unlikely to see and therefore I am looking for other cars to add variety. But I don't know enough to decide which available cars can be credibly painted D&RGW. I recall a posting on this group several months ago that most or all D&RGW's gondolas were special in several details and proportions.

The following drop bottom type gondolas are available (in brass, which is mandatory for me for this train):

USRA composite side drop bottom:

GS composite side:

UP G 50-7:

SP G 50-9:

SP G 50-12:

Is there any model in this list which I can use to make a D&RGW car? And what would be the major changes to do?
Yes I did try to search information, but did not find anything definite. Red Caboose once offered both a wood side GS and a steel side GS gondola lettered D&RGW - but I just don't know if these were correct considering the fact that most all manufacturers were/ are offering "foobies".

I found this photo:

Described here as a 46' type, but if you use "Back to D&RGW Freight Cars Page" you will find it listed as a 40' car (scroll down to the end of the list) - what is correct? To me it looks very similar (please excuse me) to the UP or SP models offered by Challenger.

I would appreciate any kind of help.

Many greetings

Modeling the early post-war years up to about 1953

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