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This Gilbert ad looks like their own stuff, probably near the end
in the early '60s, but I could be wrong. At least some of
Gilbert's original train set cars were Marx knock-offs, or were
made for them by Marx (I had both as a youngster). That tank car
looks like a Varney knock-off (still available in the Life-Like
train set line), and the crane is obviously a Tru-Scale model, or
a knock-off. That crane passed on to Train Miniature and has been
in occasional production from Walthers (actually not bad as
Of interest to me are their flat cars. I somehow came up with two
examples of the 50' (?) flat when I was a teenager, and one of the
drop center car. These were actually pretty good metal castings,
if you can overlook some details being cast in place, and no
underbody detail to speak of. The 50' flats did ride too high,
thanks to their taglo trucks, but that could be fixed. Since they
were all-metal, they rode very well. I keep an eye out for these
at the one train show I still attend, but have yet to see any.
Whether I would buy one would depend on evaluating how the pieces
actually look versus my memory, and whether at this stage of my
life I want any more projects hanging around.
On 10/8/2019 3:35 PM, Benjamin Hom
Lester Breuer asked:
"I was gifted this HO
Train-Miniature NP Hopper lettered correctly for the NP and
being 35 ft inside inside (rather than 34 ft 9 in as the
prototype) it could be reworked into a NP Hopper in the
70050-70199 series which had 6 panels rather than 9 as the
AAR standard design with 33 ft inside. Rivets pattern also
need correction. I began the process (2nd Photo) and began
wondering if there is a better model for the project. Is
there a better model for a starting point?"
Probably as good a starting point as any,
especially as you've started carving plastic. The
Train-Miniature/Walthers 36 ft offset twin is a foobie
anyway (they tooled an offset car to get extra mileage out
of the tooling done for the PS-3 twin), so you're not
wrecking something which would be otherwise useful anyway.
The only other longer model twin hopper that comes to mind
as a starting point is the Gilbert offset twin (undated
catalog scan from the HOSeeker website attached for
reference). The linked clearance diagram from the NPRHA
website doesn't indicate the type of taper, so I'm not sure
if the stepped taper of the Gilbert model or the long taper
of the Train-Miniature/Walthers model is more appropriate.
I got one of the Gilbert cars
years ago as a basket case and stripped it, then failed to
find a prototype for it. I also have a couple of the
Train-Miniature offset twins on hand, so this is a potential
project for me as well.