I am rebuilding the Roundhouse/MDC/Athearn 50-foot, single-sheathed auto car to model a MoPac prototype.
The major features of the model are single-sheathed sides, 3-3-3 inverse dreadnaught ends, fishbelly centersill underframe, steel doors, radial roof. No end door (key point).
I have the Speedwitch decal set for the model. The Speedwitch decal instructions indicate the first 50 cars in the series 89000-89049 had inverse dreadnaught ends, no end doors. However, photos show cars in the 89000-89049 series with end doors. A photo of 89169, the last car, also shows end doors. Therefore the decal set is incorrect for use for my model, since the model does not have end doors.
I don't know if Roundhouse/MDC/Athearn made a similar model with an end door. I could be wrong but I don't think they did. They certainly made a similar car with end doors, but I don't think they offered this body style, which is almost perfect for MoPac, with end doors.
Here's the question: Is there a prototype for the model referenced, without an end door? According to Focus on Freight Cars #1, MP had 1,000 of such cars, most without end doors. Does anyone have a photo from the other series without an end door?
Attached are a few photos. Note the model has no end door, but the proto-photo does.
Thanks in advance for your help!
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