Your comments below are, as usual, well-informed. But are you saying
that the new IM gondolas are inaccurate altogether, or simply
inaccurate for post-depression modelers? In other words, are the
cars as modeled and lettered by Intermountain accurate for the 1920s?
--- In STMFC@yahoogroups.com, Richard Hendrickson <rhendrickson@...>
Almost all of these USRA gondolas were either extensively rebuilt or
retired before/during WW II. The MC model has '20s lettering; all of
these cars were rebuilt by the NYC with steel bodies during the '30s.
Most of the C&NW and MP cars were rebuilt in the '30s with Dreadnaught
ends and other betterments. The C&O cars, ex-Hocking Valley, were
rebuilt in the '30s with steel sides and Dreadnaught ends, likewise the
W&LE cars and the NC&StL cars (rebuilt in 1939/'40). The Southern cars
were gone from the roster by the end of WW II, if not earlier. Only
the KCS cars survived in more or less original form until after WW II,
and by 1953 most of them had their wood side sheathing and floors
replaced with steel.
In short, not a lot of good news for prototype modelers here.