On Apr 15, 2008, at 6:17 AM, David North wrote:
ATSF rostered 70 ton 3 bays from at least 3 makers. Some of the
GA-43, GA-73 & GA-86 from ACF
GA-77 & GA-81 from PSCM
GA-100 & GA-109 & GA-121 from GAT
Is the Accurail 3 bay hopper a match for any of these?
I haven't seen one of these in the flesh. Only the pic on their
I actually thought the Stewart 70ton 3 bay was good for one/some of
Now I'm wondering if these two models represent the same car.
Or perhaps more correctly if the ACF, PSCM and GAT cars are of
The early class Ga-21 (1929) and Ga-43 (1936) three bay hoppers were
built to a design that, AFAIK, has never been modeled. The post-WW-
II Santa Fe three bay hoppers, beginning with class Ga-73, were all
built to the AAR standard design which is accurately modeled by both
the Stewart/Bowser and Accurail cars. I apologize for overlooking
the Accurail hopper as an accurate model of a Santa Fe prototype car.