Yes those 14 railroads encompass about 10% of the Standard offset twins ever built. Kadee chose to do a prototype variation that eliminated doing the thousands upon thousands of cars owned by the L&N and B&O. I won't be holding my breath they will do these.
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--- In STMFC@..., "jim_mischke" <jmischke@...> wrote:
Ed Hawkins has lobbied Kadee for a long time to tool up for variations of their 50-ton open hopper. The ATSF hopper takes a minor prototype hardware change (Wine door locks instead of Enterprise? ... I forget now ... someone can speak up with specifics) from the basic Kadee hopper offered before. If Kadee is warming up to variations, maybe there are some more in the works. A B&O N-41/N-44 would be fun.
Manufacturers are drawn to multi-railroad prototypes like moths to light. For tooling economy, Kadee chose to produce a hopper variation with 14 road names. All smurfs except for Reading.
The future bodes well. Multi-roadname freight car product ideas not previously produced are getting scarce, and manufacturers are seriously considering one-road-name rolling stock in plastic. Unthinkable ten years ago.
--- In STMFC@..., Rhbale@ wrote:
Kadee has scheduled a May delivery date for one of its standard 50-ton
open-top 2-bay hoppers painted in box car red and decorated for ATSF road
number 78130. The car will come with Kadee's 2-piece, self-centering trucks and
be priced at $42.95.
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In a message dated 2/12/2011 8:42:11 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
This morning at coffee one of the locals said Kadee just announced a 'new'
two bay ATSF hopper. Anybody know anything about it?