Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)


armprem2 <armprem2@...>
 

Difficulty of construction? Bogus excuse.A hopper IMHO, is merely a box car without a roof or running board.Should be easier to build.My major complaint is the lack of variety.Armand Premo

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Subject: [STMFC] Re: Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)



Sheer puzzlement about hoppers being slow sellers. As a coal road modeler I can see that most modelers would only buy one road's hoppers. But they are slightly more than half of all the cars on my layout. Should be more, but I can't resist the occasional oddball boxcar you know.

George Courtney

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> Hear hear.Well put.Armand Premo
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> Subject: RE: [STMFC] Necessary Freight cars (UNCLASSIFIED)
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> Andy;
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> > A solid data package will go a long way to advance the possibility of
> > a model being produced.
> >>No doubt, but ........I've already talk to Exactrail and Tangent, they
> didn't seem to be very interested. The larger manufacturers like Athearn,
> Walthers, Atlas, already have a lot of coal hoppers in their lines already...
> ditto Bowser. Intermountain I haven't talked to about it, oddly enough, it's
> kind of up their alley - they have done a bunch of covered hoppers (albeit
> only one steam/transition era), and not a single coal hopper.
>
> You bring up another good point, and I have talked to a number of
> manufacturers about it; what type of cars sell best and get the most
> interest.
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> This is the inevitable answer:
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> Box cars, box cars, box cars;
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> Covered hoppers
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> Gondolas and flat cars
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> Open hoppers bringing up the rear.
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> There is a lot of speculation on why, including: RTR open hoppers are
> extremely costly to assemble, don't sell as well as other car types, and have
> big differences between RRs that render them applicable to only a handful of
> roads. Open hopper kits are "hard to assemble", and other reasons above.
>
> So, the answer we get, repeatedly, on the "why don't we have an alternate
> standard twin offset hopper" is: a) many detail differences between RRs, b)
> not enough major roads for one version to warrant doing one, c) people don't
> really buy a lot of open hoppers compared to other projects we could do that
> would do better, and d)... Richard Hendrickson won't buy any of them.
>
> I don't buy all of this, even the part about Richard, and will continue to
> work with open-minded manufacturers on ANY project that might benefit us. I
> also have hope we will see an alternate standard twin offset hopper in HO,
> just probably not RTR.
>
> Elden Gatwood
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