SJLX 301 PS-2 covered hopper questions

Kurt Laughlin <fleeta@...>

I just came across an issue of the June 1995 Model Railroading with a photo of St. Joseph Lead Company PS-2 covered hopper #301. According to the caption is was in P-S lot 8914A of January 1958. It is marked ST J L CO in the photo but SJLX was the proper reporting mark for the company.

It's listed in my ORER, but was this car really interchanged? (The lading was probably zinc oxide, based on the cars herald.)

Is this paint scheme real? (The incorrect reporting mark leads me to think this was just a builder's photo.)

Was this scheme ever produced in HO?