Accurail B&O hopper car herald

Jim Mischke



Accurail has offered a B&O offset side twin hopper as class N-35 in the wartime Kuhler scheme which B&O used during 1940-1945).




This model contains a common inaccuracy.    The prototype 24-inch Kuhler dome herald B &O used from 1937-1945 had an closed ampersand ... looks like a backwards "3" on a pogo stick.    The model uses a dome herald with a closed ampersand "&"  ... on every computer keyboard, above the seven .... which B&O used on freight cars between 1962 and 1966, by which time the N-35 hoppers were virtually extinct.


This herald confusion is not their first.  My Accurail USRA twin hoppers in the 13 great states scheme (used 1946-1953) features the stationary and timetable printed herald, not the 25" freight car stencil.  The difference is the 'B&O" font within the herald.


Both models force a hunt for decal scraps, accurate B&O heralds in correct sizes are surprisingly hard to find.  Westerfield's 13 great states decals are an unprototypical 30-inch diameter.   Prototype 13 states heralds were 12", 25", and 33-inch only.


Accurail offers renumber decals, perhaps they may consider B&O reherald decals.




B&OHS has some lettering guides ....


B&O hopper car scheme link:


B&O herald link:


B&O boxcar lettering link:









Jim Mischke



I misspoke.   The linking B&O linking 13 states herald was used in only three sizes, 12", 25", and 36" (not 33 inch), between 1945 and 1963.

The 12 inch herald was for flat cars.   The 25 inch was used on ribbed cars, the largest that would fit most applications.  The 36" herald was used on flat sided cars.


Downloadable drawings, graphics and tallies ca be found on the B&OHS site.


link:  B&ORRHS: B&O Logos & Fonts