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Throwback Tuesday: Rail Road Progress Hopper Kits


Benjamin Hom
 

Rail Road Progress ad, December 1987 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.


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Gary Roe
 

Ben,

Was their kit 36L what became Eastern Car Works kit #5000?

gary roe
quincy, Illinois




On ‎Tuesday‎, ‎February‎ ‎19‎, ‎2019‎ ‎08‎:‎49‎:‎06‎ ‎PM‎ ‎CST, Benjamin Hom <b.hom@...> wrote:


Rail Road Progress ad, December 1987 issue of Railroad Model Craftsman.


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Bill Welch
 

I would love to one of these built up, I remember the ads but without seeing one close up, I was always reluctant to give them a try.

Bill Welch


jerryglow2
 

I seem to remember they were lacking rivet detail. Easily solved now with Archer decal rivets..


Dave Boss
 

Hello
                I have here a couple of Rail Progress cars that I built back in the late 1980s when these cars first came out as accurate hopper car kits for the times. I did add some details to enhance the models that didn't come with the kits. I've had these at RPM meets in the past but I have over heard folks commenting that they thought they were nicely detailed Bowser kits. 

            Dave

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 9:25 AM Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:
I would love to one of these built up, I remember the ads but without seeing one close up, I was always reluctant to give them a try.

Bill Welch


Bill Welch
 

Wow, these look good Dave.

Bill Welch


mopacfirst
 

Wow, I don't even remember this company.  I was an active modeler then, and was actually in the country after having been on assignment.  What I do remember about that era, and a few years later, was that there was active competition between resin and brass as to which medium was going to be more successful in producing accurate freight car models.  Injection-molded plastic was still the domain of Athearn and MDC.

Of course, I was a Midwest modeler, so I might not have paid attention to coal hoppers......

Ron Merrick


O Fenton Wells
 

They do look good Dave, thanks for sharing.
Fenton

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 12:08 PM Dave Boss <daveboss1976@...> wrote:
Hello
                I have here a couple of Rail Progress cars that I built back in the late 1980s when these cars first came out as accurate hopper car kits for the times. I did add some details to enhance the models that didn't come with the kits. I've had these at RPM meets in the past but I have over heard folks commenting that they thought they were nicely detailed Bowser kits. 

            Dave

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 9:25 AM Bill Welch <fgexbill@...> wrote:
I would love to one of these built up, I remember the ads but without seeing one close up, I was always reluctant to give them a try.

Bill Welch



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Garth Groff <sarahsan@...>
 

Jerry,

You are right about the rivets. The side stakes appear to have rivet detail, but there are no rivets along the end slopes on the sides, or on the ends where the end sheet joins the slope sheet. I'm sure there are a lot of other places where rivets are missing. Yes, one can use Archer rivets.

If I needed one of these cars for a specific prototype and nobody else made them, I might buy one at a train show. As it is, pretty much all of my hopper needs have been filled.

Yours Aye,


Garth Groff

On 2/20/19 11:41 AM, jerryglow2 wrote:
I seem to remember they were lacking rivet detail. Easily solved now with Archer decal rivets..


Benjamin Hom
 

Gary Roe asked:
"Was their kit 36L what became Eastern Car Works kit #5000?"

Same prototype (N&W Class H-2A). but completely different kits.  The Rail Road Progress kit was a styrene craftsman kit; the Eastern Car Works kit was an injection-molded kit.


Ben Hom