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AHM 40' 8-panel gondola


Richard Townsend
 

I was going through my junk box this morning and came a cross an AHM 40-foot, eight-panel gondola. It got me wondering: is there a prototype for this car? A quick look through several Carbuilder Cycs came up with plenty of nine-panel cars, but no eights. Any suggestions?

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR

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Richard Townsend
 

Oh, by the way it's solid bottom. No drop doors.

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR


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Subject: [RealSTMFC] AHM 40' 8-panel gondola

I was going through my junk box this morning and came a cross an AHM 40-foot, eight-panel gondola. It got me wondering: is there a prototype for this car? A quick look through several Carbuilder Cycs came up with plenty of nine-panel cars, but no eights. Any suggestions?

Richard Townsend
Lincoln City, OR

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Bill Welch
 

Hard to tell w/o a photo of the model but the L&N owned 10,000 8-panel 7-rib cars, NC&StL 1.150,  and Southern 4,450 cars, all kited by Sunshine. These are high side gons for coal, etc.

Bill Welch


Benjamin Hom
 

Richard Townsend asked: 
"I was going through my junk box this morning and came a cross an AHM 40-foot, eight-panel gondola. It got me wondering: is there a prototype for this car? A quick look through several Carbuilder Cycs came up with plenty of nine-panel cars, but no eights. Any suggestions? Oh, by the way it's solid bottom. No drop doors."

Bill Welch wrote:
"Hard to tell w/o a photo of the model..."

Photo attached - this is one of the most common models out there, originally introduced by Varney during their switch to styrene, copied by Rivarossi and Cox, and later offered by Walthers, Life-Like, and Bachmann.  It's a plausible model - it's not outlandish like the Athearn 50 ft gon, but the problem is it doesn't match any known prototype.

However, it's so common that I'm considering using it for a bunch of ersatz "Tan Dot" SP gons as I have more than a few on hand, saving the Red Caboose and Detail Associates models for foreground models.  Here's Jason Hill's approach on doing this:


Ben Hom



Jeffrey White
 

IC 97250 and 97251 rebuilt at Centralia in 1950 to carry calcium carbide containers. 3 more cars, 97252 -  97254 rebuilt in 1952 and 7 more, 97255 - 97262 in 1953.  There were 763 without the provisions for the containers,  97263-97999. rebuilt at Centralia in 1950.  The diagram sheet says they were rebuilt from various cars. The original cars were numbered 203700-205839 from various builders in 1923.  They were rebuilt the first time at McComb, MS in 1943 and numbered 89000-89999.  These are low side gons (3' 5 1/2" from the floor to the top)  but they are 8 panel gons.  Still on the roster in 1960. 

Jeff White

Alma, IL

On 3/13/2019 4:50 PM, Benjamin Hom wrote:

Richard Townsend asked: 
"I was going through my junk box this morning and came a cross an AHM 40-foot, eight-panel gondola. It got me wondering: is there a prototype for this car? A quick look through several Carbuilder Cycs came up with plenty of nine-panel cars, but no eights. Any suggestions? Oh, by the way it's solid bottom. No drop doors."

Bill Welch wrote:
"Hard to tell w/o a photo of the model..."

Photo attached - this is one of the most common models out there, originally introduced by Varney during their switch to styrene, copied by Rivarossi and Cox, and later offered by Walthers, Life-Like, and Bachmann.  It's a plausible model - it's not outlandish like the Athearn 50 ft gon, but the problem is it doesn't match any known prototype.

However, it's so common that I'm considering using it for a bunch of ersatz "Tan Dot" SP gons as I have more than a few on hand, saving the Red Caboose and Detail Associates models for foreground models.  Here's Jason Hill's approach on doing this:


Ben Hom



John Hile
 

Take a look at C&EI 95300-95399.  Go to "Photos" section of this group, and search "95300" and you will find a pic and data sheet from C&EI Modeling News.

John Hile
Blacksburg, VA


Tim O'Connor
 

John,

I haven't been following this - but are you saying you think the AHM gondola is good for this car?

On 3/16/2019 6:36 PM, John Hile via Groups.Io wrote:
Take a look at C&EI 95300-95399.  Go to "Photos" section of this group, and search "95300" and you will find a pic and data sheet from C&EI Modeling News.

John Hile
Blacksburg, VA
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*Tim O'Connor*
*Sterling, Massachusetts*


John Hile
 

Tim,

Merely directing Mr. Townsend to information on an 8-panel gondola.

Thanks for posting that pic.

John Hile
Blacksburg, VA