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[DRGW] HO scale D&RGW hopper cars question stone.jim1@gmail.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...) 2017-03-02 21:56:29
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Re: [DRGW] Re: HO scale D&RGW hopper cars question Jim Stone stone.jim1@gmail.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...) 2017-03-02 16:49:21
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Re: [DRGW] Re: HO scale D&RGW hopper cars question jimfitch3@gmail.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...) 2017-03-03 02:54:19
Re: [DRGW] HO scale D&RGW hopper cars question Jim Eager jeager@sympatico.c... [DRGW] (DRGW@yahoogroups.c...) 2017-03-02 22:06:18
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Now that I&#39;m home and have my copy of Jim Eager&#39;s Color Guide I found the prototype photo of the 18500-18999 series coal cars.<div><br></div><div>I&#39;ve got an enlarged photo from Athearn&#39;s website to refresh my memory:</div><div><br></div><div><font color="#404040" face="Helmet, Freesans, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size:16px;"><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=ATH76445">http://www.athearn.com/Products/Default.aspx?ProdID=ATH76445</a></span></font><br></div><div><font color="#404040" face="Helmet, Freesans, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><br></font></div><div><font color="#404040" face="Helmet, Freesans, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif">So it looks like the Athearn car is upgraded from the old MDC 3-bay tooling. &nbsp;The lettering matches the prototype pretty well but the car has some significant differences. &nbsp;The Athearn model is visibly shorter and covered with rivets, while the prototype is longer and of mostly welded construction. &nbsp;I actually sold my only MDC car of the same basic heritage in favor of the Atlas model, so I don&#39;t have it anymore to put my scale rule up to for metrics.</font></div><div><font color="#404040" face="Helmet, Freesans, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><br>So depending on how discriminating you are, the Athearn/MDC 3-bay is not a very close match but more of a stand-in. &nbsp;While Athearn did upgrade the car and appears to have wire grab irons, it&#39;s still &quot;off&quot;. &nbsp;Instead, I decided to go with the Atlas Trainman 3-bay hopper. &nbsp;Isn&#39;t an exact match either but appears to be much closer being longer more like the prototype and welded construction.</font></div><div><font color="#404040" face="Helmet, Freesans, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><br></font></div><div><font color="#404040" face="Helmet, Freesans, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"><a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="http://www.atlastrainman.com/Images/HOFreight/HO70ton9panel/0608/931C_TQ.jpg">http://www.atlastrainman.com/Images/HOFreight/HO70ton9panel/0608/931C_TQ.jpg</a><br></font></div><div><br></div><div>So it&#39;s your call. &nbsp;Jim Eager may offer some comments.</div><div><br></div><div>BTW, if you are interested in 3-bay coal cars, don&#39;t forget the Stewart/Bowser 12 and 14 panel hoppers in the 17xxx series. &nbsp;They are on the same page in Jim Eager&#39;s Color Guide - page 79.</div><div><br></div><div>Cheers, Jim Fitch</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><br></div>



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