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ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« on: February 27, 2014, 12:31:45 PM »
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Forgive the middle age memory lapse; who makes an N scale ACF 70 ton, two bay covered hopper model ? I know I've seen them out there (I think I even might have the "GE Lamp" version somewhere) but for the life of me I can't remember who makes these. There were "gazillions" of them, painted black; often with the ACF leasing road marks and private lease names in white....

Any help to a middle aged mindless modeller most appreciated.............  :?

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2014, 12:33:25 PM »
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Deluxe and Kato I believe...

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2014, 12:35:24 PM »
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Yes !!!!!!!!!!! Deluxe made the GE Lamp version and Kato did the two packs............. Thanks Cory !
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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2014, 12:47:17 PM »
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The Deluxe versions are rough, but I think have been upgraded slightly over the years(?).

The Kato version as really nice and with a little drilling and filing, can be made into an open side.


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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014, 12:51:08 PM »
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Yes !!!!!!!!!!! Deluxe made the GE Lamp version...


Hmm... did GE ship light
bulbs in their covered
hoppers...?


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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2014, 04:17:52 PM »
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This image is reversed, but it shows those GE lamps cars about a mile from me at the GE light bulb plant:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/barrigerlibrary/12468922664/in/set-72157640479663145

The plant is now being torn down. The car are up on the trestle in this view:
http://binged.it/1hX1Ey7

Last 11 photos here are of it being tore down:
https://picasaweb.google.com/ErieChris333/OldBuildings
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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2014, 04:26:07 PM »
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Here's the Kato car opened up in the 'still waiting for decals to be printed even though I did the artwork 6 years ago' phase. 



I did have to add the vibrator castings.

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #7 on: February 27, 2014, 04:32:50 PM »
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Artwork for GE  :lol: or something else?   

I have the Deluxe car, but would rather have a Kato car done up.

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #8 on: February 27, 2014, 04:41:11 PM »
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The plant is now being torn down. The car are up on the trestle in this view:
http://binged.it/1hX1Ey7


Sad.  I wonder the reason for the little S Curve from the mainline to the trestle?
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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2014, 04:48:07 PM »
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Artwork for GE  :lol: or something else?   

No GE artwork.  :|


The car's been done a few times by different manufacturers, we could probably put something together. 

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #10 on: February 27, 2014, 04:57:01 PM »
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Microscale has a sheet of private lease names for the ACF 70 ton hoppers (MS 60-661) I have and want to use for a couple of Westvaco cars (perfect for delivering chemicals to my papermill)

I will have to fins a few of the Kato or Deluxe cars - perfect reason to go to a couple of local shows and search the vendor tables................
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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #11 on: February 27, 2014, 04:59:12 PM »
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Sad.  I wonder the reason for the little S Curve from the mainline to the trestle?

There was also a switch-back that dipped down and back under the trestle. Somewhere I have a photo with an Erie S12 backing under the trestle.

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #12 on: February 27, 2014, 05:40:23 PM »
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Go with the Kato car and modify the sides if necessary.  It's easy enough to body-mount couplers, and all the undec parts are available through their website if cars can't be had on the secondary markets.
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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #13 on: February 27, 2014, 09:35:03 PM »
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So how much is one of the Kato cars worth on the used market?  Bit old for my era, so I have no use for one I got in a lot a few years ago.

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Re: ACF 70 ton two bay hopper
« Reply #14 on: February 27, 2014, 09:39:18 PM »
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The MS New Haven decal sheet has covered hopper decals -- they're for the PS version but it was close enough to the ACF for me to use on the opened-up Katos. The problem with those guys is the Kato trucks/couplers don't play well with others.