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OldEastRR

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Timeline for Atlas 2-bay centerflow/covered hopper
« on: January 27, 2017, 10:43:16 PM »
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Thinning out my stock of stuff built after 1955. Don't think this guy makes the cut.
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Re: Timeline for Atlas 2-bay centerflow/covered hopper
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2017, 01:43:11 AM »
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No, the first "modern" Centerflows came out in the mid 1960s.  There was an earlier cylindrical design, but even it was an early 60s car.  About the only widely used covered hoppers in the 50s were the 2 and 3-bay PS/ACF "cement cars".
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Re: Timeline for Atlas 2-bay centerflow/covered hopper
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2017, 09:29:23 AM »
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Pushed my own timeline from 1954 to 56 when Kato released their El Capitan (I rode those hi level cars to and from LA when visiting relatives in my teens- couldn't pass them up), and was surprised at how many freight cars began to make their appearance about that time. As noted by Nkalanaga, no centerflows, of course, but seems like railroads were replacing a lot of older cars in the mid 50s.  Let me run the Athearn 2893 cu ft hoppers (as GA-94) and the BLMA (I think) 60' flats (as F-5s, I think, might be I should look that up), and I don't need to weather them much, given the paint would have hardly been dry on them in real life.

Of course, on the eastern side of the country, you have the BLI PRR H32.  Which has always struck me as a huge car given its 1948 production date. Can't imagine it was used for cement- that many cu ft of cement would have ground off the wheels.  What was it built to carry?
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Re: Timeline for Atlas 2-bay centerflow/covered hopper
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2017, 09:54:35 AM »
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Back to the original question....

Spookshow's site describes the car: "ACF two-bay centerflow hoppers first started appearing in the mid-1960s. However, since Atlas's model lacks the earlier version's horizontal side ribs, this particular car represents a later design (built in the early 1970s)."

His list of N scale covered hoppers- note original build dates are in the left hand column (of course, mileage may vary as some cars were in production for many years)-
http://www.spookshow.net/freight/freight.php?hopperc=8&rtr=16&kit=17&plastic=18&brass=19&resin=20&metal=21&wood=22&sort1=3&sort2=2&sort3=4&compress=1&Submit=Submit
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Re: Timeline for Atlas 2-bay centerflow/covered hopper
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2017, 08:49:33 PM »
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Figured it must be '60s or later -- just looking at it I said "That doesn't look like 1955".