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mightypurdue22

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Repurposing BLI H2As for Aggregate Loads
« on: April 18, 2018, 04:59:19 PM »
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I purchased a 6-pack of C&NW H2As at a highly discounted price.  Got excited about that price and just went for it only to find out they didn't exist in the C&NW fleet that I can find.  They're too small for running coal on my layout and just don't look quite right.  In anyone's opinion, could I successfully re-purpose these as aggregate cars?  Would typical ballast cars be of similar size?  Thoughts?

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Dave

prr7161

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Re: Repurposing BLI H2As for Aggregate Loads
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2018, 08:18:29 PM »
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Don't know if the N&W ever put these cars in ballast service, but the 70-ton capacity is reasonable for ballast hauling.


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Re: Repurposing BLI H2As for Aggregate Loads
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2018, 01:31:11 AM »
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Ballast has been hauled in almost anything that can be bottom dumped.  The BN even used iron ore cars for it.  They wouldn't hold a capacity load, but were paid for, and available.
N Kalanaga
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nscalbitz

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Re: Repurposing BLI H2As for Aggregate Loads
« Reply #3 on: April 22, 2018, 01:16:21 AM »
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Make 'em rusty and dusty, with a half load line inside and scratched paint surfaces inside and out.
I use groups of 3; if they're mainly for decoration, leave two loaded and one coloured and debris in the bottom.
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Re: Repurposing BLI H2As for Aggregate Loads
« Reply #4 on: April 22, 2018, 03:16:19 PM »
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The H2a hoppers were a Norfolk & Western design.  Besides the 17” & 24” N&W lettering, the B&O, PRR, WAB, and IC schemes are also correct for leased/sold cars.
There are very few widespread car designs.   Even PS1 boxcars have variations road to road and construction lot to lot.
Aggregate service is a good use for the C&NW cars.
Charlie Vlk