Coal hopper molds

Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby j p » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:41 am

Perhaps, Atlas CNJ hoper in O and H0 scale could help?
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby scaro » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:34 am

this is likely the prototype that the old PVM ribside hopper was a model of.

note the angled line of rivets which show the fishbelly sill.

the new one is the much more common USRA design and has a straight sill.

using a combination of the kemtron 2 bay hopper, the old PVM one and these new ones, it ought to be possible to model an anthracite hauler pretty well. Lehigh & New England, Erie, or indeed CNJ/CRP come to mind.



Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby j p » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:33 am

I know, the pictures are here to help decipher the four lines of text under the logo.
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby Marquette » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:49 am


"Pere Marquette Revenue Freight Cars" has, on page 164, a lettering diagram for their USRA twin hoppers. This will tell you exactly what all the small text is. If you don't have this book I can scan the drawing for you. (And, well, I'd be all over this in decal/kit form, too! 4-5 for sure!)

EDIT: I also have at least one issue of Mainline Modeler that had an article on USRA open hoppers, which also presents numerous options for lettering this car.
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby railtwister » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:28 am


The new hopper looks great! I think I like it better as a USRA type than the fishbelly style. Any idea as to quantities, pricing, and when they might be available?

As a side note, the Western Maryland was one of the roads that used the fishbelly side cars, so the number of rungs on the ladders shouldn't be the dealbreaker, I've seen photos of cars with as many as six rungs on the ladder. I'm not sure if the WM had any USRA types, but they did have some types whose sides looked similar to the USRA's straight sills, except that instead of the stamped ribs, there were pieces of channel (attached so the flanges were facing out) supporting the sides.

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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby Arseny » Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:44 pm

The new hopper is excellent!
Please tell when it will be available for orders!
I'll order some.
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby ConducTTor » Tue Sep 25, 2012 2:00 pm

Also, is there a maximum number that can be ordered? I'm thinking of getting 15-20.
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby Bill Dixon » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:16 pm

ConducTTor wrote:Also, is there a maximum number that can be ordered? I'm thinking of getting 15-20.

Production will be almost unlimited. If the molds wear out another set can be made.
Not sure of the price yet but I think $20.00 plus decals and shipping and maybe a buck or tow for PayPal fees.

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Had a restless sleep last night so I got up and made schemes for my own railroads.
The first is for the Nicola Valley Railway, my first modeled railway in HO.
NVR 2-Bay Hopper.jpg

Nothing Fancy.

Then after it was determined that the NVR was too small a railroad for the freight car fleet I was amassing (52 ore cars plus many others) I started the Vancouver & Nicola Valley Railway.
VNV 2-Bay Hopper.jpg
The lettering scheme shows that it is part of the same family of railroads as the NVR.

Of course in more modern times paint schemes get simplified.
VNV Modern 2-Bay Hopper.jpg
A more streamlined font, initials rather than a spelled out name.

Then far in the future in the 60s or 70s when all the railroads are verging on bankruptcy, along comes a stock promoter who bundles up all three railroads (NVR, VNVR, NKS) into a shiny new package and sells stock in the new entity to unsuspecting buyers on the Vancouver, Venture, Exchange.
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby ART&DETAIL » Wed Sep 26, 2012 9:51 am

Hello people,

only for information, I am also ready with my 2bay open hopper - see attachement!

A&D 2bay open hopper
A&D 2bay open hopper - bottom
A&D 2bay open hopper - top
A&D 2bay open hopper - front
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Re: Coal hopper molds

Postby scaro » Wed Sep 26, 2012 10:44 am

interesting. this is a ten panel one. wonder what prototype?


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