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    Default New Athearn Conrail 3 Bay Open Hopper - is it prototypical?

    Hi all! Athearn just released pictures of new hoppers. The are showing this Conrail hopper. I've never seen a 3 bay gray CR hopper like this. I did a Google search and still no luck. Did Conrail actually have any of these? Or is this a fantasy scheme? Thank you!
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    Conrail painted ballast service cars gray. I can't speak to the accuracy of the scheme on this car, but that's a good place to start your research.

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    Basing this off gut feeling alone but the reporting marks being centered is a hallmark of PRR mow stuff right? So they might be shooting for a former PRR ballast hopper.

    Ala something like this:
    http://sbiii.com/fulthrtl/pamowpro.jpg
    Wrong type of hopper but you get the idea
    Did someone say whitcomb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by railohio View Post
    Conrail painted ballast service cars gray. I can't speak to the accuracy of the scheme on this car, but that's a good place to start your research.
    Thank you! I looked on railpicturearchives.net under the ballast cars and can't find this scheme. There are many two bay hoppers of all sorts and there are 3 bay hoppers, but all are either black or red.

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    Along with the SPSF-marked Kodachrome SD70s they also announced (before any ATSF/BNSF or SP units...), I wouldn't be too surprised if those hoppers were alternate reality models too...

    Heiko

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    CR didn't have any ballast cars like the one Athearn car shown. The general consensus on another forum is that most if not all the schemes are foobs to some extent.

    http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Con...OW/BallastCars

    http://crcyc.railfan.net/mow/ballast/mwballast.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by bman View Post
    CR didn't have any ballast cars like the one Athearn car shown. The general consensus on another forum is that most if not all the schemes are foobs to some extent.

    http://conrailphotos.thecrhs.org/Con...OW/BallastCars

    http://crcyc.railfan.net/mow/ballast/mwballast.html
    Thanks for confirming my hunch!

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