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 Posted: Sun Mar 11th, 2018 10:52 am
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Next up, another converted 40' car. When the Southern needed a bunch of cars for carrying bulk powder, they again turned to their fleet of excess 40' boxcars.

Doors were secured so there wouldn't be an avalanche when they were opened, and holes were cut in the roof of the cars, with roof hatches being added, turning the boxcar into a mini-PS2 hopper.

The doors on these cars were painted yellow to show crews on the ground which boxcars had been converted - it's hard to see roof hatches from ground level!

Popular cargo for these cars was Georgia Kaolin, and Chalk.

Prototype photographs (From my collection - not sure where they originally came from):






My kitbashed version:







I've since given it a coat of brown paint from a rattle can, and lettered one side for the Southern, though I need some more decals to complete the model.

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Over the last couple of evenings I've started working on weathering the CoG boxcar, using prototype photographs as a guide.


Next, the progress so far on replicating it. At this stage it's had a base rust colours applied with acrylic paint, then the rust built up with oil paint, and then weathering chalks added to the still wet oil paint.





The next steps for this car is to seal the work so far with dulcote once the oil paint has dried, then hit the whole car with a wash of isopropyl alcohol and india ink to dull down the shine on the car sides.


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Dan,

On those converted boxcars for carrying powder how where they unloaded?

Can't see for sure but there doesn't look like there were any dump gates on the underside.

I was planning on building a couple of wood-sided boxcars modified for carrying salt with some hatches on the roof.



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Michael, the crews opened the boxcar doors and then went at them with shovels, I believe.

Backbreaking work, I'm sure!



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Some mills or storage facilities receiving grain (and of course other commodities), if their destinations regularly received 40 boxcars in the 50s, 60s and into the 70s, had tilt beds to help dump the cars.  I am sure that they had to be finished off with shovels.  There's a picture in Tony Thompson's SP boxcar book of one in use.  I have seen others too, maybe in a GN book and I think at Albina Yard (Portland), Oregon on the UP. 

40' boxcars were used extensively for grain and mineral shipments well into the 1970s before there were enough covered hoppers.  It was the last great use of the ubiquitous 40' single door boxcar (my favorite car).  I found a bunch of unused paper "grain" doors at an abandoned mineral plant in Mina, NV in the 1980s after the tracks were torn up.  They had (if I remember correctly) metal stiffener bands imbedded in the paper.  These plants shipped late into the 1970s.

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Daniel wrote: "The next steps for this car is to seal the work so far with dulcote once the oil paint has dried, then hit the whole car with a wash of isopropyl alcohol and india ink to dull down the shine on the car sides."
 
Daniel - some thoughts on using Dull Coat and Isopropyl alcohol. First be careful and check on something that you don't mind ruining. I've seen on my own work, and read reports from others, that isopropyl alcohol clouds when in the presence of Dullcote. You can fix that with an overspray of said Dullcote however.
 
I no longer use Dullcote. I prefer to use a mix of:
  1. direct abrasive weathering (gentle rubbing down of the pad printed/applied decals)
  2. application of an acrylic base weathering (to dull or apply the base fading)
  3. use of the time tested (at least for me) RustAll system for rust on flat surfaces
  4. Oils for application of rusting streaks and patterns on car sides and ends
  5. Weathering powders for the final blending of all the weathering and to provide staining and wear and tear internally of cars that allow that to be shown
Here are a couple of links to my Atlas O scale cars on my blog:
40 foot high cube: https://huntervalley...-foot-hi-cubes/


50 foot Evans Plug Door boxcar: https://huntervalley...ug-door-boxcar/

No Dullcote, just as mentioned above. Hope that this helps.

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Nice, thanks for the advice!

I think I'll go back to washes of watercolour paints then. :)



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I vaguely remember an article, I think in RMC, about some box cars used to carry fresh cow hides.  Large hatches were installed on the roof for loading.



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Finally got the chains finished on the woodchip hopper:




Once I get the final decals for it, I'll be applying those and then sorting a load for it before weathering it up. :)



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