Recently I picked up an undated photo of a unique GBW hopper #4065 from the
collection of Stan Mailer. See this image:
I don't have much background on this car, but information in the 8/91
Mainline Modeler says that these cars were acquired 10/24, ex-UGN. The back
of my photo has handwriting "AFE 316K 7-12-24". The lettering and other
clues leads me to believe that the image is from the late 1930s. What
railroad was "UGN?" Should that have been "VGN"?
It's been pointed out that Funaro & Camerlengo has a "1919 Southern Wood
Sealy Hopper" model of SOU 283331 (re:
which looks like a very
close to this prototype.
I'm not familiar with the Southern's hoppers - is the F&C kit a match for a
SOU prototype? (They have a reputation for prototype fidelity, so I'd assume
More importantly, is the F&C hopper a close match for the GBW hopper image I
referenced? It sure looks like it is - if there are differences you are
aware of I'd like to hear what they are.
All comments are appreciated. Thanks.
Whitefish Bay, Wis.
16 years ago