Chesapeake Models Hoppers, 3-bay Open Top

Manufacturer:Chesapeake Models
Category:Hoppers, 3-bay Open Top
Road Name:Cambria and Indiana (CI)
Model Introduced:1995
Product Type:Ready-to-Run
Altoona Area Train Collectors commissioned this car for the 1995 NASG Convention. The car came equipped with S-Helper Service trucks, Kadee 802 couplers (for the "scale" version), and the Blue Mountain coal load. The plastic ladders shown in the package in the main photo was also included. However, Jace put the Des Plaines Hobbies wire grab irons on his model. He also added the Des Plaines Hobbies weights (not a trivial task).
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model owned by Jace Kahn
photo © Jace Kahn
Manufacturer:Chesapeake Models
Category:Hoppers, 3-bay Open Top
Road Name:Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR)
Prototype Class:H39
Model Introduced:1995
Product Type:Kit
Prototype information about this car is covered starting on page 112 of John Teichmoeller's "Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Open Hopper Cars" book, published by Highlands Station, Inc.

A product review of this model appeared in the April 1995 issue of the S/Sn3 Modeling Guide.

The kit consisted of a one-piece injected styrene body (pre-painted black and lettered), a separate underframe, and three sprues of detail parts. As built per instructions, the car weighs a light 3.2oz. The project was started by John Craft, owner of Chesapeake Models, but it was under-capitalized, so eventually Des Plaines Hobbies bought it out (November 1995) and brought the car to market. It was the 1995 NASG Convention car.
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