My Library - Magazine Articles By Category: Freight Cars - Hoppers

A Kitbashed Santa Fe Class GA 131 Covered Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-02
Page:
59
Author:
Steve Funney
Scale:
HO
Description:
The model was kitbashed from an Atlas 6-bay cylindrical hopper.

ACF Center Flow

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-02
Page:
88
Author:
George Sebastian-Coleman
Description:
Prototype photos. Scale model drawings.

An N Scale Wagontop Covered Hopper

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2000-11
Page:
102
Author:
Keith M. Kohlmann
Scale:
N
Description:
Using a Fine N-scale Products wagontop box car, the author built a B&O class N-34 two-bay hopper. Includes model, construction, and prototype photos, as well as a parts list.

ATSF Unit Train Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-03
Page:
44
Author:
Stan Hayes
Scale:
O
Description:
The article describes how the author build jigs to enable him to build a large number of hoppers for his unit trains. Includes prototype photos, scale and detail drawings, and drawings of the jigs.

Build Southern's Big John

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1987-12
Page:
129
Author:
Franz Martin
Scale:
HO
Description:
Starting with a center-flow hopper kit, the author builds this unique car.

Building a Clinchfield PS-3 Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-11
Page:
75
Author:
Patrick Tillery
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author built these cars using Atlas Trainman AAR 70-ton hoppers. He has found that to be the most economical method to build a large fleet of these cars. Includes prototype and model photos, as well as a parts list.

Building Conrail Ballast Cars Part 1

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-11
Page:
74
Author:
Mike Rose
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using Atlas and MDC kits, model an ex-PC ballast car. Model and construction photos. Big article!

Building Conrail Ballast Cars Part II

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2002-12
Page:
74
Author:
Mike Rose
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes building Penn Central and Conrail H34C cars from Atlas and MDC models. Includes a prototype photo and several model photos.

Building Conrail Ballast Cars Part IV

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-02
Page:
66
Author:
Mike Rose
Scale:
HO
Description:
In this installment of the series the author covers the Conrail CC71B class #53858 and MGA (Monongahela Railroad) X-430 cars. Both are based on the Eastern Car Works flat kit. Prototype photos are included, including an inside view of one of the cars.

C&NW Grain Covered Hoppers in S Scale

Magazine:
Chicago & North Western Historical Society Modeler Volume 10, #1
Page:
49
Author:
Dan Vandermause
Scale:
S
Description:
The article shows the various grain hopper cars that are available in S-scale, straight from the box.

C&O's H-6 Twin Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1978-05
Page:
36
Author:
Robert Mohowski
Description:
This brief article describes the car, and includes lots of prototype photos, and scaled drawings.

Canadian National's 30-foot Twin Hoppers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-10
Page:
61
Author:
John Riddell
Description:
This article is mostly about the prototype hoppers owned by the Canadian National, including the Grand Trunk, Grand Trunk Western, and Central Vermont railroads. The article is accompanied by a table describing the original construction roster, scaled diagrams, comparison chart comparing the PRR GLa, B&O N-12, and USRA-spec twin hoppers, table of hoppers in service by year, and many prototype photos. The article concludes with how to model this car in HO- or O-scale.

Close Coupling Ore Cars

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
39
Author:
Joe Valerio
Scale:
N
Description:
Mounting MT 1060/1065 body mounted couplers to the Atlas ore cars for close-coupling, while still allowing the cars to be uncoupled. Shows construction photos.

Covered Hopper Detailing

Magazine:
N-Scale 2003-03/04
Page:
52
Author:
Steve Holtzheimer
Scale:
N
Description:
Bringing older models up to the standard of the new hoppers that are being released.

Creating a 3-bay PS-2 Hopper

Magazine:
S/Sn3 Modeling Guide 1995-06
Page:
16
Author:
Stan Stokrocki
Scale:
S
Description:
The author shows how he cut up 2 or 3 S-Helper Service PS-2 hoppers to build this model.

CSX Combining Objectives

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2016-04/05
Page:
18
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Scale:
S
Description:
The extended-height, coke-carrying, modernday hopper covered in the article started with an S Scale America H39 hopper. Includes construction and final photos.

Detailing a Lehigh Valley Hopper Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-05
Author:
Chuck Cover
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author modifies, super-details, and adds loads to older Lionel/Hobby Line quad hopper cars.

Detailing DL&W Hopper Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2015-05
Page:
40
Author:
William E. Botkin
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he detailed two versions of an Accurail USRA 8-panel hopper, and a Walthers DL&W 35-foot, 10-panel welded hopper. Includes model photos, construction details, two parts lists, and a couple of prototype photos.

Detailing The American Models Twin Hopper

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 2, Spring 1985
Page:
8
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
The American Models 1985 new hopper is based on a Unicast 55-ton outside-braced two-bay hopper. The author describes optional steps the modeler can take to make the model more detailed, covering grab irons, steps, couplers, brake details, cross-braces support, hopper door hardware, ladders, interior braces, glad hands, and painting the model.

Detailing The American Models Twin Hopper Part II

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 3, Summer 1985
Page:
8
Author:
Don Thompson
Scale:
S
Description:
The drawings of the car shown in the previous Dispatch were too small to be of any use, so this issue devotes two full pages to those drawings.

Drawings for American Models Twin Hopper

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 08, Number 2, Spring 1985
Page:
5
Author:
unknown
Scale:
S
Description:
Various small drawings of the car.

East Broad Top Coal Hoppers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1980-06
Page:
68
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
Prototype photos and scaled drawings accompany this brief article about these narrow gauge three-bay hoppers.

East Broad Top's 35-ton Triple Hoppers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1974-02
Page:
54
Author:
Tom O'Neil
Description:
Prototype photos and scale drawing accompany this article about these narrow gauge hopper cars.

Freelance Triple Hopper from an On3 Kit

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-04/05
Page:
26
Author:
Dick Karnes
Scale:
S
Description:
The author built an S-scale standard-gauge 70-ton 3-bay hopper from an EBT hopper kit marketed by CB&T Car Shops. Includes photos and construction diagrams, as well as a parts list.

Getting Lucky

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-04/05
Page:
44
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the process he went through to bring a brass freight car back to useful service after it had taken a nasty fall to the ground.

GN Bethlehem Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1996-02
Page:
99
Author:
Staffan Ehnbom
Description:
Using a Walthers hopper car, this article describes how to build one of these cars.

Great Northern Sand Cars

Magazine:
N Scale Railroading 2002-03/04
Page:
48
Author:
Brian Morgan
Scale:
N
Description:
How to kitbash a hopper into a yard's sand car.

Hart Selective Ballast Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1984-11
Page:
89
Author:
Andy Sperandeo
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using an Athearn quad hopper, the author built a ballast hopper for the Model Railroader layout built starting in January of 1982. Includes a prototype photo and drawings for the necessary modifications.

Here's What I'm Working On - Class H30's

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 39 October 2006
Page:
8
Author:
Bill Faith
Scale:
HO
Description:
Models made from RTV molds.

Improving the Looks of Your Iron-ore "Jimmies"

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1983-07
Page:
88
Author:
Jim Morin
Scale:
HO
Description:
Based on real-world experience the author describes how to do close coupling, and how to create realistic loads.

Improving the Pacific Rail Shops ACF Center-Flow Covered Hopper

Magazine:
1:64 Modeling Guide 2011 Spring
Page:
12
Author:
Phillipe Couqet
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how he modeled the PRS car, which is now sold by Des Plaines Hobbies under their S Scale America brand name, in a more modern version. Includes many model and construction photos.

Jim's Hopper Car

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-08/09
Page:
26
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how Jim Kindraka's covered hopper cars (resin kits) were completed. Includes model photos and one prototype photo of an NYC two-bay hopper.

Johnstown America's Grainporter

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-09
Page:
66
Author:
David S. Lehlbach
Description:
The Magor Company started building aluminum carbodies for covered hoppers to reduce the weight of the cars. The Johnstown America Corporation builds aluminum-bodied, coal-carrying Bethgons.

Kitbashing a Modern Trinity Aluminum Covered Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2011-12
Page:
73
Author:
Eric Miller
Scale:
HO
Description:
Using various parts from Atlas, Walthers, and Intermountain cars, the author built a covered hopper from an open hopper car.

Kitbashing a PRR H25 Hopper Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-09
Page:
75
Author:
Charles Cover
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author takes a Bowser H21 hopper and converts it into an H25. Includes prototype photos of both to see the differences. Lots of model photos are included as well, as well as a parts list.

Kitbashing an L&N 60-ton Rebuilt Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2003-03
Page:
59
Author:
Dan Bourque
Scale:
HO
Description:
Like the prototype, the author took a Athearn 50-ton hopper and converted it to this model. Includes cutting diagrams and materials list.

Kitbashing Narrow Gauge Hopper Cars

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-03
Page:
64
Author:
Albert J. Rost
Scale:
HOn3
Description:
The author built accurate models using the Tichy Train Group's standard gauge hoppers.

Maine Central Covered Hoppers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1995-11
Page:
110
Author:
Allan N. Houghton
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he modified MDC cars to use for heavy-duty cement and lime services. Includes one prototype photos, several model photos, and a parts list.

Mini-Quad Couplers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-07/08
Page:
38
Author:
Damian Kostron
Scale:
N
Description:
Modifying Rapido couplers to create I-beam couplers to permanently couple ore cars. The prototype did it that way also. The article shows before, construction, and after photos.

Modeling Southern Ry. 55-ton Offset Side Hoppers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-12
Page:
82
Author:
Jim King
Scale:
HO
Description:
These twin-bay steel hoppers are modeled by the author using an Athearn kit. The article includes prototype and model photos, and a parts list.

New Bulk Covered Hoppers

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-06/07
Page:
37
Author:
Glenn Guerra
Description:
The author shares a number of photos of two-bay covered hoppers that are only about a month old.

New York Central Lot 588-H Hopper

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2016-04/05
Page:
42
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Scale:
S
Description:
The author built this three-bay hopper by using two two-bay American Models hoppers. Includes construction photos.

Norfolk & Western HC-1 and HC-2 Covered Hoppers

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 5, October 1989
Page:
6
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Description:
The N&W cars are identical to the PRR H30/H30a and H32 class cars. A bit of information from the previous article by the author was corrected in this one, and he goes into greater detail about the 60 N&W cars. The PRR owned 1/3 of the common stock of N&W, which may have influenced the re-use of the design. Includes two prototype photos.

OC/CN Side Discharge Ore Car

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1972-11
Page:
51
Author:
Julian Cavalier
Description:
Includes prototype photos and scale drawings, with on a brief text.

Pennsy Class H21g Quad Hopper

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2002-03
Page:
100
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
The rebuild into H21g of over 6,000 hoppers began in 1960, with 3,000 still in operation in 1970. Includes prototype photos and scaled drawings.

Pennsylvania H30/H30a And H32 Covered Hopper Cars

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 12, Number 2, April 1989
Page:
16
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Description:
The author provides a more complete history of these cars. Includes several prototype photos and scaled drawings.

Pennsylvania H30A Covered Hoppers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1981-10
Page:
66
Author:
C.J. Riley
Description:
A brief description of this car, with prototype photos of the PRR, PC, and Conrail versions, and scaled drawings of the Conrail car.

Pennsylvania RR Open Quad Hoppers

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1989-08
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
A brief history and scaled drawings of the PRR H21 hopper.

Protofile Part 60

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-01
Page:
93
Author:
Douglas Fleming
Scale:
HO
Description:
This installment covers the Soo Line "Super Jumbo PS-2" covered hopper. Includes a prototype and a model photo, and a parts list.

Protofile: Modeling a U.S. Leasing Airslide Covered Hopper part 62

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1991-10
Page:
71
Author:
Charles Derus
Scale:
HO
Description:
This article covers the Rock Island covered hopper, and the author shows how he modeled one starting with a Eastern Car Works Airslide covered hopper kit. Includes model and prototype photos, as well as one drawing.

PRR 85-ton Quintuple Hopper Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-07
Page:
84
Author:
Gordon Odegard
Description:
PRR H24 #180002.

PRR Class H30 Three-Bay Covered Hopper Part 1

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 94 Autumn 2015
Page:
31
Author:
Greg Martin
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes improvements he has made to the Bowser model. A large part of the article is to simulate shadow-lines on the model, because our models are seldom viewed under ideal lighting conditions.

PRR Covered Hoppers - Prototypes and Models Part 1

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 06 January 2004
Author:
John Teichmoeller
Scale:
multi
Description:
These articles briefly describe the prototype and then some comments on how the car can be modeled in several scales. Includes representative prototype and model photos. This first article covers the following PRR covered hoppers: GLe, H21d, H30, H30a, H32, and H33.

PRR Covered Hoppers - Prototypes and Models Part 1 Addendum

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 07 February 2004
Page:
18
Author:
John Teichmoeller
Description:
Several drawings and photos of O-scale models of the GLe, H30, H32, and H33 classes.

PRR Covered Hoppers - Prototypes and Models Part 2

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 07 February 2004
Page:
8
Author:
John Teichmoeller
Description:
This installment covers the H34 and H40 covered hopper classes.

PRR GLA and GLCA Hopper Cars Part 1

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 73 Spring 2010
Page:
17
Author:
Jim Hunter
Description:
History of the GL, GLa, GLb, GLc, and GLca hoppers, and includes many prototype photos.

PRR H25 "Sawtooth" Quad Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1981-04
Page:
80
Author:
Brady J. McGuire
Scale:
HO
Description:
After a bit of history behind the development of this particular hopper, the author builds his models from an Athearn 40-foot, 70-ton quad hopper (the two center hoppers have to be reworked). Prototype, and model and construction photos are includes, as well as a part list.

PRR H30 Covered Hopper Model: HO Scale

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2014-02
Page:
84
Author:
John Riddell
Scale:
HO
Description:
This is a product review of the Bowser model. It also includes quite a bit of history on the prototype car, including the N&W similar cars. Includes one model photo of the completed car.

Re-detailing an FGDA PS-4740 Covered Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2008-01
Page:
71
Author:
Ken Edmier

Re-paint the Athearn GATC 2600 Airslide Hopper

Magazine:
Model Railroad Hobbyist 2016-10
Page:
95
Author:
Bob Rivard
Scale:
HO
Description:
Painting, applying decals, and weathering of this car.

Replacement Grain Hatches

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2005-08
Page:
58
Author:
Al Warren
Scale:
HO
Description:
Detailing hatches on covered grain hoppers.

Sand Hoppers For the RD&S Railroad

Magazine:
O Scale Resource 2017-01/02
Page:
54
Author:
Dan Dawdy
Scale:
O
Description:
The author transforms a Weaver PRR H30 and a N&W HC-1 covered hopper as sand service models for his layout. Includes lots of construction photos.

Scale Scene

Magazine:
S Gaugian 2011-03/04
Page:
10
Author:
Rusty Westermeier
Scale:
S
Description:
The author reviews the past and present availability of S-scale hoppers, and covers detailing the American Models and American Flyer cars. Photos of many of the hoppers are included.

Scratchbuild a Wartime Hopper Car Part 1

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-11
Page:
107
Author:
John R. Porter
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes how to scratchbuilt a wooden hopper in S-scale (differences between scales are discussed as they affect materials or steps). This installment describes how to build the center sill, bolsters, end sills and braces, underframe, brake rigging (both K-2 and AB brakes), kingpin blocks, the car's sides, the car's ends, the slope sheets, and assembling and details the superstructure. Includes many detailed drawings. (By the way, there is a photo of the author on the Web; he is the second one up from the lower right-hand corner)

Scratchbuild a Wartime Hopper Car Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-12
Page:
126
Author:
John R. Porter
Scale:
S
Description:
The author continues the article, this time building the center sill slopes, the midframe plates, the bottom slope plates, the hopper doors, and adding detailing, brake rigging, ladders, grab irons, and the couplers.

Scratchbuilding a G Scale Ore Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1990-02
Page:
110
Author:
Wayne Wesolowski
Scale:
G
Description:
Model and prototype photos, as well as scale drawings, of the Apache Railway's 22-foot ore car. Includes construction photos of this 1:24 scale model.

The G&W/Pacific Rail Shops ACF Center Flow Hopper Car

Magazine:
3/16 "S"cale Railroading 1991-12/01
Page:
14
Author:
Bob Werre
Scale:
S
Description:
The author describes the kit and the issues he noted as he built three of them. The article contains several model photos, and plenty of close-up prototype photos to aid the modeler.

The Kadee® PS-2 and the class H34

Magazine:
The Keystone Modeler 07 February 2004
Page:
15
Author:
Al Buchan
Description:
Prototype photos and drawing about the H34.

The Slippery Slope: Modeling Two WP Covered Hoppers

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 2006-12
Page:
98
Author:
Jim Providenza
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author converted the Athearn 55-foot ACF Centerflow WP hopper cars from 4 bays to 3, replaced grab irons and ladder rungs, and added roof hatches. Painting and weathering completed the project. The WP covered hopper roster is given, as well as a parts list. Includes prototype and model photos.

The Sterlingworth Steel Hopper Car

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1978-01
Page:
71
Author:
Earl Smallshaw
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he scratchbuilt this 1900s steel hopper out of styrene and brass. Includes model drawings and photos. A sidebar is included on how to build a rivet machine, which was documented in the June 1968 Model Railroader issue.

Three by Losse

Magazine:
The Keystone Vol 47 No.4
Page:
23
Author:
Bob Losse Jr.
Description:
A photos of an H21c, an X32, and unlabeled open-top, two-bay PRR hopper.

Tips for Modeling a Realistic Coal Train

Magazine:
Model Railroader 2014-10
Page:
22
Author:
Jim Hediger
Description:
Which kinds of hoppers to use for modeling a coal train in the era that you model.

Trinity 5161 Part 2

Magazine:
Model Railroading 2003-04
Page:
44
Author:
David G. Casdorph
Description:
Prototype photos of the CGEX closed hopper car.

Twin Quads?

Magazine:
NASG Dispatch Volume 33, Number 6, December 2009
Page:
15
Author:
Edwin C. Kirstatter
Description:
The author describes how he detailed two American Models 4-bay offset-side hoppers, including removable loads. One was modeled after a B&O and another after a C&O hopper. Includes several photos of the completed models.

Upgrading a PRR H21 Hopper

Magazine:
Railroad Model Craftsman 1994-12
Page:
94
Author:
Chuck Davis
Scale:
HO
Description:
After describing the history of this quad hopper, the author describes how he detailed the Bowser HO-scale model. The article includes several prototype photos and lots of model close-up photos.

Upgrading HO Hopper Car Kits

Magazine:
Model Railroader 1991-03
Page:
114
Author:
William Hanley
Scale:
HO
Description:
The author describes how he super-detailed an Athearn hopper car to make it look better so that it matches the Westerfield cars he also runs on his layout.

Weathering Hoppers

Magazine:
N-Scale 2000-09/10
Page:
45
Author:
Robert L. Hundman
Scale:
N
Description:
Weathering black hopper cars so that their detail shows up better in photographs.

What's On Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2015-12/01
Page:
35
Author:
Jim Kindraka
Scale:
S
Description:
In this new column, the author shares how he made the poling pockets for a hopper car.

What's on Your Workbench Today?

Magazine:
S Scale Resource 2016-10/11
Page:
45
Author:
Ken Zieska
Scale:
S
Description:
A SOO Line American Models hopper receives decals, and a Great Northern Wood Sheathed 10’ IH ARA box car built from a Standard Railway Casting Company kit.