The last post shared detail on a line up card I created to organize work on eleven freight cars that waited at the paint booth. A few models have been moving forward with decal application.
Three hoppers now have new lettering for updated weigh data and repack stencils like this Western Maryland car. The crew is wrapping up the details on a fourth car.
Two more hoppers are now decaled following Pennsylvania Railroad practices of the mid-1920s. I used a Westerfield Models set for Pennsy GLa hoppers (item # D5701).
This prototype image inspired the lettering on one of the hoppers. The Monongahela Railway Company online photograph collection on the Historic Pittsburgh digital image website is loaded with images. There are many photos from the 1904-1934 years that are a window into places and equipment long gone.
I decided to follow the new AAR lettering guidelines for the other Pennsy hopper. While these took effect on January 1, 1927, the PRR was an early adopter of the new weigh data presentation with separate Load Limit and Light Weight data. This hopper would have gone through the shop for rebuilding or a major repair then repainted and lettered.
The nuances of updated weigh and repack data, and the weigh data presentation changes are elements I consider as each freight car model moves toward completion. The extra effort makes it worthwhile for my November 1926 modeling focus.
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