After several trips to the coal fields in Eastern Kentucky, I had asked my friend Dan Bourque to look over a few track plans I had sketched out of the E&BV and Long Fork subs out of Martin, KY. Most all of the loaders were still active during my early CSX modeling era. After a few revisions, here is the plan that he came up with.
Monday, April 5, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Saturday, February 27, 2021
I've been enjoying making these small grab iron modifications to these stock Bowser painted hopper kits. I also realized that by cutting away the molded on grab irons, it exposes the air tank, which really needs a bracket. This was made with a small scrap of .10 styrene cut into a triangle. The H-48 class hopper actually had a split side panel, however I didn't want to attempt that to a pre-decorated car. It turns out that Vallejo black is a very close color match to the Bower kit. Some light weathering blends everything together.
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
C&O/Chessie 100 ton 3 bay hopper #159858, built in 1977, part of a 2000 car order from Raceland Car Shops. This car was built from an undecorated Bowser kit with Steel Valley Models decals. I scratchbuilt the end grabs/ladder to match the prototype as before but this time used .20x.30 styrene strip instead. I think it looks much better than my previous attempt.