Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Inverness Hopper Fleet

     Today I decided it was time I got to work on part of the Inverness hopper fleet. For the last six or eight months, I've been scouring eBay looking for any reasonably priced 55Ton hoppers. As of right now I have about twenty-five hoppers, split 50/50 between Micro-Trains and Atlas. The MTL cars are superior in detail to the Atlas cars, but are twice the cost. Some are flat-end, some are peaked-end, some are arched-end, and some are notched-end, but all are painted for foreign roads that would likely have never shown up in Cape Breton, with the exception of CP 354116.

     Canadian Pacific operated the Dominion & Atlantic Railway for a number of years, so it's quite conceivable that one of their coal hoppers may have been "borrowed" by CNR, or even sent to CNR empty for a load of coal - thus it shall remain in Canadian Pacific Script livery.. but I'm wandering off-topic.

     So into the 99% Isopropyl Alcohol bath the rest of them will go - probably in batches of 9.

     The first group taking a bath.

     About fours hours later, a gentle scrub with an old toothbrush, and I'm left with these:

     They're all ready for paint and decals. Stay tuned for more on that later.

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