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Car in Context: B&O PS4000 Covered Hopper

Here is a nice in service photo of “class car” B&O 831000, part of B&O class N-48, which was a total of 45 PS4000 covered hopper cars built August 1963.

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These cars were delivered with gravity pneumatic gates like the 831013 builder photo seen here.

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Photos of some of these PS4000s during and after the Chessie era show the pneumatic outlets removed, like the photo of 831000 above. This should be an easy one-night modeling project – snip or carve off the pneumatics, sand clean, repaint, and weather.

According to B&O diagrams two additional cars were purchased from ACL in 1964 and numbered 831045 and 831046.

B&O historian Stephen Phillips posted a great quote to the B&O yahoo group from actual B&O source documents that talked about how B&O assigned these cars, at least as of May 1966: “The 45 cars in this group are now assigned to pools and are restricted to specific products. They primarily handle sugar, feed, brewer’s grits, and soybean meal.” Date: May, 1966.

Click here for a link to photos of the Tangent Scale Models B&O PS4000s. Get them while they are available!

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