|A weather job gone bad can be fixed up with light painted overcoats and heavy chalking.|
KATO ACF 70 ton open side hopper
At a recent train show I came across a gentleman selling a Kato B&M covered hopper. He had done a bad weathering job. It was mostly sprayed on black that looked like chicken pocks. The roof and under body were the really bad areas with paint spots the size of pin heads. Well he did not want much for the car so I decided to see what I could do with it. I had not seen any B&M examples for this car style so I was not sure if it was a car that actually existed.
Once at home I went through my photos and equipment books but could not come up with a single view. I did find some stated facts regarding the B&M car group. One tid-bit mentions the cars were built for the B&M by ACF in 1946 in the number series 5500 to 5519. They were 70 ton steel 32 foot car (the model is actually a 34 footer) 1958 cu. ft. capacity which is all seen on the car lettering. It was also mentioned that 5500 and 5501 were sold in 1960 to Revere Sugar.
|All weathered up, B&M 5516 is now in regular limestone service on the White River Division.|