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Kits to make two HO scale four wheel wooden hoppers, commonly called a coal jimmies. These cars were ubiquitous in the eastern coal mining regions of North America from the 1840 to 1900 and ran in the early day version of unit trains. This version features a simple wood spring mounting for the journals and was built up to about 1880, commonly in use through the 1890s. Also available is a version with pedestal journals, kit HOR16 and in single car sets.
Modeled after drawings and photos of Pennsylvania, Reading, and Central of New Jersey examples photographed ca. 1875.
Includes basic brakes and every detail I could find from the original drawings, except for the chain needed to operate the hopper doors on the prototype (a crossbar and eye hooks are provided for same, too bad I couldn't make the doors actually operate). Use .020" wire (not included) for the brake staff, for which there are holes in the body bracket, ratchet, and brake wheel. Space and locator holes are provided for mounting a short Kadee or use the working link and pin couplers provided. 3 additional endbeam inserts are also included with link and pin couplers, simple hooks, or a hole for installing photoetch hook and link couplers.
Requires 33" wheelsets with approx. 1" (25.4mm) length axles.
This model has very fine detail so the preferred material is Frosted Ultra Detail.
Clean with alcohol and soapy water. Use Bestine rubber cement remover if particularly greasy. Some areas may require mild scraping with a toothpick to remove waxy manufacturing residue, especially the interior (an ultrasonic cleaner and toothbrush works great for this).
Part Number HOR15. Contact panamintmodels for different quantities.