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Prototype SLSF 79866. This is the car modeled. Ottawa, KS; July 2001. opening socket. Cut the channel so that it has an even angle with the front of the Athearn gate and extends 15" beyond the opening socket. Drill a #78 hole in each channel near the angled end at the front of the Athearn discharge gate. Secure with the channel placed around the opening socket and with the channel continuous on the bottom side of the gate (see Photo 2). The Athearn discharge gate is too wide for the InterMountain hopper bays, so each discharge gate needs to be narrowed 10.5". I used a NWSL Chopper, splitting the gate in half, then removing the 10.5" from one side. Attach one side of the gate with the channel just protruding from the front and side of the hopper bay, then follow with the opposite side. Trim the gates as necessary to get the channels in the correct location on the hopper bay or leave a gap between the gates and fill with green putty. The prototype gates have a piece of flat

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Underbody and brake detail. Note brake linkage through the hopper bays, brake rod safety brackets, and the added bottom lip to the center sill.

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12"

15"

15"

59"

Brake End

3" 15"

6"

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Enterprise discharge gates.

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