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M O D E LI N G WITH PAI NT & D E CALS

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ACF CF5250 FOUR-BAY CENTER FLOW COVERED HOPPERS
ATHEARN HO SCALE - BA CHMANN HO SCALE ATLAS N SCALE - BA CHMANN N SCALE WEAVER 0 SCALE CAR SPOTTERS G UIDE NO. 2 1
By Jim Eager

Athearn was the first to produce a model of this very common prototype, and that kit has been used for a variety of kit-conversions to make shorter and longer versions of the ACF Center Flow cars (see page 39 of this issue for one of the three-bay CF4600 kit-con versions). Here 's the information on the proper prototypes for the CF5250 mod els.

or years, Athearn's fo u r-bay elongated or continuous trough hatches feeds and l i ghter grains l ike barley . Center Flow covered hopper and gravity or gravity-pneumatic outlet With eight 20-inch roun d hatches and was a workhorse for modern- gates, they are u sed to c arry blended pneumatic outlets, they're used for plasera modelers in HO scal e . A t ,---, one time i t was the only available model of ACF's distinctive tear-drop cars and was kit-bashed into every major varia tion by those who had figured out the differences among the Center Flow line. They were converte d into t h re e - b ay grain cars, chopped down i nto two-bay cement cars, even extended into l onger four-bay plastic pellet cars. Now that there are finally models of all those ver sions, just what is Athearn's car correct for right out of the box? Simple, ACF's CF5250 (Center Flow, 5,250-cubic-foot capacity). And what is t h at? I t ' s a four-bay, 5 ,250-cubic-foot, l OO-ton, 54-foot (53 M odel CF5250s feet 3 inches IL), Plate C covered hop A tlas is the most recent company to produce a CF5250. The current Atlas N per built between 1 964 and 1 982. It was scale model (shown) has the beaded side plate of the latest ACF prototype cars. the second of the modern h i gh - c u b e Atlas once produced the early version (to match Athearn's) in N scale, but Center F l o w d e s i g n s to b e prod uced, those are out of production. Athearn's model is a replica of the CF5250 with fol lowing the CF4650. Like all Center Flows, it has no center sill and a single . low side ladders and angle stiffening ribs run ning the length of the car. The Bachmann and Tyco HO scale cars and Weaver's 0 s cale car are based on the hopper and outlet gate for each compart same prototype as Athearn's model . ment, hence the name. Equi pped with

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