Illinois Central GATC 2600 Airslide Covered Hoppers 1955+
This decal set can be used to letter IC's extensive fleet of
GATC 2600 cu.ft. Airslide Covered Hoppers. In HO, models from
Athearn, Walthers, Eastern Car Works or Con Cor can be used.
The IC Rostered 196 cars across 8 orders from General American. The cars were purchased between 1955 and 1963. All of the cars have gray bodies and ends, and most appear to have black bays/centersills between the bolsters.
IC 79090-79099 1955 Rectangular Shaker Brackets, Originally Pneumatic Outlets, later changed to Gravity.
IC 59010-59034 1958 Rectangular Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets, ex-GACX Lease, purchased/repainted IC in 1959.
IC 59035-59059 1959 Rectangular Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets
IC 59060-59084 1960 Rectangular Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets
IC 59085-59096 1960 Rectangular Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets
IC 59097-59121 1961 Oval Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets
IC 59122-59146 1962 Oval Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets
IC 59147-59196 1963 Oval Shaker Brackets, Gravity Outlets
Enough lettering is supplied to letter 3 complete cars. These cars lasted through the 80s and into the early 90s, over half of them still in original paint. The last cars disappear in the early 1990s. (1 car listed in a 1995 ORER...) A thank you goes out to David Lehlbach, Ken Rees and Ed Hawkins for assistance in getting this set done. Thanks guys!
Additional photos and information on these cars can be found in books and the internet. Here are a few leads to get you started:
- Railway Prototype Cyclopedia Vol 17 has an extensive article on the early Airslide cars in general, including 6 photos of IC cars. This volume is a must-have in my opinion. Details and pricing can be found here on the RPCyc Web Site.
- George Elwood's Fallen Flags Site here (Look for IC 590xx and 591xx series...).
- Morning Sun's IC/GM&O Color Guide.
The decal set is printed in black, white and red. An extensive lettering diagram with 3 example cars is included.
Cost: $10.00 per set. Available in HO Scale.
Shipping: See main page for shipping details.
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7507 North State Route 159
Moro, IL 62067