Referring again to the hopper car that was the subject of my sketches in the last post, I had questions about how a few details were resolved on the car. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to shoot more images and satisfy my curiosity.
I found a subject car at a convenient location and set about shooting the images. Looking at them at home, I noticed a difference in the corner posts from the previous car. This anomaly sparked a number of new questions.
I’m not a freight car expert so I can’t offer anything concrete about the difference in the corner post design between the cars. Is the design on the original car a modification, a repair? Is one of them a subclass of the other? Which one is normal and which is the outlier? At this point, I simply don’t have a clue.
The wind chill was bone numbing cold, so I didn’t linger long enough to look for a build date or other clues on the second car. For now, the search continues fueled by a new round of questions.
I never would have noticed this without the thorough study my sketches required. As crude as my drawing are, they helped me see the car more clearly. Once I see something like this, it’s a hard detail to ignore when planning the model. Obviously, there is more research to do and further questions to answer. A cursory look at other cars suggests a few answers but nothing firm yet. This is what keeps the craft fresh for me.