Walthers Gold Line Ballast Hopper

Discussion in 'Freight Equipment' started by FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018), Sep 29, 2009.

  1. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    Walthers has just announced for January 2010 delivery a 41' open ballast hopper in their Gold-Line series. It will be a three pack with road #'s 97100, 97159, and 97131. The Walthers stock # will be 932-34241 with an MSRP of $49.95. The description says that the Modeler (that's us!) will have to install the wire grab irons. YUK! I'm too spoiled!
    Compared to the photo on Mike Condren's website of car # 97123 taken at Memphis on 6/5/81 this model is a dead ringer.

    Bob Hoover
    FriscoFriend

    P.S. I will be shipping high quality white Kansas limestone from the on-line rock quarry near Severy, KS to all Frisco points East hopefully by next summer at the latest.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 30, 2009
  2. bob_wintle

    bob_wintle Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Dear Mr. Hoover
    The Kansas Arkansas & Ozarks will be needing at least 3 loads for a new section of track it will be constructing. Please put us on the list of your deliveries.
    Bob Wintle
    President
    Kansas Arkansas & Ozarks Railroad.
     
  3. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    Sounds cool. I'lll have to add it to my list of "things to get"
     
  4. mark

    mark Member

    The second to the last digit in the Walthers stock number is a four, or the full number is 932-34241. Please see http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/932-34241.

    Please see the following link to Mike Condren's web site and page down to the last photo for a prototype image of SLSF 97123: http://condrenrails.com/Frisco Catalog/MOW-ballast.htm

    Please see the following link for a prototype photograph of SLSF 97100:
    http://rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=550884

    The prototype cars were built new in 3/1980.

    Hope this helps.

    Thanks!

    Mark
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Sep 29, 2009
  5. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    Mark:

    Thanks for correcting the Walthers order #. I thought I double checked it but I guess that I didn't.
    Also, I'm always glad that I chose to model late 1980 because I never have to be disappointed when something new comes out!

    Bob Hoover
    FriscoFriend
     
  6. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    While we are on the new product subject, most of the on-line pushers are now showing the Walthers 41' Ballast Hopper as being in stock.
     
  7. FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018)

    FriscoFriend (Bob Hoover RIP 4/12/2018) Passed Away April 12, 2018 Frisco.org Supporter

    I have received my ballast hoppers and alhough the lettering looks dead accurate and very sharp when compared to the picture in Molo's book I unforunately feel the car is painted the wrong color. It looks like Walthers chose a tuscan brown where the car in Molo's book looks more of a freight car red. I would welcome others opinions when they get theirs. Otherwise it is a great looking car with all of the detailed and very crisp lettering. I put it under a magnifier and could even read the instructions on how to open and close the discharge doors.
     
  8. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    All the credit for the great lettering goes to Louis Griesemer who provided the official Frisco paint diagram for this car to the artists who work for Walthers. Thank you Louis Griesemer.
     
  9. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    At an operating session this past Saturday with the Pittsburg MRR club in the Pittsburg mall, a member of this web site, David (1143), stopped by for a while. He had a bag full of frisco goodies, including a B&Y H10-44 with sound that I let him run using my Power cab. He also had a 3 pack of the new walthers ballast cars. So we got them put on my train and I must say they look really sharp and run good. After that I decided I really want a pack of these.

    Edit: I didn't have enogh memory space on the camera to take a still, but I have a video clip with them, so I took a screen shot of it. It is blurry though.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 15, 2010
  10. meteor910

    meteor910 2009 Engineer of the Year Staff Member Frisco.org Supporter

    Does Walthers, or anybody else, have ballast loads that fit them?

    Ken
     
  11. Iantha_Branch

    Iantha_Branch Member

    No, but I have heard of a way that looks better than using a premade manufactured load, and that is to make your own. In this case take a block of pink foam that fits the car, then glue your ballast to it and presto you have a load for it.
     
  12. HWB

    HWB FRISCO.org Supporter

    Wait about three months. Walthers will have them on sale for 40% to 50% because no one purchased any
     
  13. bob_wintle

    bob_wintle Member Frisco.org Supporter

    The one's I bought do not roll well at all. Even after using my trusty truck tuner from Micro Mark. I like the cars but not the trucks. Mine are in service but are on the list to be upgraded as time and railroad finances allow.
    Bob Wintle President
    Kansas Arkansas and Ozarks Railroad
     
  14. HWB

    HWB FRISCO.org Supporter

    Thanks for the warning. I do, or did intend on buying some of these when they go on sale. What seems to be the problem?
     
  15. Rick McClellan

    Rick McClellan 2009 Engineer of the Year

    Mine roll fine down the Frisco Line.
     

Share This Page