Apparently Ricky found either this thread, or the one at Aristo, because my email inbox was stuffed with pictures of an O scale boxcar he did, and a USA Trains 44-tonner dec'd out in A&A's "TigerStripes" paintscheme and stencilled #112.
Now, to add to the A&A market...
My model railroad is set in 2032, and uses steam for freight power... we ended up purchasing a fleet of retired CR 100ton hoppers for fuel service.
Since we absorbed the A&A in the previous decade, we wanted to advertise "our" passenger excursions.
Presenting A&A hopper in 'fuel' service, ARA 30004:
Now, you might be wondering why the paint scheme? The colors are obvious, but, no, the orange does NOT represent a rotary coupler. We needed to create a standard, and the Freedom Central's goal has long been to steel the Harriman award from the NS, so we decided that safety would play with our paint scheme.
God forbid it ever happen, should a hopper ever runaway, someone willing to swing aboard to try and tie on a handbrake has only to find the orange end. ALL oif the hoppers on the FCR are painted this way, with the A&A fuel hoppers leading the fleet.
__ J. D. Gallaway __
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