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Boston & Maine 7600 Series Hopper Cars


Builder's Photo

Does one exist?

Photos of B&LE cars ( thanks to Ed Hawkins for finding/organizing these photos):

Refurbished cars

B&M Classification Card(s)

Does one exist?

Specifications From Railway Prototype Cyclopedia

From the Railway Prototype Cyclopedia #1, #4, #25, data for B&LE unless otherwise stated
Spec B&LE 50001-50500B&LE 50501-50750
Builder Pullman-Standard Pressed Steel Car Co.
Lot # 5842 ?
Quantity 500 250
Build Date 10/1946 12/1946
Door Lock Wine
AAR class
Lt Weight
Description 70 ton "non-AAR standard" 2-bay offset side hopper
Cubic Cap'y 2190 Cu. Ft.
Trucks Note "clasp" brakes (hangers outside wheels)
Sides Note "stepped" taper (like B&M 8000 series quad hopper) rather that straight taper to car corner

ORER data and numbers

ORER Size Data
Description 7/1968
AAR Mechanical Designation HM
Length 33'
Width 10'-4"
Length 36'-6"
Width At Eaves or top of sides or platform 10'-5"
Extreme Width 10'-5"
To Extreme Width 10'-9"
To Eaves or top of sides or platform 10'-9"
To Top of Running Board
To Extreme Height 10'-9"
Door - Side
Capacity Cu Ft. Level Full 2190
Pounds 154000

ORER History
# of
1968 - 07 7600-7799 200 Hopper, steel
1968 - 10 (same)
1969 - 01 (same)
1969 - 04 (same)
1969 - 07 (same)
1969 - 10 (same)
1970 - 01 (same)
1970 - 04 (same)
1970 - 07 " 196 "
1970 - 10 " 193 "
1971 - 01 (same)
1971 - 04 (same)
1971 - 07 Not listed

ORER Notes

Discussion, General Notes

Paint Schemes

References or other data


PageCar # Photo Date
Visible? MarkingsPaint
Herald Notes
Hawkins, Ed D. "1935 50/60-Ton AAR Two-Bay Offset Hopper - Part 3. Circa 1934-1960", Railway Prototype Cyclopedia #4 RP CYC Publishing Co., 2000
p90 (top) B&LE 50090 ca 1957 X B&LE B&LE Note trucks w/clasp brakes
NERail Photo Archive
or http://photos.nerail.org/ → "By Railroad" → "Boston & Maine" →
Then scroll thru to find the photo "Concord, NH".
or try: http://photos.nerail.org/s/?p=220881
7603 1971-03-27 p BMRRN



For info on modeling the clasp brake trucks, see the 7000 (2nd) series hopper cars
(although it looks like the "middle" spring is set back further than on the 7000 (2nd) series cars)

Revision History

File History for THIS page
Date Who Description
31-Dec-2019 KG Akerboom Initial release
02-Apr-2020 KG Akerboom Added references
04-Apr-2020 KG Akerboom Re-did references/photos section
05-May-2020 KG Akerboom Moved ORER notes into separate section
17-Jul-2020 KG Akerboom Added more info from Model Railroading article and Railway Prototype Cyclopedia #1 and #4
21-Jul-2020 KG Akerboom "Photos" table - changed "vertical" text to PNG of "sideways" text; added "Markings" columns
07- thru
KG Akerboom Added ORER data (History only, not dims or notes yet) for 63 more registers, courtesy of James Kinkaid
20-Aug-2020 KG Akerboom Added more Eric Neubauer data
06-Nov-2020 KG Akerboom Added "NE Rails" photos
20-Feb-2021 KG Akerboom Added truck modeling info (link), More data from Ed Hawkins, B&LE builder's photos
26-Feb-2021 KG Akerboom Added more info (Side stakes, slope sheet supports) on B&LE cars
30-Oct-2022 KG Akerboom Verified per [almost] complete ORER data.
04-Jan-2023 KG Akerboom Fixed headers and footers...hopefully

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