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I have been picking up multiples of K-Line and Lionel diecast hoppers in both Erie and B&O roadnames. They are beautiful cars with excellent details, including coal loads, metal everything and sprung trucks. The K-Line versions seem to be almost exactly the same as the Lionel cars.

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Now, besides being a major PITA to remove from the their foam cradles in the factory packaging, except the K-line versions, why do they seem unpopular?

Some are on eBay for $60-$70 each, but most are in the $30-$35 dollar range. I bought a number of them from one dealer and paid a very low shipping cost.

They are very heavy, probably a bit too heavy, but they seem pretty rugged. Just curious…

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I didn't know they were diecast but that explains the weight. I have 2 in Rock Island and I know TRAINZ purchased a large ROCK ISLAND collection about 3 months ago and has been putting them on eBay for $22 to $35, most of those do not have boxes.

I like them but I don't need anymore. I prefer to run box cars and hoppers. Iowa had some coal fields but overall I am not interested in more.

But for you eastern road names folks these would be great. Heavy, but appropriate for your area.
 

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Most all of my diecast cars are reproductions of Lionel’s pre war scale cars. Lionel did them around 1991, then MTH, K-Line, and Williams did a set. K-Lines and MTH’s are diecast. Williams are brass. They all used the molds to make cars lettered for other roads or companies in the case of tank cars.

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Thanks for the replies everyone.

I figured the excessive weight had something to do with them being inexpensive, in general, on the train market.

I have a couple trains of Erie and B&O in these models. I am figuring around ten would be the limit for a large steamer or multiple diesels. Mixed with some MTH plastic cars, I hope to run a train of about 20 cars…

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You say all metal, are the coal loads metal too?
 

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I have a couple trains of Erie and B&O in these models. I am figuring around ten would be the limit for a large steamer or multiple diesels. Mixed with some MTH plastic cars, I hope to run a train of about 20 cars…
You might be surprised. A large articulated steamer can haul a lot of cars, probably at least 20-25 diecast cars. My Vision Line Big Boy pulled 70 cars around the layout at Harry's place without breaking a sweat, and that includes several grades. I'm pulled a dozen diecast cars with my upgraded Phantom locomotive.
 

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You say all metal, are the coal loads metal too?
They might be. I was going to try and remove one to see. I could run an empty coal train if they are lighter with out the loads…

You might be surprised. A large articulated steamer can haul a lot of cars, probably at least 20-25 diecast cars. My Vision Line Big Boy pulled 70 cars around the layout at Harry's place without breaking a sweat, and that includes several grades. I'm pulled a dozen diecast cars with my upgraded Phantom locomotive.
I have a couple big Erie engines, the 0-8-8-0 and a Triplex that could handle them. I will just have to experiment when I have the grades figured out to see what can pull what…

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OK, I was just wondering as I never saw any but plastic loads.
If they were metal it would add to the total weight too.
Nice looking car & load. :)
 

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OK, I was just wondering as I never saw any but plastic loads.
If they were metal it would add to the total weight too.
Nice looking car & load. :)
I was thinking thin sheet metal. Like coal in a tinplate tender but with modern, realistic stamping. That would have been fairly lightweight.
 

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I think the load in the first picture Tom posted looks great.
The whole car looks great. :)
 
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