Information on hoppers and model info?

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Mon Sep 13 18:50:06 EDT 2010

The cars in your pictures are part of a 500 car order of HC71's built in 1979.
The first 1,000 cars in the series (177000-177999) were built in 1973/74. All by
Roanoke.    Jim Nichols

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Subject: Information on hoppers and model info?

I got pictures of several of the 17XXXX series Covered Hoppers yesterday down
here in South Carolina.
Couple of questions:
When would this series been built?
I noticed that they are marked "Grain loading only" but they also are displaying
hazard placards? Any idea what they are carrying?
From the modeling side:
Are there N-Scale versions of these available?
Thanks in adavance...

Gene Bowker
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