Discussion related to commuter rail and rapid transit operations in the Chicago area including the South Shore Line, Metra Rail, and Chicago Transit Authority.

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  by superior1980
Hi all. Forgive me if this is in the wrong forum, but as it pertains to the CSS&SB, I thought this was the right place to post my question.

Anyway, I'm a model railroader who just bought an HO scale model of a South Shore 2-bay 34ft. covered hopper in the modern bright red paint scheme. Despite being a covered hopper, the car is stenciled "Stone Loading Only". I am wondering if I should build this kit as a covered hopper, or if the South Shore converted some covered hoppers into open hoppers. The reporting marks on the model are CSS X1301, if that helps. Thanks for your time!