Modeler's Moment - Old freight cars often stick around with new jobs

BN 953186

Prototype railroads are sometimes a little hesitant to throw things away when they can easily be repurposed. For example, BN 953186, seen here in Wisconsin last summer, was originally a CB&Q two-bay covered hopper (there were a few small CB&Q markings at the car's B end), probably for carrying loads like powdered cement. Judging by the shape of the discharge bays, this car is now used in ballast service, and features a roof that appears to be now fully removable for easier loading. A car like this would make a wonderful candidate for kitbashing to complete a model for the Master Builder - Cars certificate.