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DRGW M.o.W. 1960 - 1993

  The Difco (formerly Differential Car Co.) is the equivalent of a dump truck. The low body height makes it easy to load and helps stabilize the car in transit or while dumping. The car features all-welded steel construction and is built in various sizes from 50 cubic yards up to 100 tons capacity. The self-contained dumping system consists of four telescoping air cylinders mounted under the dump bed. The bed pivots so the load can be dumped on either side of the car. A single value operates the mechanism. Several cars can be used together with the dumping being controlled from any car or the locomotive. The bed can rise to a 50 degree angle and the side door opens automatically.

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Series Lbs Type IL CuFt Builder Date - Year Retired Commodity HO Kit N Kit Paint Design Notes
3900-3919 180 MWD 41-09 1350 DFC F 1-1982, 2- 1984 . Aggregates OMI, (WAL) . 1 Side dump  

Paint Scheme

1. Silver (or white), black flying Rio Grande


Lbs Weight capacity in lbs x 1,000
Type AAR car type code (i.e. XM = boxcar, etc
IL Interior Length or tank
Builder ACF = American Car & Foundry; BSC = Bethlehem Steel Car; CSCC = Chicago Steel Car Co.; GATC = General American Transportation Co.; H&B = Haskell & Barker; IC&E = Illinois Car & Equipment; KCSS = Kansas City Structural Steel; LCC = Litchfield Car Co; MPC = Michigan-Peninsular Car; MC&F = Missouri Car & Foundry; MCW = Michgan Car Works; MVC = Mt. Vernon Car (PSC); OFC = Ohio Falls Car; PAC = Pennsylvania Car; PCC = Peninsular Car Co.; PSC = Pressed Steel Car; PS = Pullman-Standard; PUL = Pullman; SSC = Standard Steel Car; W&F = Wells & French; WSCF = Western Steel Car & Foundry (PSC)
Date-Year Month and Year built
Retired Last year class was listed in ORER
Commodity Most commonly shipped
HO Kit & N Kit Closest available kit or RTR: * indicates needs modifications; () indicates stand-in only. Manufacturers: ACCU=Accurail; AMB=Ambroid; ATH=Athearn; ATLAS=Atlas; BACH=Bachmann; BL=Branchline Trains; BOWS=Bowser; CBT=C&BT Shops; CON=Con-Cor; CUS=Custom Rail Shops; DA=Details Associates; DVFC=Delaware Valley Freight Car; E&C=E&C Shops; ECW=Eastern Car Works; EEL=Eel River Models; DLX=DeLuxe Innovations; FRP=Front Range Products; GLOR=Gloor Craft; IMT=Intermountain; LAM=Lambert; LL=Life-Like; McK=McKean Models; MDC=Model Die Casting; MT=Micro Trains; OMI=Overland Models; P2K=Proto 2000; PFM=Pacific Fast Mail; PIT=Pittsburgh Scale Models; PM=Precision Masters; RR=Robins Rails; STW=Stewart Hobbies; TICH=Tichy Train Group; WAL=Walthers; WEST=Westerfield;
Design General design features: YSD=Youngstown Sliding Door, YPD=Youngstown Plug Door; YPDX=Youngstown Plug Door Exterior Post; PPD=Pullman " Plug Door; SPD4=Superior Plug Door; ID=Improved Dreadnaught ends, cush=cushioned underframe, Duryea=Duryea cush u.f., FS=ACF Freight Saver cush u.f., Waugh=Waugh cush u.f., EOC=end of car cushioning
Notes General notes

Denver & Rio Grande Western Logos used with the permission of Union Pacific Railroad

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