Connects with SOUTHERN, L&N, N&W and CLINCHFIELD. Freight service only.
85 miles of track.
Number Mf'gr Model Date 30 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 31 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 32 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 33 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 34 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 35 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 36 ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 37* ALCO RS3 ph3 1953 38 ALCO RS3 ph3 1956 39 ALCO RS3 ph3 1956
* No 37 was Alco demonstrator #1607 In case you are wondering the numbers prior to 30 were steam engines. The RS-3's were ordered for the Interstate, when Southern took over in 1960 the equipment was not repainted. Repaints into the Southern's Tuxedo scheme began in 1966-67. The engines retained their original numbers. Southern bought a few more engines to supplement the originals.
A1 retired 1922 A2 retired 1923 A3 retired 1927 A4 was N&W #17182, built 1903, acq. 07/20 retired 1956 A5 retired 1927 A6 retired 1927 9 built 1942 from boxcar, retired 1947 10 built 1923, retired 1966 11 built 1923, retired 1973 12 built 1923, retired 1973 13 built 1923, retired 1973 14 built 1927, retired 1973 15 built 1927, retired 1966 16 was N&W #518067, Class CF, built 1915, acq. 12/35, retired 1973 17 was Southern # 18 was Southern # 19 was Southern # 20 was DL&W #614, built 1919, acq 1954, retired 1973. 21 was DL&W #670, built 1920, acq 1954, retired 1973. NOTES: A1 thru A6 were 4 wheel "bobber" type cabooses wood sided. The Southern Railway System assumed control of the Interstate in 1960, all equipment remained lettered for the Interstate. In 1965 the Southern assumed complete control and began repainting the engines in the then Tuxedo scheme with the Interstate name. Cabooses remained red with the Interstate roadname until they were retired.
All color mixes are based on PollyScale Acrylics paint numbers.
All bottle sizes are 1 fluid ounce size.
Capful refers to the cap on the bottle.
HK=Herald King decals for reference only these are no longer available.
C=Custom made on Alps Printer
INTERSTATE Cream,Gray & Orange Cream-"Aged White" #414131 Gray-"Flat Aluminum" #414299 Orange-"Reefer orange' #414119. For the frame, trucks fuel tank etc use "Bright Silver" #501998 decals-Great Decals WSM#29 Interstate Road Diesel W.S. Mosteller, 2813 Hogan Ct.,Falls Church, Va. 22043 INTERSTATE Black & White Black-engine black 414110 White-reefer white #414113 add 1/4 cap SF silver 3414143. decals MS #87-32
Posted to the SMRF list Modeling the Interstate's hopper fleet is actually pretty simple. All of the hoppers ordered by the Interstate from 1923 on were of a 50 or 55 ton, rib-side twin design. The Accurail USRA hopper is a pretty good HO scale stand-in for several of the classes which were rostered from 1923-1970. For you N-scalers, I think Microtrains (?) makes a similar car. The second twin design was slightly taller and had more closely spaced bay doors. I've studied pictures, and I think an MDC 3-bay with the center removed would capture the proportions nicely. Modeling a few of these along with the USRA style hoppers would really make your train look authentic. The Accurail hopper already comes in Interstate colors (black with white lettering). This is a great starting point because the paint is good quality and the black is easy to match. If you want to paint it yourself, Campbell Road makes dry transfers (they may even make N-scale transfers). To make the first variant, build the Accurail kit as-is but remove the four small angular gussets in-between the slope sheets and sidesill on the sides of the car. This will make a car that fits at least the 5510-7009 series. A second style of hopper can be made by building the kit per directions but replacing the brake lever with a brake wheel (paralled to the car ends, not the rails). This hopper matches the 15000-15321 cars rebuilt by the Interstate's Andover shops in the 50s. The MDC kitbash would represent the 8010-9120 cars. The Interstate also rostered some ex-Southern cars including some offset-side, extended-height cars acquired in 1965 after the Southern buyout. These cars were red with a Southern-style jumbo "INTERSTATE" on the side. These cars were the 9200-9234 class. Many of the 8010-9120 cars were also repainted in this scheme beginning in the early 60s--all but the big "A" can be pieced from the "SOUTHERN" on Microscale's decal sheet. Beginning with the Southern merger in 1960, most of the Interstate cars were slowly phased-out of regular service and used as shuttle cars between the mines and transloading facilities at Appalachia and Wentz. They were gradually replaced by 70 ton hoppers beginning in the mid-70s, but some hung on until after the NS merger! I don't have pictures of the other classes in the roster, so I can't tell you what's a good match for every series, but here's the all-time Interstate hopper roster. Class Type Years of Service 100-134 40 ton-wood 1914-1929 1000-1019 40 ton 1912-1934 1100-1750 55 ton 1925-1929 2000-2299 50 ton 1913-1951 2300-2799 50 ton 1918-1951 2800-2809 50 ton 1922-1934 5000-5509 55 ton 1920-1951 5510-7009 55 ton 1923-1956 7010-8009 50 ton 1946-1983 8010-8261 50 ton 1948-1983 8262-8761 50 ton 1948-1983 8762-8891 50 ton 1949-1983 8862-8911 50 ton 1951-1983 8912-9120 50 ton 1952-1983 9200-9234 55 ton 1965-1973 9300-9323 50 ton 1965-1971 9400-9718 50 ton 1965-1973 15001-15100 55 ton 1924-1929 15101-15878 55 ton 1924-1929 15000-15321 50 ton 1956-1967 (rebuilt) 15500-16236 50 ton 1957-1970 (rebuilt) Enjoy! Dan Bourque (INTERSTATE RR, HO)