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So, as the title suggests I'd like to open some Lionel PS-2CD Covered Hoppers to add weight. The problem is that there doesn't seem to be an obvious way of getting them open. Also, I haven't been able to find any other discussions on this issue, but if there are any please link them to me. I can tell that the top loading area and the top platform area are separate pieces from the rest of the body, but I don't know how to detach them without damaging something. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Okay, so I have figured out how to open these cars. You need to use a flat head screwdriver to get the tabs to pop out. From there, you can access the four screws that hold the roof in place. Be sure to pull out the two tabs on the end of the body to prevent them from scratching the paint as the roof comes off. From there, you can add anything inside that you’d like!


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@texgeekboy posted:

@Mark V. Spadaro,

I thought the same thing, but since I'm still getting my feet wet I thought it would be a dumb question!

Not a dumb question. Those are the factory weights in the bottom of the bays and they're similar to how Atlas does their PS4427 covered hoppers. With the Atlas cars, you have to carefully pry off the entire roof using a knife blade along the car sides. I had one where one of the weights came loose and was flopping around in the car. I actually like Lionel's approach better.

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@Mark V. Spadaro In the bottom of the car, those are the weights that Lionel installed at the factory. @AGHRMatt has it right.

@texgeekboy, to add weight, I just use self adhesive wheel weights usually. I’ve 2-railed this car and others and what initially led to this was that one of trucks would derail on curves. After weighing it, it is at or above the NMRA spec weight, so didn’t add any weight so far. Instead,  I’ve loosened the truck mounting screw to give it more play and hopefully resolve that issue.

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