I got it at the 1988 San Antonio (actually looked at the Alamo but Fess Parker was not around! ) O Scale National Convention from someone who was making three-bay hoppers out of two Weaver two-bay PS-2 hoppers. I asked what did you do with the left over parts and he reached under the table and pulled this out. I asked if he would sell it. "No." Well, every time that I went by his table, I asked again. Late Sunday afternoon, he relented and I was able to buy it complete with trucks and couplers. Note that I changed out the round hatches for the long hatches; they seem (to me) to look better on the short car. I now need to decide what reporting marks to put on it; probably a lease car with a private industry as leasor. Hmmm, "OLSON PLUTONIUM"; after all the car is quite heavy for its size.
On the bottom are the following markings:
#1 Proj. SN#1 W. Hodges (on the left of the centersill)
M, L (orCL) & C Shops (on the right of the centersill)
Does anyone recognize of the names above? I am curious if he continued to produce the three-bay conversions and if any have surfaced on the used market.