CN rail cars

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New Member
So yesterday my son and I got a up close look at CN rail cars and we noticed a number of them had grass growing on the end decks of the cars .Have any one ever seen this before and how would one model this?


Well-Known Member
I have seen that on many railcars before. It's not really grass but grain. Generally happens when loose wheat or oats get spilled on grain hoppers or adjacent cars. Doesn't last long without soil or rain. I have considered modeling it but haven't gotten to it yet.


Active Member
Yes, I've seen this before on covered hoppers where the bottom of the area under the end slopes is a solid sheet. Spilled grain collects here and sometimes starts to sprout. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to