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April 21 Announcement: New N Scale 8-Panel 2-Bay Hoppers.
Products bearing Southern Pacific and marks are made under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Bluford Shops is proud to announce the second group of our new 8-Panel 2-Bay Hoppers in N. These ready-to-run cars feature: die cast slope sheet-hopper bay-center sill assembly; injection molded plastic sides, ends, and hopper doors; fully molded brake tank, valve and air lines; body mounted brake hose detail; load; body mounted magnetically operating knuckle couplers; close coupling; and Fox Valley Models metal wheels.
All road names will be available in multiple road numbers. For instance, order a single, a 2-pack and a 3-pack to get all six road numbers on a run. (Some road names will be available in just three road numbers.) Delivery is expected in January.
Birmingham Southern ordered this fleet of hoppers from neighbor Pullman Standard for the purpose of delivering coal, coke, limestone and iron ore to the mills of BS’s parent company, United States Steel in the greater Birmingham area. “Coal/coke” loads are included for this run.
65091 Birmingham Southern single car $24.95
65092 Birmingham Southern 2-pack $49.90
Chicago & Eastern Illinois received this group of hoppers in 1952 from Pressed Steel Car, located on the C&EI in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The middle fork of the C&EI served several large mines in southern Illinois and this traffic was very important to the line.
65101 Chicago & Eastern Illinois single car $24.95
65102 Chicago & Eastern Illinois 2-pack $49.90
65103 Chicago & Eastern Illinois 3-pack $74.85
These Chessie-C&O hoppers began life as offset side hoppers but in the 1960s, C&O began rebuilding them into 8-panel hoppers. In 1973, they adopted the Chessie System image. Heavy traffic and persistent car shortages led to these cars remaining in service through the 80s.
65111 Chesssie-C&O single car $24.95
65112 Chessie-C&O 2-pack $49.90
65113 Chessie-C&O 3-pack $74.85
Delaware Lackawanna & Western would take delivery of a thousand 8-panel hoppers from ACF over a four year span beginning in 1949. DL&W was “The Road of Anthracite” and wore that motto proudly on their hoppers. Just under half of the surviving DL&W hoppers continued to wear this paint scheme through the Erie Lackawanna era.
65121 Delaware Lackawanna & Western single car $24.95
65122 Delaware Lackawanna & Western 2-pack $49.90
65123 Delaware Lackawanna & Western 3-pack $74.85
Erie Lackawanna inherited the DL&W fleet in the 1960 merger as well as a fleet of broadly similar cars from Erie. Just over half the fleet would go on to wear this distinctive (if slightly odd) paint scheme. EL soldiered on until 1972 when Hurricane Agnes did significant damage to the EL lines in New York. The railroad continued to operate under bankruptcy protection until it was included in Conrail in 1976.
65131 Erie Lackawanna single car $24.95
65132 Erie Lackawanna 2-pack $49.90
65133 Erie Lackawanna 3-pack $74.85
Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis received this group of hoppers from Pullman Standard in 1953. NC&St.L ran from Memphis east to Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta. For a time, they had a route to St. Louis by way of Evansville but in 1879, L&N bought a 55% stake in the NC&St.L and transferred that line to themselves. The NC&St.L finally merged into L&N in 1957.
65141 Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis single car $24.95
65142 Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis 2-pack $49.90
This group of New York Central 8-panel hoppers was the result of a rebuilding project. A large group of hoppers built by NYC in 1940 were sent to Greenville Car in 1953 and emerged as 8-panel hoppers in this striking brown and black paint scheme.
65151 New York Central brown/black single car $24.95
65152 New York Central brown/black 2-pack $49.90
65153 New York Central brown/black 3-pack $74.85
The Philadelphia & Reading was likely the first railroad to adopt the 8-panel hopper design. The cars were delivered with rare Vogt-style trucks but these were soon replaced with a more conventional design. The P&R was a subsidiary of the Reading Company. When the company was reorganized, making Reading a common carrier, the P&R name was retired.
65161 Philadelphia & Reading single car $24.95
65162 Philadelphia & Reading 2-pack $49.90
By the time Reading was shopping these former P&R cars in 1951, they were receiving this paint scheme featuring the “America’s Largest Anthracite Carrier” logo. Reading is properly called Reading Company or Reading Lines. The only Reading Railroad is on the Monopoly game board. Please note the Reading 3-pack in this run includes car number RDG 77777 – without a doubt, the luckiest hopper on the line!
65171 Reading single car $24.95
65172 Reading 2-pack $49.90
65173 Reading 3-pack $74.85
Southern Pacific took delivery of what are probably the final hoppers built of this general 8-panel design from Greenville Steel Car in 1970. They were equipped with 100 ton roller bearing trucks and used to haul gravel. Gravel loads will be included in place of the usual coal loads on this run.
65181 Southern Pacific single car $24.95
65182 Southern Pacific 2-pack $49.90
65183 Southern Pacific 3-pack $74.85
Tennessee Alabama & Georgia purchased their 8-panel hoppers secondhand in the early 1960s. They were painted in a blue that was closer to the blue used on their locomotives than on their famous TAG boxcars. TAG served a steel mill in Gadsden, Alabama and these cars likely delivered coal and possibly limestone to that mill. TAG was acquired by Southern Railway in 1971 and these cars were integrated into the Southern fleet.
65191 Tennessee Alabama & Georgia single car $24.95
65192 Tennessee Alabama & Georgia 2-pack $49.90