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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.
In the 1960s, Chesapeake & Ohio’s earliest offset side hoppers were coming due for rebuilding. Rather than fabricating new offset sides, C&O’s Raceland Shops opted for new sides with 8 full length panels joined with external ribs. This made the cars cheaper to rebuild and maintain. It also extended the service lives of the cars into the 1980s. C&O would go on to rebuild over 15,000 cars into 8-panel hoppers.
65011 Chesapeake & Ohio single car
65012 Chesapeake & Ohio 2-Pack
65013 Chesapeake & Ohio 3-Pack
In the 1960s, Baltimore & Ohio sent many of their offset side hoppers over to the Raceland Shops of their sister road C&O for rebuilding into 8-panel hoppers. By this time, B&O had adopted C&O’s Futura demi-bold lettering for reporting marks and road numbers but B&O’s capitol dome logo persisted. These cars also operated well into the 1980s.
65021 Baltimore & Ohio single car
65022 Baltimore & Ohio 2-Pack
65023 Baltimore & Ohio 3-Pack
Southern Railway acquired this fleet of 8-panel hoppers with the 1971 purchase of the Tennessee Alabama & Georgia Railroad, a short but busy steel hauler connecting the mills of Gadsden, Alabama with Chattanooga. By early 1974, the whole fleet had received Southern’s iconic lettering.
65031 Southern single car
65032 Southern 2-Pack
65033 Southern 3-Pack
New Haven ordered 250 of these cars from Pullman-Standard in 1940. Best known for their passenger operations, New Haven’s freight traffic was significant. They had more than 20,000 freight cars, nearly of third of which were hoppers.
65041 New Haven single car
65042 New Haven 2-Pack
65043 New Haven 3-Pack
Penn-Dixie Cement was born from the 1926 merger of four cement companies with plants in New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia. Over the years, Penn-Dixie operated fleets of secondhand hoppers to move coal and limestone to their mills. These cars received PDSX reporting marks. This group of 8-panel hoppers was probably acquired from B&O.
65051 Penn-Dixie Cement PDSX single car
65052 Penn-Dixie Cement PDSX 2-Pack
Clinchfield received their 8-panel hoppers as part of a large rebuilding project undertaken by parent L&N at their South Louisville Shops in the late 1960s. Clinchfield was jointly owned by L&N and Atlantic Coast Line (SCL after 1967) and generated huge volumes of coal traffic. Coal loads moved off the Clinchfield in every direction for metallurgical use, power generation and export. During this period, CRR became one of the busiest railroads per mile of track in the nation.
65071 Clinchfield single car
65072 Clinchfield 2-Pack
65073 Clinchfield 3-Pack
Data Only cars will also be available featuring white lettering on a black body. The data format represents cars from the steam era to the late 1960s. For more modern modelers, we suggest ordering the Penn-Dixie Cement PDSX cars which have ACI tags and con-stencils and can be customized easily.
65081 Data Only single car
Past Releases: N Scale 8-Panel 2-Bay Hoppers.
Pittsburg & Shawmut was another in the pantheon of pocket sized coal haulers loading trainload after trainload of Pennsylvania’s finest black diamonds to market. Where is the “h” in Pittsburg, you might ask? The railroad adopted the P&S name in 1909. The city added an h to the end of “Pittsburg” four years later but the railroad refused to change it. P&S joined the Genesee & Wyoming shortline group in 1996.
65061 Pittsburg & Shawmut single car
65062 Pittsburg & Shawmut 2-Pack
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
65092 Birmingham Southern 2-pack
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
65102 Chicago & Eastern Illinois 2-pack
65103 Chicago & Eastern Illinois 3-pack
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
65112 Chessie-C&O 2-pack
65113 Chessie-C&O 3-pack
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
65122 Delaware Lackawanna & Western 2-pack
65123 Delaware Lackawanna & Western 3-pack
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
65132 Erie Lackawanna 2-pack
65133 Erie Lackawanna 3-pack
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
65142 Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis 2-pack
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
65152 New York Central brown/black 2-pack
65153 New York Central brown/black 3-pack
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
65162 Philadelphia & Reading 2-pack
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
65172 Reading 2-pack
65173 Reading 3-pack
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
65182 Southern Pacific 2-pack
65183 Southern Pacific 3-pack
*Load not shown.
Tennessee Alabama & Georgia purchased their 8-panel hoppers secondhand in the early 1960s. They were painted in a blue that was different from 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
65192 Tennessee Alabama & Georgia 2-pack
Products bearing Southern Pacific and Chicago & Eastern Illinois marks are made under trademark license from Union Pacific Railroad Company.
Some of the above pictures show the cars with track, scenery and even other cars for a bit of context. Obviously the cars in question don't include that stuff - but you knew that already.