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Cambria & Indiana was a shortline linking its namesake counties in Pennsylvania. C&I had always owned many more hoppers than they could possibly load on their own line. This large fleet was rented to other railroads to load where they were needed. In 1950, the railroad was sold to Bethlehem Steel who could then keep their own freight car production lines busy between orders building hoppers for the C&I which could then be rented out. This group was built in 1952.
66121 Cambria & Indiana single $24.95
66122 Cambria & Indiana 2-pack $49.90
New N Scale 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers.
Most recently shipped to dealers.
Our new 2-Bay Offset Side hopper features a 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; and Fox Valley Models metal wheel. Each road name will be available in multiple road numbers. MSRP is $24.95 per car.
A 2-bay hopper design with offset sides was first proposed in the 1920s and first appeared in the form seen here in 1934. The AAR adopted it as a standard design the following year. The offset design permitted greater interior capacity than a rib side car with the same outside dimensions. It was thought this more than made up for the car’s higher cost of construction. The last new 2-bay offset side hoppers were built in 1960.
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.)
This Chesapeake & Ohio paint scheme was adopted for use on their 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers in 1948 and continued to be applied until 1954 when a small change was made to the “For Progress” logo. C&O’s hopper fleet was immense. This group encompassed 5,000 cars split between three builders.
66131 Chesapeake & Ohio post-1948 single $24.95
66132 Chesapeake & Ohio post-1948 2-pack $49.90
66133 Chesapeake & Ohio post-1948 3-pack $74.85
The fortunes of the Delaware & Hudson had been built on anthracite but by the early 1970s, anthracite traffic was but a memory and this group of hoppers was assigned for loading ilmenite tailings in Tahawas, New York likely for delivery to processors in New Jersey and Missouri. Ilmenite is the ore from which titanium is produced. We are including “ilmenite” loads for this run.
66141 Delaware & Hudson ilmenite svc. single $24.95
66142 Delaware & Hudson ilmenite svc. 2-pack $49.90
66143 Delaware & Hudson ilmentie svc. 3-pack $74.85
*Load is not shown on this production sample.
Frisco took delivery of this group of hoppers from Mt. Vernon Car in 1948. SLSF generated a surprising amount of coal from regions in eastern Kansas, Oklahoma, and western Arkansas as well as an important deposit in northern Alabama. Much of this coal was interchanged to connecting lines for delivery to steel mills.
66151 Frisco black single $24.95
66152 Frisco black 2-pack $49.90
66153 Frisco black 3-pack $74.85
Litchfield & Madison was a 44 mile railroad linking Madison, Illinois (across the Mississippi River from St. Louis) and Litchfield. They funneled through traffic from Chicago & North Western and Illinois Central to the St. Louis area and loaded coal from large deposits along the line. This group of offset side hoppers was built just after America’s entry into the Second World War. For some reason, the order seemed to have been split between cars with Wine-style corner pleats (favored by C&NW and featured on our models) and Enterprise-style pleats (favored by IC.) The L&M was merged into Chicago & North Western in 1958.
66161 Litchfield & Madison single $24.95
66162 Litchfield & Madison 2-pack $49.90
Pittsburg & Shawmut picked up this group of 200 hoppers on the secondhand market in 1960. They had previously made up part of the Erie Railroad fleet. The P&S during this period was an 88 mile line linking Brockway and Freeport, Pennsylvania. Most of the traffic was coal loaded along the line that was interchanged to other lines for final delivery.
66171 Pittsburg & Shawmut single $24.95
66172 Pittsburg & Shawmut 2-pack $49.90
This Reading speed letter paint scheme was adopted following the abandonment of the “Road Of Anthracite” motto. Reading continued to load a considerable amount of bituminous coal. A number of cars from this group were leased to Reading’s parent Baltimore & Ohio to relieve a severe hopper shortage on that line. Much of this fleet was intact at the time of the Conrail consolidation in 1976.
66181 Reading speed letter single $24.95
66182 Reading speed letter 2-pack $49.90
66183 Reading speed letter 3-pack $74.85
Texas & Pacific took delivery of this group of hoppers in 1938 from Bethlehem Steel. The fleet survived nearly intact a decade into the diesel era before retirements even began. It’s likely these cars were used to carry lignite and petroleum coke (we are including black loads to reflect either of these cargoes) and stone.
66191 Texas & Pacific single $24.95
66192 Texas & Pacific 2-pack $49.90