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Body Style Information: This body style models an ACF Centerflow 2980 Cubic Foot 2-Bay Covered Hopper. Specifically the model represents the version as first produced in the 1960s. The model faithfully depicts the unique design features of the car. It rides on MTL Barber Roller Bearing trucks. The car features separate roof hatches, finely molded ladders and end supports as well as two detailed gravity outlets on the bottom of the car. Even though the model has a 1960s vintage, many are still in service today in secondary service on short lines and regional railroads. Along with the excellent molded detail, the top-grade printing and painting make these cars an must-have for any N Scale hopper fleet.
Prototype Information: The American Car and Foundry (ACF) Centerflow hopper was first produced in the 1960s. It was designed to carry heavier commodities on a short chassis. Loads were typically dry cement, aggregates, lighter grains and plastic pellets. These cars represented the pinnacle of covered hopper design at the time with their external end bracing and expanded "tear drop" cross-section.
This car resides in the AAR "LO" class and were a marked improvement over older cylindrical hoppers due to the absence of any internal bracing. This permitted faster gravity-driven unloading. These cars came in different capacities ranging from 2700 - 3000 cubic foot depending on the customer order. All models came with four round input hatches on the roof and two gravity-fed discharge hatches below. These cars were popular with both major class-1 railroads and leasing companies all over North America.
GE Rail Services offers leases and manages railcars (railway wagons) for the North American market; its product range includes all types of common freight wagon including box, flat, covered and uncovered hopper (gondola), and tank wagons. The company also manages service and repair of wagons.
In 2015 GE Capital announced the sale of its tank car and services business to Marmon Holdings, and the remainder of the business (other wagons, locos) to First Union Rail.
Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.
Micro-Trains Line Co. split off from Kadee in 1990 to form a completely independent company. For this reason, products from this company can appear with labels from both enterprises. Due to the nature of production idiosyncrasies and various random factors, the rolling stock from Micro-Trains can have all sorts of interesting variations in both their packaging as well as the products themselves. When acquiring an MTL product it is very important to understand these important production variations that can greatly enhance (or decrease) the value of your purchase.
Item created by: gdm on 2016-09-16 11:42:21
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