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N Scale - Precision Masters - 1525 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, FMC 4700 - Pamet Sioux - 10

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N Scale - Precision Masters - 1525 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, FMC 4700 - Pamet Sioux - 10

Brand Precision Masters
Stock Number 1525
Manufacturer Precision Masters
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Precision Masters Covered Hopper 3-Bay 4700 FMC
Prototype Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, FMC 4700 (Details)
Road or Company Name Pamet Sioux (Details)
Reporting Marks PSRX
Road or Reporting Number 10
Paint Color(s) White
Print Color(s) Red and Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety 4700 FMC
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1971-1981
Scale 1/160

Model Information: Precision Master first released this body style in kit form. Later on, they released the same body as a RTR (Ready-to-Run) model. In 2005, Red Caboose acquired this tooling from PM. Red Caboose released this model in RTR form. In 2015, Fox Valley acquired all the N Scale toolings from Red Caboose and is re-releasing these models in RTR (Ready-to-Run) versions with metal wheels and body-mount couplers, which improves this model from a 2nd generation to a 3rd genration piece of rolling stock.

Prototype History:
FMC Corp. built some 6,825 4,700-cubic-foot cars between 1971 and 1981. At first glance, these look like Pullman-Standard PS2-CD cars, but they can be distinguished by their tall sides, that extend down lower than the PS "high rise" design, and the horizontal groove that runs down the center of the side. They have 17 panel sides, separated by 16 vertical posts/ribs. FMC also made a 4,692-cubic-foot car that looks like the 4,700-cubic-foot car, but has a 5/4/5 side brace pattern.

Road Name History:
Ted Calleton's Pamet Sioux layout was on tour during the 1996 NMRA Convention and was featured in the March issue of RAIL MODEL JOURNAL that same year. This layout is in a 24' x 24' basement and occupies a space of 24' x 13'. Construction features of this layout include the heavy use of spline sub-roadbed, a seven-layer helix and a layered backdrop. Rail is Code 55 and Code 40 and turnouts are scratchbuilt. Several spring turnouts are incorporated into the loop-to-loop track plan which covers 400 feet through mainly mountain terrain. Many scratch-built bridges and trestles dot the mainline. A signature feature of the railroad is a model of a large Tacoma seaside grain elevator with a detailed interior. Ted is converting the layout to DCC control.

Brand/Importer Information:
Precision Masters was founded in 1984 by Bob Byers as a part-time operation. Initially the company was focused on producing a new coupler type that was compatible with Kadee/MTL couplers but had more accurate dimensions. After two years, in 1986, PM released their first entry into Rolling stock with the 5-Bay Ortner Open Hopper. Eventually, their product line grew to comprise 11 different body styles.

Bob's goal with the PM product line was to produce an alternative to the current (1980s) manufacturers releases. At that time, Micro-Trains/Kadee was known for excellent quality models with accurate scale details and high quality printing. All the others produced somewhat clunky models with inaccurately scaled roofwalks, brake wheels, stirrups, ladders and other details. The goal at PM was to produce a close-to-Kadee quality model at a lower price point. One of the ways PM accomplished this was releasing their models in 'easy-build" kit form.

Bob sold substantially all of PM's assets to Red Caboose in March of 1998. Fortunately, Red Caboose continued to release these models until they also sold their assets to Fox Valley Models. Again fortunately, we continue to see releases of these excellent quality models via Fox Valley with InterMountain trains helping with distribution.

Item created by: gdm on 2018-04-22 19:05:32. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-06-11 11:41:07

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