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N Scale - Bowser - 37628 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, GLa - Pennsylvania Salt & Mining

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N Scale - Bowser - 37628 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, GLa - Pennsylvania Salt & Mining GLA 2BAY HOPPER Pennsylvania Salt & Mfg Co knuckle coup


Stock Number 37628
Brand Bowser
Manufacturer Bowser
Body Style Bowser Open Hopper GLa-2
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay, GLa (Details)
Road or Company Name Pennsylvania Salt & Mining (Details)
Reporting Marks PSM
Road or Reporting Number multi
Paint Color(s) Red
Release Date 2004-12-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety GLa 2
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



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Model Information: Bowser originally produced these models in kit form. However, all releases since 2007 or so are in Ready-To-Run (RTR) form. The kit form it included: a one piece plastic molded body, underframe, brake wheel, air reservoir, brake cylinder, control valve, X2f and McHenry KS couplers, plastic trucks/wheels and steel car weights.

This model comes in two variations: a vertical and a horizontal brake wheel. The ones with vertical brake wheels are delicate, so handle them with care. The plastic loads that come with the cars are low-to-mid grade quality and not up to the standards of the rest of this quite excellent car. Recent releases use high grade (MTL clone) body-mounted couplers and blackened metal wheels and are easily a nice value for their relatively low cost.

Prototype History: In 1898, Pressed Steel Car Co. built the first all-steel hopper car designated the GL. The Pennsylvania Railroad would purchase several thousand of this design. Due to production backlogs at P.S.C.Co. and flaws in the initial design, the Penny came up with its own all-steel, bottom-discharge hopper car in 1904 designated the GLa. Approximately 30,000 GLa's were produced between 1904 and 1920. The Pennsy also built Gla's for numerous coal companies who were anxious for the well-built and reasonably priced cars. Until the 1960s, this design was one of the three most numerous classes of PRR freight cars. Although by this time, these cars began to rapidly disappear from the PRR roster, a few made it into the Penn Central and even Conrail rosters, lasting into the early 1980s.

Road Name History: The Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company operated multiple salt mines in Natrona Pennsylvania (Allegheny County). Natrona in fact, was a company town created to service the mines. The Natrona facility was built to process aluminum ore shipped in from their cryolite deposits in Greenland. The Natrona plant mined the salt from the salt wells in Natrona, pulverized it, sifted and heated it along with the cryolite ore to create sodium aluminate. The company also operated bituminous coal mines in Natrona.

Brand/Importer Information: On May 1, 1961, Bowser was purchased by Lewis and Shirlee English and moved from Redlands, CA to their basement in Muncy, PA. The original Bowser Manufacturing Co first advertised in the model railroad magazines in November 1948. At that time, the company had only one (HO Scale) engine, the Mountain, which had a cast brass boiler that is no longer available. It was sometime later that Bowser (Redlands) developed the NYC K-11 and the UP Challenger. The molds were made by K. Wenzlaff who introduced himself at the MRIA Show in Pasadena, CA in 1985 These two locomotives are still current production.

Bowser entered into N Scale in 1998 with their acquisition of the Delaware Valley Car Company, a manufacturer of N scale freight cars.


Item created by: Lethe on 2015-10-02 10:12:27. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-29 21:55:48

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