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Z Scale - Intermountain - 85121-05 - Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, Cylindrical - Saskatchewan Grain Car - 397151

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Z Scale - Intermountain - 85121-05 - Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, Cylindrical - Saskatchewan Grain Car - 397151 Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway
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Brand Intermountain
Stock Number 85121-05
Original Retail Price $0.00
Manufacturer Intermountain
Body Style Intermountain Covered Hopper 4-Bay Cylindrical
Prototype Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, Cylindrical (Details)
Road or Company Name Saskatchewan Grain Car (Details)
Reporting Marks SKNX
Road or Reporting Number 397151
Paint Color(s) Brown, Red
Print Color(s) Yellow
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype Cylindrical
Model Variety 4-Bay Trough Hatch
Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



Item Specific Notes: Built NEW 4-81

Prototype History:
ACF introduced their roundish cylindrical hoppers in the early 1960s. The cars differed greatly from the ribbed sided hoppers of the era. They have been made in 3-bay and 6-bay variations. These cylindrical hoppers were superseded on ACF’s production line by the Centerflow in 1964, a revolutionary design that influenced later covered hopper types. In the late 60s or early 70s Canada came out with 4-bay covered hoppers that appear to be derived from ACF’s pre-Centerflow cylindrical hoppers. These cars were used by CN, CP and various smaller Canadian shippers. There is some question as to why the Canadian builder based their design off the older cylindrical and not ACF’s newer Centerflow. It was likely a patent issue and copying it could have triggered legal action against the Canadian builders. There are also certain structural design differences between the cylindrical and centerflow cars and perhaps the decision to copy the cylindrical was based on the greater volume capacity of the cylindrical design.

Road Name History:
The Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation (SGCC) is a provincial Treasury Board Crown Corporation responsible for the management of the Government of Saskatchewan's fleet of railway hopper cars.

The Corporation leases hopper cars for movement of western grain in the Grain Handling and Transportation System.

Brand/Importer Information:
InterMountain was founded in 1985 by Fred Brummet. They got started in the model railroad business by producing O-Scale model kits. They got started in the N Scale business almost a decade later when in 1994 they introduced the 40-23 reefer car in kit form. Later, in 1998, they started producing RTR (Ready-to-Run) models. By the early 2000s, InterMountain phased out kit production in favor of the RTR models.

The InterMountain Railway company is located at 1224 Boston Ave in Longmont, CO. They are a manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale model trains. They have produced kits as well as RTR (Ready-To-Run) models. Their N Scale products include locomotives as well as rolling stock. Their rolling stock lineup includes Boxcars, Hoppers, Tank Cars, Reefers, Gondolas, Stock Cars and Flatcars.

Their locomotive releases have primarily been diesel units, with the one major exception being their series of AC-12 Cab Forward steam locos. Their diesel lineup includes F3's, F7's, F9's, SD40's, SD45's and FT units. They are known for quality and detail. They also release their rolling stock in larger varieties of road numbers than most of the other manufacturers.

Item created by: petecduffy on 2019-04-01 12:46:56. Last edited by gdm on 2019-04-02 17:38:48

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