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Southern Pacific Freight Cars

These pages will list N scale "Ready tu run" models of the Southern Pacific freight cars available in the last 4-5 years.
Some model are listed as "Collectible" if there is not a current release available, but a previous release can stil found on e-bay or some "specialist" collectors site or shops.
Prototype basic historic informations are desumed from sources listed above.
If some of you found errors or have additional informations or models, please contact me via e-mail, and I will provide page update and credits.
Prototypal correct models are indicated with the "Oscar" Award!
A big "thanks" to George Hollwedel -Prototype N Scale Models (TM) for some important addition and corrections.

COVERED HOPPERS

H-70-6
70 Ton AC&F Closed side Covered
These 2-bay covered hopper cars were all built to the same basic design by American Car & Foundry in 1949. All were of 1958 ft3 capacity.

Kato 186-0210
Road # 90602, 90801
Two Car Set

H-70-10

These cars were all built to the same basic design by Pullman Standard in 1953. All were of 1958 ft3 capacity and were the only 2-bay covered hoppers on the SP system to feature a large triangular opening in the side between the bays.

Deluxe Innovations 170301

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40' Airslide Hopper
The airslide covered hopper was introduced by General American Transportation Corporation (GATX) in 1953. Approx. 5000 of the 2600 cu. ft. cars were built between that year and 1969.
The airslide is primarily designed for the bulk shipment of dry, granular or powdered commodities. The design of that car is such that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and with little spillage through the use of air pressure.
The most common commodities carried include: flour, sugar and starch.

Atlas 38523
(GACX) Road # 42917

Atlas 38524
(GACX) Road # 42929
H-70-16
2-Bay 40' Covered PS-2
Built by Pullman Standard starting in the late 1940's and into the 1950's, the PS-2 Covered Hoppers were used to transport granular bulk commodities, such as cement, soda ash, sand and grain.

These 2-bay, PS-2 covered hopper cars were all built to the same basic design by Pullman Standard in 1957. All were of 2003 ft3 capacity
Model mount 50-ton friction bearing or 70-ton roller bearing ( where appropriate by road name), Intricate brake detail, Accumate® couplers

Atlas 31652
Road #401298


Atlas 31651
Road # 401292
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2-Bay Covered Hopper
Deluxe Innovation 71703,
3-car set : 71703-3
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3-Bay 2893 PS-2
Pullman-Standard dominated the covered hopper car market beginning in the 1950s, thanks to the design success of their PS-2 series of covered hoppers. Designed to carry bulk commodities, such as grain, cement and plastic pellets, these cars roamed the rails of North America for decades, attesting to their utilitarian functionality.
Athern 11384
Athern 11446
H-70-21
40' GATX Airsilde
The airslide covered hopper was introduced by General American Transportation Corporation (GATX) in 1953. Approx. 5000 of the 2600 cu. ft. cars were built between that year and 1969. The airslide is primarily designed for the bulk shipment of dry, granular or powdered commodities. The design of that car is such that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and with little spillage through the use of air pressure. The most common commodities carried include: flour, sugar, starch, plastic pellets, cement, powdered chemicals and carbon black.
These cars were all built to the same basic design by General American in 1961. All were of 2600 ft3 capacity and were built as Airslide Hopper cars. These 15 cars were of the early General American design for 2600 ft3 Airslides as is evidenced by their lack of triangular gusset plates on the ends.

Atlas 38522
Road # 403010

Model: Gray / Black / AccuMate Couplers, Roofwalks, 70-Ton Roller Bearing Truck

H-70-x
2-Bay ACF Centerflow

Atlas 39093
Road # 490179

Gray / Black Ltrs / Built: 2-75 / AccuMate Couplers

 
ACF Center Flow  2-Bay Covered Hopper
InterMountain 66511-04
Road # 490369
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4650 3-Bay ACF Center Flow® Covered Hopper w/Elongated Hatches
This 3 bay ACF Center Flow® covered hopper has elongated hatches and is painted gray with black lettering. This car was built by AC&F in July of 1980 to transport intermediate weight dry bulk loadings and runs on black Barber® roller bearing trucks.

Micro Trains 94040
Road # SP 49653
Reprint: December 2003

Gray / Black Ltrs/ Barber Roller Bearing trucks

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ACF 4650 Cubic Foot Center Flow 3-Bay Hopper
InterMountain 67003
 
3-Bay Cylindrical Covered Hopper
Bowser 37286
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PS-2CD 4000 cu ft Covered Hoppe

The tooling for the N scale model was prepared by Chris Clune at the same time he tooled the HO scale version and the PS-2CD 4740, which were later sold to Tangent. The RTR model will feature etched metal roof walks, McHenry couplers and thin-tread metal wheels.
Era: 1960's to Present - Truck Type: Athearn 100 Ton - Wheels: CNC-Machined 36" wheels

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HOPPERS

 
33' - Twin Bay Hopper - Rib Side
The American Car&Foundry at Hungtington West Virginia, built this hopper in October 1956. Number SP 460671 is part of 275 car order that was built for SP and his subsidiary, Texas& New Orleans
The AAR class HK hopper has a 1.880 cu.ft. , 140.000 lb capacity and is equipped with bettendorf trucks. It was used in company ballast service.

Micro Trains 56340
Road # 460671

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90-Ton 3-Bay Open Hopper

Atlas 40456
Road # 481071

H-100-34
100 Ton three-bay steel hoppers
These 3-bay open hopper cars were all built to the same basic design by American Car & Foundry in 1977 to mid-1990s. The American Car and Foundry lot number is 11-09114. and the number series is 481000 - 481149. The ORER for April 1981 shows the series 481000 to 481149 with all 150 cars, AAR Classification HT and description merely "Hopper". The inside length was 45 feet, outside length 48 feet8 inches, extreme height 12 feet4 inches and capacity 3433 cubic feet or 200,000 pounds. In the October 1991 Register there were 105 cars remaining. But there were just seven cars remaining in the October 1996 ORER . These cars were very common in sand, gravel and aggregates service.
Atlas 40431
Road # 481000
Micro Trains 108 00 181 Road # 481087
Micro Trains 108 00 182 Road # 481089
. 5-Bay Ortner Rapid Discharge Hopper Red Caboose 25804
Road # 481251

On Line References :

- David Coscia's SP site :http://webpages.charter.net/altalair/sp_models_n.html

- Lee A. Gautreaux's The SP Freight Cars Page : http://www.railgoat.railfan.net/spcars/index.htm
( source for Classification and historical info used here)

- Richard.A.Percy’s Freight Car Specification Sheet- : http://espee.railfan.net/sp_fcss-index.html

- Respective Manufacturers sites : Atlas , Athern , Micro-trains Intermountain , Deluxe Innovation, Tichy Train Group, etc…
- a list of Models Manufactirers links at http://espee.railfan.net/biz_ms.html

OFF Line References ( Sometimes called "Books" ) :

- Anthony W. Thompson ( Signature Press ) Southern Pacific Freight Cars serie ( vol. 1-4)
- Anthony W. Thompson, Robert J. Church and Bruce H. Jones : Pacific Fruit Express

 


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