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.
General service 40' GS Composite Gondola
Tichy Train Group TIC-2705
( former Dimi Trains 1106 )
40' High Side Beet Gondola general service gondola with sugar beet extensions
Tichy Train Group TIC-2707 KIT
( former Dimi Train 3000 )
52'-6" drop-end mill gondolas
These cars were all built to the same basic design by American Car & Foundry in 1951 and featured low sides (3'-3" IH), wood floors, UARCO hand brakes, ASF A-3 trucks and 1647 ft3 capacity. SP bought 150 gondolas. They are painted black with white lettering.
A roster of the G-70-8 class gondolas is provided as follows:
SP 160100-160149 (re #'d to SP 320000-320049)
Prototype N Scale Models (TM) by George Hollwedel
PNS0020 Gondola ThreePack with telephone pole loads
GS Gondola, Sugar Beet general service gondola with sugar beet extension
Road #6 #'s Avail
All Steel, Drop Bottom, General Service Gondola
Trainworx 2629-(01-12) Road # 151016, 151041, 151092, 151108, 151133, 151189, 151204, 151225, 151277, 151311, 151350, 151393.
As delivered brown w/spl circle
GS Composite Drop Bottom Gondola
Flat Side FMC Wood Chip Gondolas Flat Side (sometimes called interior post) chip car.
Southern Pacific had the largest fleet of this type of wood chip gondola and most of that fleet is still in the paint scheme you see here.
Most often used to carry wood chips for making paper and particle board, these cars can also be found hauling recycled aluminium from cities to smelters.
The prototypes have solid ends so they have to be rotary dumped, unloaded with a bucket loader, or in some cases, giant vacuums are used to suck out the wood chips!
- Single DeluxeInnovations 170306
- 6 Pack
Deluxe Innovation 170401
Wood Chip Gondolas
Central Oregon & Pacific (CORP) Central Oregon & Pacific was established in 1994 to take over operation of Southern Pacific's line through the Siskiyou Mountains in Southern and Central Oregon. Timber is the main industry for this region, so CORP leased a number of former SP wood chip gondolas to serve it. The conversion to CORP consisted of covering over the "SP" in the reporting marks and adding CORP in white over a black rectangle. The original SP numbers were used. Since these cars were battered when CORP took possession and have never really been "clean," we are presenting this run Factory Weathered based on actual CORP cars.
Deluxe Innovations 170601
- Single Deluxe Innovations 170603
63' Woodchip Gondola
50' Straight Side Gondola w/drop ends
Road # 94248
50' drop end gondola
USRA Composite Drop Bottom Gondola general service GS Composite Drop Bottom Gondola
6 Road # Avail
Jul / Aug 2008
65'6" Mill Gondola Designed to haul finished goods from the nation’s steel mills, mill gondolas were adept at carrying a wide variety of odd-sized loads – steel beams, metal plates, ship and aircraft components and the like.
Road # 160588
Road # 160550
3 Bay ORTNER rapid Discharge Hopper
Ortner, which is now part of Trinity Industries. Ortner's fairly unique looking square cars were by no means the first rapid discharge hoppers they built; in fact, by 1980, the year before this car was built, they'd already done ten thousand cars that looked more like the traditional hoppers we're used to seeing. This car sees special duty, in aggregate service, for example, but it does tend to move in unit trains.
The Southern Pacific's roster of these cars appears to be limited to the number series 481150 to 481399, which numbered 248 out of the possible 250 cars in the January 1985 ORER. Check out the disparity between the inside length, 29 feet 8 inches, and the outside length, 43 feet 10 inches. Annoyingly, there is no inside height specified, but the extreme height is given as 12 feet 10 inches. The capacity is 2300 cubic feet or 199,000 pounds. The lading carried in these cars tended to be heavier than that typically carried in hoppers. Rounding out the ORER checks, there were 246 cars listed in October 1996, and 140 still in place in the SP series under the Union Pacific in January 2002.
Difco(R) Dump Car These very distinctive cars are the railroad equivalent of a dump truck. Designed to carry up to 100 tons, they're fitted with large pneumatic cylinders and side doors, and can dump to the left or right of the tracks. While used primarily in work train service for dumping ballast, fill and rip rap, they can also be used in revenue service to carry sand, gravel, cinders, coal, limestone and other loose bulk materials used in industry.