MTH 30-75490 Cylindrical 4-Bay Hopper Car - 3-Rail - Ready to Run - RailKing

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This is MTH Electric Trains 30-75490 O scale cylindrical 4-bay hopper car, 3-rail, ready to run, RailKing® BNSF Railway #477432 (gray, black, white, GN logo). Until the advent of the covered hopper, bulk commodities like grain and cement were packed in sacks and loaded into boxcars. Loading and unloading was a tedious, time-consuming affair. In the 1930s, a few railroads took the basic coal hopper design and added a roof with loading hatches, enabling bulk commodities to be loaded from the top and unloaded from the bottom. In 1953, Pullman-Standard's 70-ton PS-2 became the first mass-produced covered hopper to be widely owned by U.S. railroads.

But these pioneering covered hoppers had one problem: Like other cars of their time, they were built on a frame with a center sill, or support beam, that ran down the middle. Some of the load would cake or collect on the beam, making it difficult to fully unload the cars. In 1961, American Car and Foundry solved the problem with the first center-flow covered hopper, with its support beams on the outside of the frame and unobstructed, full-width unloading doors. Today's cylindrical hoppers are all descended from that ACF innovation. Our model represents a modern 100-ton, 4-bay car designed for lighter density loads like grains and plastic pellets; denser commodities are generally shipped in 2- or 3-bay cars.

High quality, traditionally sized RailKing Freight Cars provide detailed bodies and colorful paint schemes for the O Gauge railroader. MTH makes an enormous variety of RailKing Freight Cars, including many different car types and roadnames. No matter what era or part of the country you are modeling, RailKing is sure to have something for you.

Its key features are:
Intricately detailed durable ABS body
Metal wheels and axles
Die-cast 4-wheel trucks
Operating die-cast metal couplers
Colorful, attractive paint schemes
Decorative brake wheels
Separate metal handrails
Fast-angle wheel sets
Needle-point axles
Unit measures: 13 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 3 7/16
Operates on O-31 curves

Condition: Factory New (C-9)
Operational Status: Functional
Original Box: Yes (P-9)

Manufacturer: MTH
Model Number: 30-75490
MSRP: $54.95

Scale/Era: O Modern
Model Type: Freight Cars

The Trainz SKU for this item is P12092822.

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