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N Scale - The Freight Yard - 9302 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 2600 - Nebraska Consolidated Mills - 42396

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N Scale - The Freight Yard - 9302 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 2600 - Nebraska Consolidated Mills - 42396 Image Courtesy of Elephant's Closet


N Scale - The Freight Yard - 9302 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 2600 - Nebraska Consolidated Mills - 42396 Image Courtesy of Elephant's Closet


Stock Number 9302
Brand The Freight Yard
Manufacturer Atlas
Body Style Atlas Covered Hopper GATX Airslide
Prototype Vehicle Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 2600 (Details)
Road or Company Name Nebraska Consolidated Mills (Details)
Reporting Marks GACX
Road or Reporting Number 42396
Paint Color(s) Gray
Print Color(s) Red and Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Series Name Premiere Editions
Release Date 1993-06-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay Centerflow
Model Variety Airslide
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This body style first appears in the 1992 Atlas catalogs, marked as "Coming in early '92". The first release was produced in six road names plus and undecorated car. The early production was performed in Atlas' New Jersey facility, but when Atlas moved all their toolings to China in the late 1990s, this mold was moved.

Prototype History:
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.

he Airslide was first patented in 1953, the same year Pullman Standard introduced their PS-2. What made the car unique was a set of fabric membranes in the hopper bays. Made of tightly woven cotton and treated with silicone, the Airslide® membranes were moisture-proof but allowed air to pass through. Compressed air was supplied at the unloading site and passed through the membrane up into the load. This aerated the load, allowing it to flow easily through the hoppers.

Road Name History:
Nebraska Consolidated Mills (NCM) was founded in 1919 by Frank Little and Alva Kinney, who brought together four grain mills at Grand Island, Nebraska.
In 1971, Nebraska Consolidated Mills changed its name to "ConAgra Foods", with "ConAgra" being a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "agriculture."

Brand/Importer Information:
The Freight Yard was a hobby shop that did custom decoration and special runs of other manufacturers' N Scale products. It sold its custom products under several brands or collections: Premiere Editions, by The Freight Yard and Dreams Design.
It was located in Anaheim, California and then moved to 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Established in the late 1980s, it stopped business under this name by the end of the 2000s.
The Freight Yard was owned and operated by Darren J. Cohen. Darren is now operating North Valley Trains.
The Freight Yard / Premiere Editions runs are usually available in series of two to twelve different numbers (suffixed A to M, with I not used).
The first two digits of the stock number correspond to the release year (9x being 199x, and 2x being 200x).

Item created by: gdm on 2017-01-06 10:41:57. Last edited by Alain LM on 2022-07-27 02:06:46

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