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N Scale - Trainworx - 2435-08 - Open Hopper, 4-Bay Steel - Southern - 77956

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Stock Number 2435-08
Original Retail Price $22.95
Brand Trainworx
Manufacturer Trainworx
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Trainworx Open Hopper 4-Bay 100 Ton
Prototype Vehicle Open Hopper, 4-Bay Steel (Details)
Road or Company Name Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks SOU
Road or Reporting Number 77956
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2013-10-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 4-Bay
Model Variety 100 Ton
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160
Track Gauge N standard



Model Information: This model was first released in 2001 and has been in regular production through the time of this writing (2021). Over 600 different models have been produced from this tooling. The model was originally released in kit form (no trucks) or assembled (with MTL trucks/couplers). The most recent release now appears to use body-mounted MTL knock-offs. The current model uses chemically blackened brass metal wheel produced by Fox Valley. The model comes with a coal load. It is a solid 2nd generation model that has been updated with some 3rd generation features with this most recent release,.

Prototype History:
The 1960s brought about a growth in car size (and capacity). Railroads that transported coal moved away from the older 2-bay 55-ton USRA standard to newer 90- and 100-ton three bay hoppers. These cars were effective and long-lived. Many railroads swapped out the trucks on these cars to increase the capacity to 100 tons. Many companies produced these, including Pullman, Bethlehem, Evans, Greenville, Trinity and Ortner. The offset side variant of these hoppers carried a little more capacity than their rib-sided cousins.

Road Name History:
The Southern Railway (reporting mark SOU) (also known as Southern Railway Company) was a US class 1 railroad that was based in the Southern United States. It was the product of nearly 150 predecessor lines that were combined, reorganized and recombined beginning in the 1830s, formally becoming the Southern Railway in 1894.

At the end of 1970 Southern operated 6,026 miles (9,698 km) of railroad, not including its Class I subsidiaries AGS (528 miles or 850 km) CofG (1729 miles) S&A (167 miles) CNOTP (415 miles) GS&F (454 miles) and twelve Class II subsidiaries. That year Southern itself reported 26111 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 110 million passenger-miles; AGS reported 3854 and 11, CofG 3595 and 17, S&A 140 and 0, CNO&TP 4906 and 0.3, and GS&F 1431 and 0.3

The railroad joined forces with the Norfolk and Western Railway (N&W) in 1982 to form the Norfolk Southern Corporation. The Norfolk Southern Corporation was created in response to the creation of the CSX Corporation (its rail system was later transformed to CSX Transportation in 1986). The Southern Railway was renamed Norfolk Southern Railway in 1990 and continued under that name ever since. Seven years later in 1997 the railroad absorbed the Norfolk and Western Railway, ending the Norfolk and Western's existence as an independent railroad.

Brand/Importer Information:
Trainworx was founded in 1999 by Pat Sanders and is located in Delta Colorado. Their first freight car was the Quad hopper and it was released in 2000. They have been making N scale products ever since. Their website can be found at www.train-worx.com. As of 2016, they have produced 8 different rolling stock body styles as well as a range of different highway vehicles in N Scale. Their limited edition runs have proven a huge success with collectors and modelers enjoy the accuracy of all their products.

Trainworx sells their products both through tradional retail channels as well as directly by phone order. When asked "What prompted you to found Trainworx?", Pat Sanders responded "There was a freight car that hadn't been done in N scale that I just had to have and it didn't look like anyone was ever going to make it."

Item created by: nscalestation on 2017-04-29 23:49:40. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-03 16:37:30

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