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N Scale - - SXT30943 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Gunderson 5188 - Kansas City Southern - 286944

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N Scale - - SXT30943 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Gunderson 5188 - Kansas City Southern - 286944

Stock Number SXT30943
Original Retail Price $39.99
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Covered Hopper 3-Bay Gunderson 5188
Prototype Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, Gunderson 5188 (Details)
Road or Company Name Kansas City Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks KCS
Road or Reporting Number 286944
Paint Color(s) Blue and Gray with Red and Yellow Stripes
Print Color(s) Yellow and White
Paint Scheme Belle
Coupler Type Type E Semi-Scale Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2018-10-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety Gunderson 5188
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Correct covered hopper body for KCS Belle paint scheme; From series 286750-287049; Built 2007-2008 in Mexico at Gunderson Concarril; 10 intermediate panels, all the same width; Fiberglass roof hatch; Minor AutoLok II Gravity Outlets; Color matched to TruColor TCP-75 PRR Brunswick Green, TCP-299 KCS Southern Belle Red, and TCP-300 KCS Southern Belle Yellow.

Model Information: ScaleTrains first announced this model in early 2018 and first delivered it in October of 2018. It is a highly detailed model of a 4-bay covered hopper car. It features: Up to 22 different road numbers; Photo-etched stainless steel see through roofwalk with metal grab irons; Photo-etched stainless steel see through end platforms; Factory-applied trainline pipe; Separately applied brake cylinder and linkage, control valve, air reservoir.; Brake wheel, stand, and chain; Plastic semi-scale Type E lower knuckle couplers – Micro-Trains® compatible; ASF Ride Control trucks with finely rendered raised foundry data; Minimum radius: 9 ¾”; Recommended radius: 11”; Photo etched stirrup steps; Body mounted coupler box that can accept Micro-Trains® 1015/1016 type couplers.

Prototype History:
Grain and grain products are one of the leading commodities hauled by railroads today. Typically carried in covered hoppers, designs have evolved over the years to increase the efficiency of handling this vital commodity. One of the more popular designs to emerge in recent years is the Gunderson-GIMSA/Concarril 5188cf Covered Hopper. Car Height, extreme: 15’ 6”. Length, over couplers: 52’ 10 1/8”. Cubic Capacity: 5,188 cu. ft.. Light weight: 62,000 lbs.

The Gunderson 5188cf is a large 3-bay hopper that measures 58’ over the coupler centers and is built to fit within the Plate C clearance diagram. These all-steel cars feature a capacity of 5,188 cubic feet and are equipped with trough-style loading hatches for efficient loading. The hatch covers can either be made of metal or non-metal materials depending upon customer specifications. Each of its three bays features a 30” x 30” outlet opening, which can be outfitted with a variety of outlet types depending upon customer requirements and/or commodities to be handled.

With the production of these cars starting in 2007, they have gone through several design changes including the quantity and width of panels used to construct the car sides, addition of two or four large horizontal ribs on the car sides, and placement and design of pulling loops.


Road Name History:
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (reporting mark KCS), owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and third-oldest Class I railroad in North America (just behind Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railway) still in operation. KCS was founded in 1887 and is currently operating in a region consisting of ten central U.S. states. KCS also owns and indirectly operates Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) in the central and northeastern states of Mexico, and is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside of Mexico's boundaries (Ferromex is the only other Class I operating in Mexico). Including all trackage owned by wholly owned subsidiaries, KCS owns a total of approximately 9,600 kilometers (6,000 route miles) of track.

Kansas City Southern is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Annual revenues as of 2007 were US$1.7 billion with 6,485 employees, and a market cap of roughly US$5 billion. Kansas City Southern company stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KSU.

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Brand/Importer Information:, Inc. is an upstart HO and N Scale model manufacturer that was founded by a team with more than 125 years of accumulated experience in the model railroad hobby and industry.

ScaleTrains is specifically focused on the tiny details in the printing and quality of the construction. The four friends who founded the company are all avid modelers themselves. Their factory is located in Tennessee. Unlike most other companies, they offer a range of different levels of complexity in their offerings so as to be able to provide products for both the budget-conscious collector as well as the detail-focused model enthusiast without compromising on quality for either.

They range covers the following, by increasing level of detailing:
  1. Operator™ trains are built for modelers who enjoy running high-quality, realistic trains at an affordable price. Designed from builder’s drawings and photographs, Operator models have fewer factory-applied parts and simplified printing. For added versatility, super-detail parts are available separately.
  2. The Rivet Counter™ line strives to create the most accurately detailed models imaginable. The real-world counterpart is meticulously researched to ensure prototype fidelity. Each model features numerous factory applied parts including roadname and road number specific details whenever possible.
  3. Museum Quality™ models are historically accurate replicas of the most famous locomotives in North American railroading history. Exhaustive research and a commitment to perfection combine to create the ultimate scale model. Museum Quality trains establish new standards which make them just as legendary as the original.

Item created by: gdm on 2018-10-10 09:10:43

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