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N Scale - Precision Masters - 1538 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, FMC 4700 - Erie Lackawanna - 2-Pack

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N Scale - Precision Masters - 1538 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, FMC 4700 - Erie Lackawanna - 2-Pack


Brand Precision Masters
Stock Number 1538
Manufacturer Precision Masters
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Precision Masters Covered Hopper 3-Bay 4700 FMC
Prototype Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, FMC 4700 (Details)
Road or Company Name Erie Lackawanna (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 2-Pack
Paint Color(s) Gray
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Ready-to-Run No
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety 4700 FMC
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1971-1981
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Precision Master first released this body style in kit form. Later on, they released the same body as a RTR (Ready-to-Run) model. In 2005, Red Caboose acquired this tooling from PM. Red Caboose released this model in RTR form. In 2015, Fox Valley acquired all the N Scale toolings from Red Caboose and is re-releasing these models in RTR (Ready-to-Run) versions with metal wheels and body-mount couplers, which improves this model from a 2nd generation to a 3rd genration piece of rolling stock.

Prototype History:
FMC Corp. built some 6,825 4,700-cubic-foot cars between 1971 and 1981. At first glance, these look like Pullman-Standard PS2-CD cars, but they can be distinguished by their tall sides, that extend down lower than the PS "high rise" design, and the horizontal groove that runs down the center of the side. They have 17 panel sides, separated by 16 vertical posts/ribs. FMC also made a 4,692-cubic-foot car that looks like the 4,700-cubic-foot car, but has a 5/4/5 side brace pattern.

Road Name History:
The Erie Lackawanna Railway (reporting mark EL), known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad until 1968, was formed from the 1960 merger of the Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. The official motto of the line was "The Friendly Service Route".

Like many railroads in the northeast already financially vulnerable from the expanding U.S. Interstate Highway System, the line was severely weakened fiscally by the extent, duration and record flood levels due to Hurricane Agnes in 1972. It would never recover, and most of the corporation's holdings were subsumed into the federal rescue purchases creating Conrail in 1976, ending its days as an operating railroad company.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Precision Masters was founded in 1984 by Bob Byers as a part-time operation. Initially the company was focused on producing a new coupler type that was compatible with Kadee/MTL couplers but had more accurate dimensions. After two years, in 1986, PM released their first entry into Rolling stock with the 5-Bay Ortner Open Hopper. Eventually, their product line grew to comprise 11 different body styles.

Bob's goal with the PM product line was to produce an alternative to the current (1980s) manufacturers releases. At that time, Micro-Trains/Kadee was known for excellent quality models with accurate scale details and high quality printing. All the others produced somewhat clunky models with inaccurately scaled roofwalks, brake wheels, stirrups, ladders and other details. The goal at PM was to produce a close-to-Kadee quality model at a lower price point. One of the ways PM accomplished this was releasing their models in 'easy-build" kit form.

Bob sold substantially all of PM's assets to Red Caboose in March of 1998. Fortunately, Red Caboose continued to release these models until they also sold their assets to Fox Valley Models. Again fortunately, we continue to see releases of these excellent quality models via Fox Valley with InterMountain trains helping with distribution.

Item created by: gdm on 2019-10-22 17:06:58

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