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N Scale - Bachmann - 73987 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, 47 Foot 70 Ton - Wabash - 32985

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N Scale - Bachmann - 73987 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, 47 Foot 70 Ton - Wabash - 32985


Brand Bachmann
Stock Number 73987
Original Retail Price $10.00
Manufacturer Bachmann
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Bachmann Covered Hopper 3-Bay 70 Ton PS-2
Prototype Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2 (Details)
Prototype Description Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, 47 Foot 70 Ton
Road or Company Name Wabash (Details)
Reporting Marks WAB
Road or Reporting Number 32985
Paint Color(s) Gray
Print Color(s) Blue
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 2002-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety 47 Foot 70- Ton
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Specific Item Information: An earlier version of this car was #5485 1/1/1969 for $2.00. This version was shown in the 2002 Catalog and comes in a plastic two part case instead of the clam shell or cardboard box.

Model Information: Bachmann originally released this body style in 1968 and marketed it as a 47 Foot 70 Ton hopper. It was released in 6 different road names with the standard nickel-silver plated wheels and Rapido couplers. One product number 5499 lists the road name as "assorted". My guess is that means you can get any one of the 6 road names in this box. Later catalogs ONLY list the assorted version. Again, my guess is that Bachmann was having trouble keeping all 6 road names in stock at all times.

More recently this car has been updated with EZ-Mate II couplers and blackened metal wheels. The new releases are marketed as a "PS-2 Three Bay Covered Hoppers". With five hatches on each side, a center mounted roofwalk, 3 bays, ribs and the same brake wheel placement, it is clear that this is the same car as the earlier 47 Foot 70 Ton Covered Hopper. Whether a new mold was created is anybody's guess, but with the long lifespan of this body style, it is likely the mold has been redone more than once in the near 50 year lifetime of this tooling.

Prototype History:
Like their PS-1 boxcars, PS-5 gondolas and other car designs, Pullman Standard applied the PS-2 classification to all of its covered hoppers. Pullman Standard built covered hoppers in many sizes and configurations. But say “PS-2” to railfans and it is this particular car that usually first comes to mind. The 2003 cubic foot car was one of the first, smallest and prolific of the PS-2 cars.

Pullman began building its standardized freight car designs with the PS-1 boxcar in 1947. Next up would be a standard covered hopper – hence PS-2 – shortly thereafter. Although covered hoppers are among the most common cars on the rails today, in 1947 they were a rarity. The PS-2’s primary competition wasn’t other covered hopper designs but boxcars. Grain, cement, sand and dried chemicals were carried mostly in boxcars prior to the 1950s either in sacks and bags or poured in bulk through hatches in the roof. The theory here was that it made more sense to utilize a single car for a variety of products. The car could carry bags of cement one way and then cut lumber the other. Of course a car that could do many things often couldn’t do many of them well.

Prototype Description: The highly successful PS-2 covered hopper was designed by Pullman Standard in the 1940s. This virtually all-welded 2-bay hopper had a 2003 cubic foot capacity and was well suited for a variety of transportable bulk commodities such as sugar, wheat and oat flour and calcium carbide. However by 1952, the demand for a larger covered hopper was quite evident. Pullman Standard quickly responded with a new 3-bay car. This new hopper was just what the railroads and lessees wanted and it soon superseded the 2-bay car in production.

Road Name History:
The Wabash Railroad (reporting mark WAB) was a Class I railroad that operated in the mid-central United States. It served a large area, including track in the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Missouri and the province of Ontario. Its primary connections included Chicago, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; Detroit, Michigan; Buffalo, New York; St. Louis, Missouri; and Toledo, Ohio.

The Wabash's major freight traffic advantage was the direct line from Kansas City to Detroit, without going through St. Louis or Chicago. Despite the Wabash name disappearing in the 1960s, the company continued to exist on paper until being merged into the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1991.

At the end of 1960 Wabash operated 2,423 miles of road on 4,311 miles of track, not including Ann Arbor and NJI&I; that year it reported 6,407 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 164 million passenger-miles.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: meadowsn1956 on 2019-11-17 12:43:58. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-11-18 00:51:57

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