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N Scale - N Hobby Distributing - 77 - Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Archer Daniels Midland - 3-pack

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N Scale - N Hobby Distributing - 77 - Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Archer Daniels Midland - 3-pack


N Scale - N Hobby Distributing - 77 - Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Archer Daniels Midland - 3-pack


Brand N Hobby Distributing
Stock Number 77
Secondary Stock Number NHD #77
Manufacturer Atlas Model Railroad
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Atlas Covered Hopper 4-Bay ACF 5250 (Austrian/US Version)
Prototype Covered Hopper, 4-Bay, ACF Centerflow (Details)
Road or Company Name Archer Daniels Midland (Details)
Reporting Marks UELX, ADMX
Road or Reporting Number 3-pack
Paint Color(s) Light Gray
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 3
Multipack ID Number NHD #77
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 4-Bay
Model Variety ACF 5250
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Only 250 sets made.
Road numbers: UELX 300191, UELX 300198, ADMX 80137

Model Information: This model was originally produced by Roco for Atlas and appears in the Atlas 1967 catalog labeled "Coming Soon" with three road names. They are stamped 'Atlas Austria' on the bottom. The molds seems to have been owned by Atlas as they brought them to their New Jersey factory from Europe and started US production in 1986. The new releases were stamped "Atlas USA". This later release was numbered as the 3700 series with seven road names.

These two versions can be distinguished from the later Chinese version because there is only a single ridge towards the roof on the sides of the hopper.

Prototype History:
Contemporary 2-bay covered hoppers, like ACF's Centerflows, were 100-ton cars designed to haul dense loads, like cement. Their larger 3 and 4-bay brethren, while usually still having 100 ton capacities, were designed for lighter-density loads, like grain or flour. Their sizes had to do with the fact that a low-density product like grain will "cube out" the cubic capacity of a smaller 2-bay car way before you hit the cars' tonnage rating. Conversely, load a 3 or 4-bay covered hopper to its cubic maximum with a dense product like cement, and you'll wind up with a seriously overloaded car tonnage wise. In short, keep the smaller 2-bay cars for heavy commodities, and keep the larger cars for lighter loads like grains, sugar, flour, etc.

Road Name History:
As the world's population grows, so does demand for quality foods, feed ingredients for livestock, alternative fuels, and environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional chemicals. As one of the world's leading agricultural processors, ADM plays a pivotal role in meeting all of these needs.

ADM produces the food ingredients, animal feeds and feed ingredients, biofuels and other products that manufacturers around the world use to provide wholesome food and a better life to millions of people around the globe.

From the ADM Website

Brand/Importer Information: N Hobby Distributing (NHD) was based at 24 York Towne Drive, Englishtown, NJ 07726.

Manufacturer Information: 'Atlas Model Railroad' represents the New Jersey manufacturing facility for Atlas brand model railroad products. Atlas also imported European made models in their early years and those items will be noted as having manufacturers set appropriately. In the 1990s Atlas moved all their toolings to China.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2020-03-30 10:37:33. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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