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AZL - 903902-1 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Chessie System - 605110

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Z Scale - AZL - 903902-1 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Chessie System - 605110
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BrandAZL
Stock Number903902-1
Original Retail Price$39.00
ManufacturerAZL
Body StyleAZL Covered Hopper 2-Bay ACF
Prototype VehicleCovered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF Centerflow (Details)
Road or Company NameChessie System (Details)
Reporting MarksB&O
Road or Reporting Number605110
Paint Color(s)Yellow
Print Color(s)Black
Coupler TypeAZL AutoLatch
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Release Date2016-04-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCovered Hopper
Model Subtype2-Bay
Model VarietyACF
RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



Model Information: American Z Line is excited to introduce an all new body style to the Z scale market. Now available is ACF 2-Bay covered hoppers. This completes the series as AZL has released ACF 3-Bay and ACF 4-Bay hoppers previously. The cars feature: Photo etched brass walkways and ladders; Numerous add on parts; AZL Roller-Bearing trucks with blackened metal wheels; AZL AutoLatchTM couplers; Fine pad printing
Prototype History:
The 2-bay covered hopper first entered service in the 1950s. The cars handle loads such as cement, sand and similar denser bulk commodities. In the 1960s, American Car and Foundry introduced the Centerflow design. The Centerflow relies on the car's rounded body to provide structural strength without the added weight of bracing, as well as making gravity unloading easier. This 2-bay car came in a 2,970-cubic foot capacity.

The first ACF covered hoppers were rib-side cars, like many others of the time. In the 1960's ACF eliminated the supporting ribs and started building what they called the Center Flow(R) hopper with a smooth, rounded side. The cars were built at several ACF plants, but the Huntington, West Virginia plant built only Center Flow cars since their inception and was the primary builder.
Road Name History:
Chessie System, Inc. was a holding company that owned the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway (C&O), the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (B&O), the Western Maryland Railway (WM), and several smaller carriers. It was incorporated in Virginia on February 26, 1973, and it acquired the C&O (which controlled the other companies) on June 15. C&O had been popularly known as "Chessie System" since the 1930s.

The three railroads had been closely related since the 1960s. C&O had acquired controlling interest in B&O in 1962, and the two had jointly controlled WM since 1967.

On November 1, 1980, Chessie System merged with Seaboard Coast Line Industries to form CSX Corporation. However, the Chessie image continued to be applied to new and re-painted equipment until mid-1986, when CSX introduced its own paint scheme. The B&O and C&O were not legally merged out of existence until 1987, when the company's official successor, CSX Transportation was founded.

Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, the Chessie System was the creation of Cyrus S. Eaton and his prot?g? Hays T. Watkins, Jr., then president and chief executive officer of C&O. A chief source of revenue for the Chessie System was coal mined in West Virginia. Another was the transport of auto parts and finished motor vehicles.

The signature symbol of the Chessie System was its "Ches-C", a large emblem incorporating the outline of the C&O's famous "Chessie" the kitten logo. The Ches-C was emblazoned on the front of all Chessie System locomotives, and also served as the "C" in "Chessie System" on the locomotive's flanks, and on other rolling stock. The Chessie System itself did not own any locomotives or other rolling stock; rather, equipment would be placed on the roster of one of the three component railroads. While all three companies shared a common paint scheme of yellow, vermillion, and blue, actual ownership of the equipment was denoted by the reporting marks C&O, B&O, or WM.

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Brand/Importer Information:
AZL is the leader in North American Z scale locomotives and rolling stock. Since 2000, AZL has released a vast variety of freight, passenger and locomotives. AZL continues to push the boundaries of Z scale with amazing details and incredible performance. No matter if you are looking to run steam, or the most modern diesels, AZL has something for you.
Item created by: CNW400 on 2021-06-17 11:45:02

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