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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW-1131 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2-CD 4750 - Frito-Lay - 3-pack

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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW-1131 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2-CD 4750 - Frito-Lay - 3-pack
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Commissioned ByBrooklyn Locomotive Works
Production TypeSpecial Run
Stock NumberBLW-1131
Secondary Stock Number1131
Original Retail Price$39.95
BrandBrooklyn Locomotive Works
ManufacturerInterMountain Railway
Body StyleInterMountain Covered Hopper 3-Bay 4750
Prototype VehicleCovered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2-CD 4750 (Details)
Road or Company NameFrito-Lay (Details)
Reporting MarksPLCX
Road or Reporting Number3-pack
Paint Color(s)Gray
Print Color(s)Black
Coupler TypeGeneric Dummy Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
MultipackYes
Multipack Count3
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCovered Hopper
Model Subtype3-Bay
Model Variety4750 Cubic Foot
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced1972-1990's
Scale1/160
Track GaugeN standard



Specific Item Information: Car numbers 22309, 22358, and 22372 "These cars are owned and operated by the Frito Lay Company. They haul grain for the production of food products."
Model Information: Rib-side, 3-bay covered hoppers. 4750 cubic foot capacity. Features etched metal roofwalks, sharp painting and lettering, multiple road numbers per paint scheme, and metal wheels (at least for the 2017 release - earlier releases likely have plastic wheelsets).

InterMountain does not refer to a specific prototype on their website for this model, but I have seen it referred to as both a PS (Pullman-Standard) as well as a Thrall. Perhaps the model has elements of both prototypes baked into the molding? Would love to hear from a prototype expert on this one...
Prototype History:
Manufactured by Pullman Standard from 1972 through the 1990's at least, these 4750 Cu. Ft. Hoppers were considered the 'Standard of the Industry' at the time. It is one of the most common freight cars in the rail scene since the late '70's. Features unique to this car include the 18 vertical posts on the car side (19 panel side) and compound curve roof (called by some a clerestory roof).
The 4,740 and 4,750 designs are often mistaken for each other, although the 4,750 has two more panels.
Road Name History:
Frito-Lay, Inc is based in Dallas Texas.
Brand/Importer Information:
Brooklyn Locomotive works is a hobby shop that is located in Manalapan, New Jersey. Pete A. Postel founded BLW in 1979. They specialize in N Scale although they claim to cover other scales as well. In addition to serving as a volume discounter with competitive pricing for N Scale hobbyists, Brooklyn Locomotive works also often works with various manufacturers to create their own line of branded special runs. These special runs are usually only available through their retail operation (online or storefront). They also worked for a limited time in the early 1980s as a custom decorator. They bought undecorated kits from Micro-Trains and painstakingly custom painted and decaled a series of cars for collectors.
Commissioner Information: Brooklyn Locomotive Works is a hobby shop, specialized in N-scale, located in Manalapan, New Jersey, that also sells on-line. BLW regularly commissions special runs.
The company was founded by Pete Postel who announced that he would retired by end of 2018. His brother Paul should continue the business from his own shop Hogtrainz.com.

Brooklyn Locomotive Works (BLW) released special runs from various manufacturers under its own brand until approx. the mid-1980s. Thereafter the special runs where sold under the manufacturer's name and denoted as special runs for BLW. Hence in this database, we assign the BLW brand in the former case, and the original manufacturer's brand in the latter.
Item created by: dennis.kamper on 2021-07-16 08:35:28. Last edited by Alain LM on 2022-08-14 02:45:50

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