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Micro-Trains - 098 44 180 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 4180 - CSX Transportation - 203310

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 098 44 180 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 4180 - CSX Transportation - 203310 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line
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Stock Number098 44 180
Secondary Stock Number098 44 180
Original Retail Price$32.95
BrandMicro-Trains
ManufacturerMicro-Trains Line
Body StyleMicro-Trains 098 Covered Hopper 2-Bay 50 Foot Airslide
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleCovered Hopper, 2-Bay, GATX Airslide 4180 (Details)
Road or Company NameCSX Transportation (Details)
Reporting MarksCSXT
Road or Reporting Number203310
Paint Color(s)Tan
Print Color(s)Black
Paint SchemePatched
Additional Markings/SloganC&O for Progress
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileStandard
Series NameCSX Family Tree
Series Release/Issue Number3
Announcement Date2017-11-01
Release Date2021-12-02
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCovered Hopper
Model Subtype2-Bay
Model Variety50 Foot Airslide
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale1/160



Specific Item Information: This 2-bay covered hopper is tan with black lettering and runs on Barber Roller Bearing trucks. Built in 1970 for Western Maryland, this 2,970 cubic-foot capacity hopper eventually made its way to CSX in the 1980s and was used to transport high-density granular commodities such as sand.
Series Information: CSX Transportation was formed through the mergers of Chessie System and Seaboard system, both of which also formed through mergers. It later absorbed roughly half of Conrail, and continues to operate as one of the largest East-coast Class 1 railroads. This 11 car series features prototype-weathered and patched paint schemes representing the major constituent heritage railroads in CSX's family tree.
Model Information: This is Micro-Trains model of the GATX 4180 c.f. covered Airslide hopper.
Prototype History:
The first Airslide covered hopper was introduced by General American Transportation Corporation (GATX) in 1953 and had a capacity of 2600 cubic feet. The Airslide is primarily designed for the bulk shipment of dry, granular or powdered commodities. The design of that car is such that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and with little spillage through the use of air pressure. The most common commodities carried include: flour, sugar, starch, plastic pellets, cement, powdered chemicals and carbon black.

Due to customer demand for larger covered hoppers capable of handling bulk commodities, General American Transportation Corporation introduced the larger 4180 c.f. model in 1963. GATX produced more than 5,000 of the 4180 cubic foot Airslide covered hoppers between 1963 and 1980. These very common cars continued General American’s “Airslide” family innovations from the 1950s, and proved valuable to bulk shippers who wanted a larger car than the earlier-design 2600 cubic foot cars provided.
Road Name History:
CSX Transportation (reporting mark CSXT) is a Class I railroad in the United States. The main subsidiary of the CSX Corporation, the railroad is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, and owns about 21,000 route miles (34,000 km). CSX operates one of the three Class I railroads serving most of the East Coast, the other two being the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS) and Canadian Pacific Railway. It also serves the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Together CSX and Norfolk Southern Railway have a duopoly over all east-west freight rail traffic east of the Mississippi River. As of October 1, 2014 CSX's total public stock value was slightly over $32 billion.

CSX Transportation was formed on November 1, 1980, by combining the railroads of the former Chessie System with Seaboard Coast Line Industries, and finally with the Seaboard System Railroad in 1986. The originator of the Seaboard System was the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad, which previously merged with the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1967, and later with the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, as well as several smaller subsidiaries such as the Clinchfield Railroad, Atlanta & West Point Railroad, Monon Railroad and the Georgia Railroad. The origin of the Chessie System was the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, which had merged with the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Western Maryland Railway.

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Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.
Manufacturer Information:
Micro-Trains Line split off from Kadee Quality Products in 1990. Kadee Quality Products originally got involved in N-Scale by producing a scaled-down version of their successful HO Magne-Matic knuckle coupler system. This coupler was superior to the ubiquitous 'Rapido' style coupler due to two primary factors: superior realistic appearance and the ability to automatically uncouple when stopped over a magnet embedded in a section of track. The success of these couplers in N-Scale quickly translated to the production of trucks, wheels and in 1972 a release of ready-to-run box cars.

Micro-Trains Line Co. split off from Kadee in 1990 to form a completely independent company. For this reason, products from this company can appear with labels from both enterprises. Due to the nature of production idiosyncrasies and various random factors, the rolling stock from Micro-Trains can have all sorts of interesting variations in both their packaging as well as the products themselves. When acquiring an MTL product it is very important to understand these important production variations that can greatly enhance (or decrease) the value of your purchase.

Please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide
Item created by: CMK on 2021-12-03 07:16:19. Last edited by CMK on 2021-12-03 10:50:29

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