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Z Scale - Full Throttle - FT-COL57 - Open Hopper, Woodchip - Various - 2-Pack

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Z Scale - Full Throttle - FT-COL57 - Open Hopper, Woodchip - Various - 2-Pack Image Courtesy of WDW Full Throttle


Brand Full Throttle
Stock Number FT-COL57
Original Retail Price $56.00
Manufacturer Full Throttle
Body Style Full Throttle Open Hopper 2-Bay Offset Woodchip
Prototype Vehicle Open Hopper, Woodchip (Details)
Road or Company Name Various (Details)
Reporting Marks GN & NP
Road or Reporting Number 2-Pack
Paint Color(s) Black & Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Full Throttle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number FT-COL57
Release Date 2022-01-04
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Rolling Stock
Model Subtype Open Hopper
Model Variety Woodchip, Offset
Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)



Item Specific Notes: Road Numbers: NP 70278 7 GN 72024

Model Information: Once considered trash, woodchips morphed into a valuable commodity during the 20th Century. Their use as pulp in paper production, bedding and fill in farm and ranch, mulches for gardening, playground surfacing, forest fire prevention, and not least as an alternate fuel source, propelled them into being a profitable industry. And of course, railroads would be responsible for transporting this modern bounty. What vehicles better than hopper cars to transport it? The lighter weight to volume of woodchips compared to coal or gravel allowed for larger capacity cars, and to achieve this, all manner of hopper extensions were conceived. From wood planking and braced plywood to welded steel and even scrap parts from old or wrecked cars were utilized to increase capacities.

Prototype History:
As the timber industry discovered new uses for wood chips (they had been burning them as waste,) the railroad industry hurried to develop a means to haul them economically. By adding extension boards to standard 70 ton coal hoppers, many roads were able to take on this traffic. Some railroads preferred flat side extensions made from steel or composite (steel and plywood) while others preferred rib-sided extensions.

In New England in the 1950s-1970s a very common car on the B&M system were the "Woodsville hoppers". They were basically B&M 70 ton hopper cars slightly modified for wood chip service and were based out of Woodsville, NH. They could be seen everywhere from Portland on the Maine Central system to Southern Connecticut on the New Haven.

Road Name History:
This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.

Brand/Importer Information:
Greetings, I'm Will, a Fine Arts graduate of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania who grew up in the Delaware Valley. I worked for 30 years with the Pennsylvania German Folklife Society. For ten years I had a permanent booth, each month showing my "PA Dutch" wares, at the country's largest under-roof Antique Market in Atlanta, GA. When Mom and Dad started to have health issues, I was forced to give up the nomadic life, but during my travels I came to love Z Scale Model Railroading, as I could easily take small layouts with me to the motels and play with my trains in the evenings!
Now that Mom and Dad are gone, and after many years of providing care for my "Pappy" in Florida, I find myself a homebody in the "Sunshine State" with a neat little business, supplying interested Z hobbyists with rolling stock and unique quality products!

Item created by: CNW400 on 2022-01-14 13:00:05. Last edited by CNW400 on 2022-01-14 13:01:06

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