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N Scale - Trainworx - 14017-6 - Open Hopper, 4-Bay Steel - Rio Grande - 16067

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N Scale - Trainworx - 14017-6 - Open Hopper, 4-Bay Steel - Rio Grande - 16067 Car has different trucks/wheels/couplers than stock
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Stock Number14017-6
Secondary Stock Number24017-6
BrandTrainworx
ManufacturerTrainworx
Body StyleTrainworx Open Hopper 4-Bay 100 Ton
Prototype VehicleOpen Hopper, 4-Bay Steel (Details)
Road or Company NameRio Grande (Details)
Reporting MarksD&RGW
Road or Reporting Number16067
Paint Color(s)Black
Print Color(s)White
Paint SchemeAction Road
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Ready-to-RunNo
Kit ComplexityEasy-Build
Kit Material(s)Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date2004-07-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeOpen Hopper
Model Subtype4-Bay
Model Variety100 Ton
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale1/160
Track GaugeN standard



Model Information: This model was first released in 2001 and has been in regular production through the time of this writing (2021). Over 600 different models have been produced from this tooling. The model was originally released in kit form (no trucks) or assembled (with MTL trucks/couplers). The most recent release now appears to use body-mounted MTL knock-offs. The current model uses chemically blackened brass metal wheel produced by Fox Valley. The model comes with a coal load. It is a solid 2nd generation model that has been updated with some 3rd generation features with this most recent release,.
Prototype History:
The 1960s brought about a growth in car size (and capacity). Railroads that transported coal moved away from the older 2-bay 55-ton USRA standard to newer 90- and 100-ton three bay hoppers. These cars were effective and long-lived. Many railroads swapped out the trucks on these cars to increase the capacity to 100 tons. Many companies produced these, including Pullman, Bethlehem, Evans, Greenville, Trinity and Ortner. The offset side variant of these hoppers carried a little more capacity than their rib-sided cousins.
Road Name History:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

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Brand/Importer Information:
Trainworx was founded in 1999 by Pat Sanders and is located in Delta Colorado. Their first freight car was the Quad hopper and it was released in 2000. They have been making N scale products ever since. Their website can be found at www.train-worx.com. As of 2016, they have produced 8 different rolling stock body styles as well as a range of different highway vehicles in N Scale. Their limited edition runs have proven a huge success with collectors and modelers enjoy the accuracy of all their products.

Trainworx sells their products both through tradional retail channels as well as directly by phone order. When asked "What prompted you to found Trainworx?", Pat Sanders responded "There was a freight car that hadn't been done in N scale that I just had to have and it didn't look like anyone was ever going to make it."
Item created by: baggedbird on 2022-11-21 23:17:21

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