Type the text to search here and press Enter.
Separate search terms by a space; they will all be searched individually in all fields of the database. Click on Search: to go to the advanced search page.
Classifieds Only: Check this box if you want to search classifieds instead of the catalog.
Please help support TroveStar. Why?

TYCO - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2 - Planters - 23090

At least one of these are for sale right now with a price of: $7.50

Collectors value this item at an average of 3.003.00Collectors value this item at an average of 3.00
Click to see the details
This item is not for sale. This is a reference database.
HO Scale - TYCO - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2 - Planters - 23090
Click on any image above to open the gallery with larger images.
Sell this item on TroveStar
Add a comment about this item.
It will be visible at the bottom of this page to all users.
Brand/ImporterTYCO (Details)
Body StyleGeneric Body Style
Prototype VehicleCovered Hopper, 3-Bay, PS-2 (Details)
Road/Company NamePlanters (Details)
Road Letters/Reporting MarkSAL
Road/Reporting Number23090
Paint Color(s)Blue
Print Color(s)Gold
Paint SchemePlanters
Coupler TypeHorn Hook X2f Coupler
Wheel-Set Type/ConstructionChemically Blackened Metal
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCovered Hopper
Model Subtype50 Foot

General Information About Item: This car has "Tyco" stamped on the under carriage.
Prototype Information:
Like their PS-1 boxcars, PS-5 gondolas and other car designs, Pullman Standard applied the PS-2 classification to all of its covered hoppers. Pullman Standard built covered hoppers in many sizes and configurations. But say “PS-2” to railfans and it is this particular car that usually first comes to mind. The 2003 cubic foot car was one of the first, smallest and prolific of the PS-2 cars.

Pullman began building its standardized freight car designs with the PS-1 boxcar in 1947. Next up would be a standard covered hopper – hence PS-2 – shortly thereafter. Although covered hoppers are among the most common cars on the rails today, in 1947 they were a rarity. The PS-2’s primary competition wasn’t other covered hopper designs but boxcars. Grain, cement, sand and dried chemicals were carried mostly in boxcars prior to the 1950s either in sacks and bags or poured in bulk through hatches in the roof. The theory here was that it made more sense to utilize a single car for a variety of products. The car could carry bags of cement one way and then cut lumber the other. Of course a car that could do many things often couldn’t do many of them well.
Brand/Importer Information:
The history of TYCO trains can be traced back to John Tyler, a pioneer in HO scale who helped found the Mantua Toy & Metal Products Company in 1926 with other members of his family. They began selling trains under the Mantua name in the 1930s. Early offerings included the powerful Midjet Motor as well as a variety of rolling stock and steam locomotive kits. The shift towards “ready-to-run” (RTR) train sets after World War II led to the creation of the Tyler Manufacturing Company in 1952, better known as TYCO .
Consolidated Foods purchased TYCO in 1970, and manufacturing was shifted from New Jersey to Hong Kong. Consolidated Foods would later change its name to Sara Lee, though Norman Tyler remained as an executive with the new company. This change in ownership ushers in the “brown-box” period for collectors. Prior to 1970, TYCO offered models that reflected fairly accurate prototypes. After 1970, TYCO’s offerings wander into a fantasy world of unprototypical models.
The TYCO model railroad business was bought back by the Tyler family in 1977, who revived them under the Mantua Industries brand. Model train production by TYCO ended in the 1990s, with the final catalog appearance in 1993. The TYCO name continues as a line of radio-controlled cars produced by Mattel.
Many of the TYCO model train products were subsequently manufactured by Mantua and by International Hobby Corporation (IHC). In 2001, Mantua stopped producing its model railroad lines and sold the business to the Model Power company, which continued to sell a few items such as steam engines and freight cars under its Mantua Classics brand. In early 2014, Model Power was acquired by Model Rectifier Corporation (MRC). The company continued to make the Mantua Classics line.

Read more on HO Scale Train Resources and TYCO Brown-Box Era websites.
Item created by: luchestr on 2023-12-12 17:48:40. Last edited by luchestr on 2023-12-12 17:49:27

If you see errors or missing data in this entry, please feel free to log in and edit it. Anyone with a Gmail account can log in instantly.