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NARC - N Scale - 4 Bay Cylindrical Hopper - Canpotex (PTEX) (Gray w/Green Lettering "Canpotex Limited")(Version f002)(Special Features) - Single Car - Road Numbers 1-12 Available (SKU 11-10002002)

Available On: November 1, 2011

 
Version 12 - Potash Car
 

In the 1970's, Canadian National & Canadian Pacific developed a concept for a standard 4550 cubic-foot 4-bay cylindrical hopper. The basic design of this hopper was developed into two car types, one for grain and similar consistency products and another for potash, dry chemicals and fertilizers.

The most obvious difference between these two types of cars can be seen in the loading hatches on the top of the cars. The grain version of the car has trough hatches spanning the length of the body top, while the potash version has a series of round hatches spaced along the length of the body.

During the production life of the design, thousands of these care were manufactured in various production runs by three different manufacturers. Hawker Siddeley produced many of these cars over the production run, and in total produced 15 variations of the basic design between the grain and potash types of this car.

Today, thousands of these cars remain in service with Canadian Pacific, Canadian National and a number of other operators. Many can be seen in their original "Heritage" paint schemes, as well as more modern schemes, such as the colorful 2008 Green Saskatchewan Grain Car Corporation scheme. Though they initially were primarily seen in Canada, they now travel the rails of North American from Canada to Mexico, with operations in many parts of the United States.

Prototype Spotting Features:

  • Body 2, Type 1 End (High Brace End with Horizontal Brake Wheel House, with rectangle cross brace)
  • Vertical Face on Bolster
  • High Mounted Air Tank
  • Round Hatch
  • Spiral Cog (Outlet Gate)
  • 11 Running Board Supports
  • Welded (Smooth) Outlet Gate  
  • External Brake Line (along Side Sill) and Slack Adjuster

Features of the model as appropriate per prototype: 

  • Meticulously researched and designed
  • 2 different running boards (11 or 17 supports) – etched brass
  • Etched Brass Crossover Platforms (with individually applied supports)
  • 5 different Ends (bracing variations)
  • 2 Different Outlet Gates (Toggle Lock and Spiral Cog)
     
  • Investment castings for capstans (end of gates)
  • 2 Different Hand Brakes (conventional and “High Power” Ellcon-National
     
  • 2 Different Reservoir Positions (low for truck mounted cylinders and high for body mounted cylinders)
     
  • External brake Rod on cares with body mounted brakes cylinders (including levers)
     
  • Round hatches
     
  • Micro-Trains trucks & couplers
  • 2 Bolster/Jack Pad Styles (flat and sloped faces) 
     

There are 12 road numbers available in this release, change quantity in cart to order more than a single car, road numbers are:

  • 01  /  PTEX 455630
  • 02  /  PTEX 455647
  • 03  /  PTEX 455651
  • 04  /  PTEX 455679
  • 05  /  PTEX 455682
  • 06  /  PTEX 455693
  • 07  /  PTEX 455695
  • 08  /  PTEX 455728
  • 09  /  PTEX 455737
  • 10  /  PTEX 455749
  • 11  /  PTEX 455753
  • 12  /  PTEX 455784
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Don't miss this product review by Model Railroader
 

Published with permission of Moder Railroader.

For a complete list of all the different versions and explanations of the differences on the Hawker Siddeley 4550 cu ft Cylindrical Hopper go to this link: Click Here.

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