55 Ton Coal Hopper
New Road Names
During World War I, the US
railroads experienced a critical equipment shortage due to increased
traffic needs. This 55 Ton Hopper Car was one of the body types
designed by the United States Railroad Administration (USRA) to
relieve this shortage. Built in 1918, 25,000 of these cars were
primarily assigned to the great coal-hauling roads of the east and
mid-west. The car design was very successful and later became one of
the standard cars of the American Railway Association.
Optional 3-Rail Scale Adjust-A-Coupler™ System included
-Die-cast centerbeam and
-Wire grab irons
-Opening, sprung hopper doors
-Die-cast Andrews trucks
-Prototypical painting and lettering
-Die-cast articulated couplers with trainline detail (3-Rail)
-Scale die-cast couplers and 33" wheelsets (2-Rail)
-Minimum diameter curve (3-Rail): O-31
-Minimum radius (2-Rail) : 24"
Four road numbers are available per road name.