O SCALE GATX AIRSLIDE HOPPER
In February, Atlas O, LLC will release a brand new
model- the 40' GATX Airslide Hopper. Available in 2-rail as well as
3-rail, these ready-to-run freight cars have state-of-the-art detailing and construction.
Some of the fine features include true 1/4" scale dimensions and details, realistic
see-through roof walks and brake wheel platform, brake line details, separately-applied
grab irons, as well as die-cast 70-ton roller-bearing or Bettendorf trucks
(depending on the road name). The 3-rail version has die-cast articulated couplers. And as
always, the paint schemes are accurate and prototypically correct. All decorated cars come
in two road numbers per road name.
The airslide covered hopper was introduced by General
American Transportation Corporation (GATX) in 1953. Approx. 5000 of the 2600 cu. ft. cars
were built between that year and 1969.
The airslide is primarily designed for the bulk shipment of dry, granular or powdered
commodities. The design of that car is such that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and
with little spillage through the use of air pressure.
The most common commodities carried include: flour, sugar, starch, plastic pellets,
cement, powdered chemicals and carbon black.