2-Bay Offset Hopper Car Flat End - Elgin Joliet & Eastern (20001492)HO Scale Hopper Plastic Model Kit
✓ All Prices in Canadian Dollars 🍁
✓ Secure Shopping
✓ Safely Packaged
✓ Orders Shipped Daily
✓ Worldwide Shipping
Live near Ottawa? Select FREE LOCAL PICKUP on checkout!
Road Number: 41330
The "offset-side" hopper car had a few advantages over the earlier "rib-side" type. The crease in the upper sides led to more structural strength without using heavier materials, and there was a greater rated capacity with the side panels riveted to the outside of the ribbing, instead of being on the inside. The efficiency was a boon to the coal merchants! The concept proved successful, and was used to build ever-larger hoppers until after WW II, when "rivet pull-through" rendered it impractical for modern rotary dumping. Today, although they are seen less frequently, offset-side hoppers remain an important part of railroad history.
Coal load Blackened metal wheels Free-rolling 50-ton trucks Detailed Brake gear Body mounted AccuMate knuckle couplers Prototypical painting and lettering