2-Bay Offset Hopper Car Flat End - Elgin Joliet & Eastern (20001493)

2-Bay Offset Hopper Car Flat End - Elgin Joliet & Eastern (20001493)

HO Scale Hopper Plastic Model Kit

18.95 18.95 18.95 CAD1997-01-06 00:00:000.0 0.0 True18.95

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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