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Tangent Scale Models Announces Director of Product Development

Tangent Scale Models Inc. is pleased to announce that Dan Kohlberg is joining the company in the role of Director of Product Development. Dan will help drive new product development initiatives and help the company continue to innovate industry-leading products that push the boundaries of fidelity and value.

Dan joins the company in an official capacity following more than ten years working with Tangent Scale Models behind the scenes performing a variety of tasks on an ad-hoc basis. Most notably, Dan has been the primary artist for our industry-leading HO scale railcars, where he has led development of “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement, where Tangent’s graphics lead the industry in realism and execution.

Dan has been an HO scale modeler since childhood, with specific interests in IC, GM&O, and post-merger ICG railroad equipment and operations. Dan will continue to own and operate ICG Decals independently from his responsibilities with Tangent.

Please join me in welcoming Dan to the Tangent Scale Models family!

David Lehlbach
Tangent Scale Models

New Release: Tangent Scale Models PS-2CD 4750 Covered Hoppers – Early Body Versions

Live from Trainfest 2017! The Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4750 covered hopper was the largest production covered hopper design in history, and is therefore statistically important to virtually any modeler from the 1970s to the present. Tangent Scale Models continues the evolution of our PS4750 models, and we are pleased to announce the next release of the industry-leading HO Scale PS-2CD 4750 covered hopper. This ALL NEW body variation with solid side posts focuses on the early production cars with their associated production trends and car details.

We are now announcing our stunning PS4750 models in these seven roadnames (plus undecorated), and they will begin shipping on November 27. The seven schemes from this release include:

– Chicago & North Western (CNW) “Original 1973” which represents models from CNW’s first order of PS4750s, produced in May 1973 as lot 9762. We continue our ongoing CNW releases, this time the CNW scheme with only the “bar.” These green cars are very interesting due to their yellow accents on the roof, dutifully replicated on the model. Specific correct car appliances were included for CNW as well, including the brake system, Miner Selflok outlet gates, and Apex running boards, to name a few. Our CNW replicas are available with 6 road numbers! Also, don’t miss out on our CNW “restenciled” Rock Island PS4750s in this run!
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– Illinois Terminal (ITC) “Original 12-73” is now available in what is arguably one of the craziest schemes to adorn a PS4750 covered hopper. This car is painted in the classic Illinois Terminal yellow carbody, and yes, we have included all of the detail colors as well. These include the red underbody and vertical slope sheets, and green appliances such as grab irons, steps and step supports, brakewheel, and underbody brake components. And of course, we include the red roofwalk grab irons. As if that were not enough, we include all of the various colors of lettering on the car, including green, red, and yellow. These ITC replicas from PS lot 9682 are available now with 6 road numbers! Don’t miss out on “The Road of Personalized Services!”
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– Missouri Pacific (MP) “Orig. 12-72” in the original gray scheme with the “buzzsaw” Missouri Pacific Lines logo. This car series represents the first MP production cars delivered from Pullman-Standard, and were from lot 9621. They come with some new brake detail parts tooled especially for this phase of car. While some may say that Tangent does not offer MP models, that is not the case. These original gray cars still remain in service in original paint in 2017, serving Union Pacific, and serve deep into the US and Mexican rail networks. We are proud to offer these replicas with 12 road numbers.
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– Rock Island (RI) “Original 5-73” in the original gray scheme with the “ROCK ISLAND” slanted stenciling spelled out along the top of the car. These 1973-delivered cars from lot 9662 are gorgeous. They feature the yellow paint highlights on the jacking pads, rooftop grab irons, and WARNING stencil. Like most of the schemes offered in this production, these represent the first PS4750s Rock Island ordered, and the only PS4750s to bear RI initials – the later-delivered cars (which Tangent has already offered) were delivered with ROCK reporting marks. These stunners wandered far from home rails, and virtually the entire series became the CNW 752500-752999 series. We offer “banditized” versions of those cars as well with this production run; see the next entry. These replicas are available with 12 road numbers. Now is your chance to fill in your Rock Island roster!
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– Chicago & North Western (CNW) “Ex-RI Restencil” is the “restenciled” (or “banditized,” if you prefer) version of the car shown above. It is offered like the prototype cars looked from 1980 into the UP era, where they were restenciled with CNW road numbers in the 752500-752999 number series. We offer these stunners with 2 road numbers. They go great with the green CNW cars offered in this run, or with our CNW Airslide 4180 covered hoppers.
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– PTLX “ConAgra 4-1973” is the only private lessee offering in the release of PS4750s. This car is a stunner and shows the depth of our PS4750 tooling. ConAgra was – and still is – a large grain products shipper and these cars were found on all corners of the North American railroad network, with example cars photographed on the EL in New York state and the Milwaukee on the “Pacific Extension” out west. Also, check out the rivet heads on our placard! Yeah, our models look like the real cars. We know how to count rivets on Pullman-Standard hoppers! This ConAgra green, black, and white replica is available with 4 total road numbers.
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– SOO “ex-ConAgra 1984+” is the “restenciled” (or “banditized,” if you prefer) version of the car shown above. In the 1980s, SOO acquired a series of covered hoppers to augment their grain fleet. This ConAgra example is one of the cars the railroad acquired, and it was restenciled with SOO reporting marks to indicate the new ownership. Note how SOO retained the former Pullman Transport Leasing road number. Our model is a stunner and is sure to sell out quickly. It is available with a total of 2 road numbers.
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The Tangent PS4750 is a state of the art, dimensionally-accurate scale replica with highly accurate “true-to-life” colors and precise letter stencils. Our PS4750 offers a multitude of detail variations and phases to replicate the Pullman-Standard offerings. Example variations include: body shells with or without holes in the side posts, brake systems, outlet gates, roofs, roof hatches, roof overhangs, running boards, crossover platforms, end ladders, jacking pads, brakewheel housings, and brakewheels. This replica includes our fine “near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail. Our ready-to-operate replica is finished with coupler lift bars accompanying Kadee® scale couplers and sufficient hidden weights to ensure the model operates as good as it looks. At more than 100 parts per car, not to mention phase accurate details, genuine Kadee couplers, and all-metal wheels, we provide you with a high-value model that will provide you with years of enjoyment and curb-appeal.

These products will begin shipping on November 27, just in time for your holiday merriment! Features for these replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from Pullman-Standard plans and verified with field measurements
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– “See through” etched metal running boards and crossover platforms (in one of 6 possible variations)
– Road-specific details for each scheme, including 7 different brake systems, 3 different outlet gates, 3 different sets of roof hatches, 4 jacking pad sets, with or without shaker brackets, 2 roof overhangs, 3 different running board and crossover platform options, end ladders options, 7 brakewheel housing and clevis options, and 2 brakewheel options.
– Beautiful details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars – no “molded in” plastic grab irons here!
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models 100-ton trucks
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models PS4750, the most relevant freight car of the 1970s! Pricing for RTR models is $44.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach – live from Trainfest!
Tangent Scale Models
www.tangentscalemodels.com
support@tangentscalemodels.com
PO Box 6514
Asheville NC 28816
828-279-6106

New Release: Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-1 40’ “Mini-Hy Cube” Box Car

Many household appliance brands rode the rails: Admiral, Whirlpool, or Roper, to name a few. Nicknamed “baby hi-cubes” by shippers, railfans, and rail employees alike, the PS-1 40’ “Mini-Hy Cube” boxcars were early examples of purpose-built boxcars, built by Pullman-Standard in Bessemer, AL. At 4900 cubic foot capacity, most of these distinctively small yet tall cars were purchased for appliance loading out of origins in U.S. Midwestern states. Five railroads bought these cars in 1967-1968, and they were sent to destinations all over North America delivering appliances to warehouse receivers and team tracks. Because some of the cars were pooled, any roadname could be consigned to literally any destination, making these cars “nationwide roamers,” meaning you can justify any roadname anywhere. Later in their service lives, most cars were repurposed for paper loading, and by the 1990s many remaining cars were utilized in MOW and other company service roles.

The Tangent Scale Models HO scale PS-1 “Mini-Hy Cube” Boxcar replica features a prototypical “slight peak” roof, separate underframe brake components with wire piping, narrow ladders and sill steps, and “see-through” crossover platforms. These replicas include the “near-scale” draft gear that has been standard on all recent Tangent releases, which includes the “side key” detail with Kadee all-metal couplers. Detailed “trombone style” coupler lift bars are also present on our replicas with one of two styles to match the prototype. Finally, the models are equipped with the correct Tangent Barber S-2-A 70-ton roller bearing trucks and 33” CNC-machined wheelsets, so our models look as good as they operate. These small yet tall models are sure to be stunners on your layout!
Our August 2017 release includes the following 6 RTR paint schemes, mostly focused on repaint paint schemes.

– DRGW “Original Brown 1967 DF” in the classic original freight car brown scheme from November 1967, with the iconic DRGW logo and spelled out “The Action Road.” These cars have black ends with white paint at the top to denote the excess height, and include a large “DF” on the car side advertising the car’s cushioning capabilities. All this means that there is a lot of graphics on these small yet tall cars! This series of DRGW cars all have a return to NYC, Evansville IN route stencil and were originally assigned to Whirlpool. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout because they were assigned to service from that specific appliance factory! These beautiful cars are available in 3 road numbers. SKU 18016-01 through 18016-03.
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– BN “Cascade Green 1973” continues our BN repaint series started last year (now sold out). This BN repaint variant from February 1973 is applied to a former CBQ car. This car has a stunning repaint with a large BN logo painted high on the car side, “Exceeds Plate C” logo, ACI label, and other standard BN touches like white delineators (yesterday’s “conspicuity stripes”). Check out our stellar BN green! At some point during the 1980s, BN began to shift some of these cars from appliance service to paper service. Don’t miss out! This cool repaint scheme is available with road number 281465 in order to accurately reproduce the prototype car (pictured on our website), but don’t despair, we have another BN number available below! SKU 18019-01.
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– BN “Cascade Green 1975” represents a different BN repaint variant, this time from May 1975. This car is a stunning repaint with a large BN logo that is lower on the car, “Exceeds Plate C” logo, ACI label, and other standard BN touches like white delineators (yesterday’s “conspicuity stripes”). Check out our stellar BN green! At some point during the 1980s, BN began to shift some of these cars from appliance service to paper service. This car has “BN” and the car number stenciled on the truck, just like the prototype! This unique repaint scheme is available with road number 281474 in order to accurately reproduce the prototype car (pictured on our website). SKU 18020-01. Pair your purchase with our 1973 BN variant listed above!
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– CB&Q “Havelock Repaint 1970” in a unique Havelock-applied green, applied in June 1970 and is a great and unique car for 1970s/1980s modelers. Like the prototype car, this model is stenciled with a return route stencil to ATSF Galesburg IL and has Havelock-style lettering on the car side. With its large spelled-out “Burlington” graphic against the green, this car is a stunner and is a great compliment to our CB&Q red cars, as well as our new BN variants released above (assuming you model early BN). SKU 18021-01.
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– ICG “1972 Repaint” w/ Skinny Letters in the classic orange from IC heritage, however this car is an ICG repaint with “skinny” lettering applied by Centralia (IL) shops in November 1972 and is typical for cars repainted in that era. These IC repaints include many common stenciling options seen on freight cars from that era, including yellow boxes with “this car excess height” notation, “Exceeds Plate C” logo, ACI label, single COTS box, and “Return to ICGRR…” return route stencils. Like the original IC cars delivered from Pullman-Standard in 1967, these cars retain the “Cushion Underframe” and “slash” lettering in the upper left corner, as well as the “Service With Safety” slogans above the side ladders. This car is modeled from prototype car number ICG 480050 (a new series following the IC-GM&O merger), and is available in this road number only (although see the SKU number below for another ICG variant). SKU 18022-01.
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– ICG “1977 Repaint” w/ Wide Letters in the classic orange from IC heritage, however this car is an ICG repaint with “wide” lettering applied by Centralia (IL) shops in 1977. These IC repaints include yellow boxes with “this car excess height” notation, double COTS box, and “Return to ICGRR…” return route stencils. Like the original IC cars delivered from Pullman-Standard in 1967, these cars retain the “Cushion Underframe” and “slash” lettering in the upper left corner, as well as the “Service With Safety” slogans above the side ladders. This car is modeled from prototype car number ICG 480070, and is available in this road number only. SKU 18023-01.
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These awesome Tangent Scale Models replicas are shipping now. Features for our RTR replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual Pullman-Standard blueprints
– Designed, tooled, and plastic parts produced in USA!
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– 2 different draft gear and trombone-style coupler lift bar variations that represent those pesky prototypical details Tangent is known for
– Lacy details – wire grab irons, coupler lift bars, and stand-off ladders and stirrup steps, brake system piping
– “See through” crossover end platforms
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models 70-ton Barber S-2-A Roller Bearing trucks (with semi-scale replacement wheels available separately) with separate brake hangar parts for extra realism
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Even if you do not model one of these roadnames, you should consider the Tangent PS-1 appliance and paper haulers for your layout. Any roadname(s) would be perfect in a through freight or spotted at a local team tack or appliance distributor industry. Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-1 “Mini-Hy Cube” Boxcar, a necessary cog in the unique 1960s box car boom. Pricing for RTR models is $44.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

Happy 10th Birthday To Tangent!

Today, Tangent Scale Models celebrates 10 years of bringing you, our customers, simply the best HO scale freight cars. Our mission was, and continues to be, to bring you “unparalleled scale replicas for discriminating railroad modelers.” Thank you for helping Tangent to succeed, and here’s to the next 10! Oh, and we have lots more planned…

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Next Event: Tangent UK Modelers Meet and Greet at Model Junction in Slough!

To all of the UK residents who model US freight roads….. Tangent will conduct a “Meet and Greet” at Model Junction in Slough on July 29, 2017. Hours will be from 1100-1400, so come on by and introduce yourself, learn a bit about Tangent, and see some of our products! There will be a mini-raffle as well! See you there, and cheers! Model Junction address info can be found by clicking here!

New PRODUCT: GA 1917-Design 8,000 Gallon Insulated Radial Course Tank Car

Live from the STL RPM in Collinsville IL: Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our next ALL-NEW freight car replica, the General American 8,000 Gallon 1917-Design Insulated Radial Course Tank Car. Note the use of the word “insulated” – this is the first plastic insulated radial course tank offered in HO plastic! (Radial course means the tank’s steel panels overlap each other, looking like “stairsteps”).

By the end of World War I, U.S. production of oil and oil-related products was sharply increasing thanks to the combination of war-related demands as well as demands from home. In order to move oil and “new” consumer products, tank car producers introduced new car designs. In 1917 General American Tank Car introduced a new general service 8,000 gallon non-insulated tank car (a prototype for which we released a model in November 2016 with a few still in stock), and quickly followed that production with an insulated 8,000 gallon tank car, which utilized a “jacket” that surrounded the tank and dome. Built in East Chicago, IN, these insulated cars were easily identifiable by their circumferential rivets that surrounded the tank body, with notably different heights between the courses, and with their “recessed ends”. These “radial course” tank cars utilized steel bolster plates that rise up vertically to hold the tank in place, complete with a “web” section behind to minimize steel consumption. At a time of fairly monochromatic box cars plying the rails, these insulated tank cars carried consumable products, and they were typically stenciled for lessees advertising consumer products such as gasoline, wine, and corn products. The GATC 1917-design family were the most prolific tank cars built during this period and were found everywhere from 1917 to roughly 1970.

The Tangent Scale Models GATC 1917-Design 8,000 Gallon Insulated Tank Car is a highly-detailed tank car model that includes details accurate for each paint scheme, including KC- or AB-brake variations, with or without Cardwell draft sill springs, and different hand brakes. Other visually-distinctive details for our models include the “see through” bolster section, circumferential rivets, and differing course heights. Our RTR models include correct “true-to-life” colors and “hyper-accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement. Finally, our scale replicas operate as well as they look, equipped with free-rolling all-metal wheels and Kadee® scale couplers, meaning our models are truly ready to run.

Our new ready to operate replicas are available for sale now at www.tangentscalemodels.com and we are selling a small batch of these cars at the STL RPM Meet in Collinsville IL, June 23-24.

These replicas will certainly be eye-catchers on your layout! Check out the radial courses – they look like nothing else in HO! Our first stunning release includes the following three paint schemes:

– GATX “Roma Wine California” 1940+ has a silver-painted carbody with red and black (shadowing) “ROMA WINE” stenciling, which additionally includes stenciling for the cities Roma Wine loaded from: Lodi, Manteca, Fresno, and Healdsburg CA. As always, this scheme comes directly off of a prototype car that matches our model. Roma’s advertisements claimed their wine was “made in California for enjoyment throughout the world,” and these tank cars delivered wine to receivers nationwide, making them broadly applicable to almost every railroad in North America. Our ROMA WINE 1940+ replicas come with era-correct K-brakes and they are available in four road numbers.
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– VGOX “Virginian Gas Charleston W.VA.” 1933+ has a black-painted carbody with “Virginia Gasoline & Oil Company, Charleston W.VA.” stenciled in white on the side of the car. These cars come with era-correct K brakes, and our Virginia Gas 1933+ stunners are available in three road numbers.
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– WRNX “Warren Tulsa OK” 1950+ with beautiful “WARREN” graphics on the side of the light gray carbody, plus mention of “TULSA OKLA” as the home town for the cars. Warren Petroleum was a producer and distributor of LPG and gasoline, and these cars were “gasoline fleet” tanks. This car is accurately stenciled for the 1950 photo that shows on our website, which is based upon the small brake stencil and tank psi test lettering. The car’s other lettering shows a 1920 car build date. The expansion dome is painted green like the prototype, and includes the distinctive “W” Warren logo. These cars are complete with an era-appropriate AB-brake system, again matching the photo on the Tangent site. These stunning cars are available in six road numbers, so don’t miss out!
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– Undecorated RTR Black cars are painted black and are ready for decaling!
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– Undecorated Unpainted Kits are available as well. When you gripe that “no one” makes kits anymore, well, here they are. These are ready for building or kitbashing, and paint and decals. These are great for those who desire to build their own.

Features for these awesome replicas include:
– Circumferential riveted tank body and riveted underframe (count ‘em, there are many!)
– Radial course tank body – note the “stairstep” appearance!
– All-new underframe for the GATC 1917-design
– “See-through” cast knee above the bolsters
– Accurate dome appliances
– Dimensionally-correct hazardous placards with accurate hole detail
– Separately applied tank handrail
– Separately applied tank strap detail
– KC- or AB- brake variations depending on the prototype car
– Inclusion of Cardwell draft sill springs depending on the prototype car, otherwise “oval” frame openings where the springs were removed
– Different hand brake appliance options depending on the prototype car
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement, including lettering applied to the underframe and air reservoir
– Durable wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with side detail
– Kadee® “scale-head” couplers
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high-quality Tangent Scale Models ASF cast steel truck with spring plank and with separate brake beams
– Replacement semi-scale wheels available separately from Tangent
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme – these cars often traveled in “groups” of more than one
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American 8,000 gallon 1917-design radial course tank car! Just like its prototype, this car will stand out on any layout situated from 1917 to 1970, and they went everywhere!

Pricing for RTR models is $44.95. High-resolution images showing these fine replicas are available by clicking here and our site also includes prototype images for your reference as well.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

100 Year Old Crude Oil Hauling Technology: General American’s 1917-Design Tank Cars

This weekend on June 23/24, the STL RPM will take place in Collinsville IL. This great meet is all about the fellowship of building railroad models, including talking about models, attending clinics about prototypes and their models, participating in weathering sessions, and buying photos/models/materials.

Tangent Scale Models will be in attendance selling our awesome industry-leading HO scale freight cars. We will also unveil something new, so drop on by and say hello!

Additionally, we will be giving a presentation on crude oil tank cars! No, not the modern ones from Trinity, Greenbrier, etc., but the General American ones from 100 years ago that kicked off the oil boom in the United States and Canada! Here is our table of contents page to whet your appetite!

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You can learn more about the STL RPM meet by clicking here.

See you there!

David Lehlbach

New Release: GATC 3500 Dry-Flo Covered Hopper

June 1, 2017

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce new production for our stunning HO Scale General American 3500 cubic foot “Dry-Flo” covered hopper. These cars were first built in 1959 as a response to customer demands for larger covered hoppers capable of handling bulk commodities. While covered hopper innovations during the 1950s proved valuable to bulk shippers, they wanted covered hoppers that could handle larger quantities of specialized commodities such as such as oats, malt, and rice. Coincidentally, plastic pellet producers were also looking for larger cube covered hoppers that could be easily loaded and unloaded under pressure. The Dry-Flo family of cars was General American’s answer to this call, with gravity-pneumatic or pneumatic-only discharge options available through three different outlet gate versions. These outlet gate variations were marketed as the Dry-Flo, Dry-Flo Chem, and Dia-Flo.

The Tangent Scale Models Dry-Flo covered hopper includes road-specific details accurate for each paint scheme. Our Dry-Flo hoppers include our finely-detailed gravity-pneumatic outlet gates and are ready for any of the following services on your layout: malt, fertilizer, feed, chemicals, plastics, carbon black, rice, salt, or sand. Also, check out our correct “true-to-life” colors and “hyper-accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement. Finally, our scale replicas operate as well as they look, equipped with free-rolling all-metal wheels and genuine Kadee® scale couplers, meaning our models are truly ready to run. Oh, and some of our new cars also ride on our new Barber S-2-A 70-ton roller bearing trucks (available separately!), while others ride on our fine ASF 70-ton ride control plain bearing trucks – depending on which truck the prototype rode on!

At more than 100 parts per car, we provide you with an unusual looking yet common, high-value model that will provide you with years of enjoyment. They also go great with our other General American covered hopper offering, the 4180 Airslide! Our new release of stunning General American Dry-Flo models is now available for sale in eight (8) RTR roadnames plus undecorated RTR, listed here:

– BN “C&S Repaint – Misspelled” with the classic large BN herald and large spelled out Burlington Northern, although it is misspelled like the prototype – on both sides. This is an example of a cool paint variation by the BN car shops in Havelock NE, complete with the C&S retained reporting marks to record its subsidiary ownership – see the prototype photo on our website. It also has “C&S 855” stenciled on the trucks, just like the prototype! With a paint date of 1-81, this “one off” car continues the “family appearance” of our fine BN products, with the best BN green in the business.
– CB&Q “Original Gray” 1959+ is one of the most-requested schemes for this carbody. This car has all of the cool features of the real car, including a gorgeous “Burlington Route” placard, large spelled out “Burlington,” and “Everywhere West” and “Way or the Zephyrs” on alternating sides. These Tangent replicas are available in six road numbers and will stand out on any layout. CB&Q and BN used these in services including soybeans, spent grain, petroleum coke, corn products, oats, bentonite, and various milled products, and then were placed in silica sand service late in their lives. See the Tangent website for more details.
– CGW “Clinton 1977 Repaint” in the classic “Clinton green” repaint scheme from 1977. These cars represent CNW’s painting practice of repainting cars into CNW green, complete with CNW herald in yellow on a “raised” placard. CNW added the COTS information on a “raised” placard as well. CNW retained the CGW reporting mark ownership for this car, and for all of these “one-off” specificities, our replica is available in one road number. CGW and CNW assigned these cars to malt and meal loading, and late in their life were reassigned to silica sand loading. Check out our excellent execution of the Clinton repainting, including two shades of yellow lettering on the side of the car, just like the prototype car (again, check our website for prototype photo).
– Missouri Pacific “Original Gray” in the classic original gray scheme from 1959. Like some General American painted cars, these cars include the correct black underframe coloring with distinctive open and close lettering in white on the six underbody bays. MP specified a black car cement roof, which makes them really stand out. On the side of these cars is the classic Missouri Pacific “buzzsaw” logo! We have 3 road numbers available for these models and they are essential to MP modelers as well as interchange road modelers. As a reference, Tangent has an example waybill of a MP car offline on EL train NE-74 delivering a load to Agway in Corning NY.
– Penn Central “1972 Repaint” is a classic PC “P59” shop repaint from 1972 in PC green with white worms and spelled out “Penn Central.” The car is stenciled “grain load only” in the center of the car, just like the real cars. Our PC replicas are offered in two road numbers; don’t miss out!
– GACX “Diamond Sugar – Montreal” 1960+ is the first of our three private operator schemes offered at this run, continuing our series of highly-accurate Canadian models. These gray private operator cars include a large blue and white band, and a distinctive red diamond logo. Saying these are flashy is an understatement. Check out the beautiful, prominent lettering on this car! It is available in 2 all-new road numbers, different from our first production run.
– DYLX Koppers Plastics 1961+ is the second of our three private operator schemes offered. This 1961-painted silver painted car includes the distinctive Koppers logo in white, black, and red with large black “Koppers Plastics” stenciling on the side of the car. These are distinctive cars that were meant to provide plastic pellet products to all corners of North America. This car is quintessential 1960s in its appearance, and is a very sharp model, so don’t miss it! This scheme is available in 2 road numbers.
– GACX “Quebec Iron & Titanium” 1959+ is the third of our three private operator schemes offered in this production. This 9-1959 original gray car painted car painted by General American includes large lettering for “Quebec Iron and Titanium.” These distinctive cars were meant to provide transportation of titanium dioxide products, a processed product originating from ilmenite, to North American consumers. This is a super sharp model and necessary for many Canadian and US layout, so don’t miss out, eh? This scheme is available in 2 road numbers.
– Undecorated RTR Primer Gray is ready for lettering in a GACX scheme or for your favorite railroad. It also serves as a primer base coat if you want to paint it in other colors. (Variations: Ajax handbrake and wheel, rectangular shaker brackets, Barber S-2-A 70-ton roller bearing trucks).

To see model and prototype images, and to learn more, please click on “View and Buy Models” above, in the black bar!

These products will begin shipping today. Features for these replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from General American plans and verified with field measurements
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– “See through” etched metal running boards
– Road-specific details for each scheme, including 2 different truck options, 2 different shaker brackets, 4 different brakewheels, and 3 different handbrake housings – see listings above
– Lacy details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks, with semi-scale wheels available separately
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American Dry-Flo covered hopper, one of the most needed freight cars from the turbulent early-1960s period of freight car development that lasted to the early 1990s! Pricing for RTR models is $44.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

Our Next Show Date: STL RPM in Collinsville IL, June 23 and 24

For those of you that want a great road trip, think about attending the St.Louis RPM on June 23 and 24, 2017. Held in Collinsville IL, this great meet is all about the fellowship of building railroad models, including talking about models, attending clinics about prototypes and their models, participating in weathering sessions, and buying photos/models/materials. We want to meet you so please stop and say hello! We love to attend this meet and once again we will be there this year, selling our newest things as well as a big surprise this year with the announcement of an all-new model. No reservations are required, just show up! It’s easy. You can learn all about the meet here! See you there!

Besides selling an all-new model, we will also be giving a clinic covering GATC tank cars, focusing in on the 1917-design.

You can learn more by clicking here!

David Lehlbach

New Release: GATC 8,000 Gallon Acid Tank Cars from the 1950s – 1980s

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce new production for our stunning General American 8,000 Gallon Acid Tank Car with Welded Underframe. Following World War II, specialized liquid shippers requested new special duty tank cars, and General American Transportation Corporation met their demands by producing specific-service cars such as this 8,000 gallon acid service tank car. At the same time, General American switched from a riveted underframe and riveted tank design to a welded underframe and tank. These specific prototypes were produced between 1949 and 1960 at General American’s factory in Sharon PA. These tank cars had long service lives, lasting into the 1990s in revenue service. Acid service tank cars were commonly-seen nationwide, providing transportation for strong chemical compounds, such as hydrochloric (muriatic), hydrofluoric, phosphoric, and sulfuric acids. Acid tank cars were rubber-lined, featured one percent expansion domes on the top, and did not have bottom tank outlets.

The Tangent Scale Models General American 8,000 gallon ICC-103-B-W acid tank car is a visually-distinctive model that includes details accurate for each paint scheme. Note the distinctive small expansion dome at the top, surrounded by a beautifully-rendered “see-through” safety walkway. Our walkways along the side of the car are also “see-through” safety tread, just like their prototypes. As always, our correct “true-to-life” colors and “hyper-accurate” lettering includes exact fonts and lettering placement. Finally, our scale replicas operate as well as they look, equipped with free-rolling all-metal wheels and Kadee® scale couplers, meaning our models are truly ready to run.

This is NOT a pre-order announcement. Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available NOW at www.tangentscalemodels.com and whether wearing “plain” GATX lease colors or the colors of a lessee, these replicas will certainly be eye-catchers on your layout:

– GATX “Diamond Chemical 1952+” in the striking black scheme with Diamond Chemical logo on the side, complete with the red diamond. The car also includes a spelled-out “Diamond Chemicals” and “Diamond Alkali Company Cleveland Ohio.” This striking model is sure to be popular, so don’t miss out. It is available in three road numbers.
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– GATX “Hooker Chemicals 1950+” in the distinctive Hooker Chemicals orange and black scheme with a 1950 paint date, complete with the Hooker Chemicals flag logo, large “HOOKER” lettering, and Niagara Falls, NY car assignment labeling. These stunning cars are available in three road numbers!
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– GATX “Petróleos Mexicanos 1960+” in the “off-white” leasing scheme with black band in the center and with orange boxes stating “Rentado A Petroleos Mexicanos” on one side of the car, and “Uso Exclusivo Acido Muriatico” on the other side of the car. This very cool car includes a 1960 paint date on the side of the car, and the prototype photo on our website shows the prototype car NOT in Mexico but in Central Texas on the MP. This GATX lease scheme is available in one road number.
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– GATX “White Lease 1980+” in the plain “white lease 1980+” scheme which includes a large black stripe in the middle of the car, as well as tiny “Dupont de Nemours” lettering for hydrochloric acid loading. The black stripe was applied by GATX leasing in an “economy” mode where it is only painted onto the top two-thirds of the tank. These cars were repainted in 1980, which of course is modeled after an exact prototype photo. These cars are documented to have lasted into the 1990s, and represents a general lease car broadly applicable across North America. Check out the ACI placard in this car, which sits on its own placard off the walkway! Very cool, and very 1980s. It is available in two road numbers.
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– Undecorated RTR Black 1949-1951 cars are immediately ready for decaling!
– Undecorated RTR Black 1951-1960 cars are immediately ready for decaling!
– Undecorated Unpainted Kits are available as well for those who desire to build their own.

Features for these awesome replicas include:
– Welded body and welded underframe
– “See-through” running board wraps around the underframe
– “See-through” dome platform with lacey handrail detail
– Distinctive dome appliances and profile
– Dimensionally-correct hazardous placards with accurate hole detail
– Separately applied tank handrail
– Separately applied tank strap detail
– Full “lacy” AB brake detail and train air line
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Accurate lettering applied to the underframe and air reservoir
– Road-specific poling pockets in the bolsters for each scheme
– Durable wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with side detail
– Kadee® “scale-head” couplers
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high-quality Tangent Scale Models ASF cast steel truck with spring plank and with separate brake beams
– Replacement semi-scale wheels available separately from Tangent
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American 8,000 gallon acid tank car! Just like its prototype, this car is tiny in size and will stand out extremely well on any layout situated from the 1940s to the 1990s! Other guys are trying to do tank cars like ours, but ours still look better!

Pricing for RTR models is $44.95. High-resolution images showing these fine replicas are available at www.tangentscalemodels.com and our site also includes prototype images for your reference as well.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

New Release: PRR Shops X58 Class Box Cars

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our next production of the legendary Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) Shops X58 Class Box Car.

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Between 1964 and 1966, the Pennsylvania Railroad built a large fleet of new multiple-purpose boxcars. Constructed as class “X58,” PRR rapidly produced 2,565 cars, plus another 100 for Lehigh Valley. PRR outfitted the interiors of some cars with “loader” appliances and/or insulation which resulted in PRR designating 4 sub-classes: X58, X58A, X58B, and X58C. Being highly-useful boxcars, X58 boxcars were rampant nationwide roamers during their service life. Because of the quality and utility of this large fleet, many X58s lasted beyond the Conrail era, with some being repainted into NS. Most cars were retired in the mid-2000s.

Many X58 cars labored in original PRR paint for 30+ years. Some X58 cars were shopped and painted during the Penn Central era, where PC typically removed the roof running boards and also lowered the brake appliances and ladders. Cars shopped during the Conrail era typically had their roof running boards removed yet retained their high brake appliances. Tangent offers these “time-distinctive” phase variations with our cutting edge RTR models. The Tangent Scale Models HO scale PRR X58 replicas also include one key production variation: either a Keystone or Hydra-cushion underframe. Our PRR X58 includes our “near-scale” extended-length draft sill with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail and gorgeous “trombone-style” coupler lift bars, plus accurate ASF 70-ton roller bearing trucks as utilized by PRR. Finally, our scale replicas operate as well as they look, equipped with free-rolling CNC-machined wheels and Kadee® scale couplers, meaning our models are truly ready-to-run.

Our NEW ready-to-run replicas are available to order NOW at www.tangentscalemodels.com and will begin shipping the week of February 20, 2017. We will begin showing and selling these in limited quantity at the Amherst Railway Society’s “Railroad Hobby Show” in Springfield MA on January 28-29. These replicas will certainly be eye-catchers on your layout! Our new release includes the following four RTR paint schemes, presented in chronological order:

– PRR “Original 1964 X58A” w/ LD in the attractive “PRR freight car red” scheme wearing yellow “LD” and “Cushioned Car” stencils, plus a sharp PRR white keystone. This PRR was the “classic” scheme and if you saw a PRR car during the PC or CR eras, it was likely one of these. Like PRR paint practices, this car has an unpainted galvanized roof and running board, except for the ends that have the characteristic paint spray line as seen in overhead photos of these cars when fresh. Our second run of PRR painted cars has a hydra-cushion underframe and represents production from 11-64. These classics are available in six road numbers.

– LV “Original 1965 X58” Insulated w/ LD in the very attractive and memorable white carside with black ends scheme, plus the Cornell red flag logo on the door. PRR produced the legendary X58 boxcars for Lehigh Valley, a railroad that they had part ownership of. The white cars include black “LD” and “Insulated” stencils, plus the large “LEHIGH VALLEY” spelled out in the panels of the right side of the car. Like PRR paint practices, this car has an unpainted galvanized roof and running board, except for the ends that have the characteristic paint spray line as seen in overhead photos of these cars when fresh. These gorgeous models have a keystone underframe and represents production from 11-65, and include an accurate tiny return route stencil box like their prototypes. These classics are available in six road numbers.

– PC “1968 X58 Repaint” in distinctive PC green with large “red and white” worms, a standard painting practice for PC. This series of cars includes a hydra-cushion underframe, and typical of many PC repaints is detailed to accurately replicate a car with a full shopping. This model features no running board, lowered side and end ladders, and lowered brake appliances. Additionally, each car has tiny one inch lettering that identifies the former PRR car number each car represents. Finally, like the prototype cars, this car includes a “raised plate” ACI label. These PC replicas are available with 3 total road numbers.

– PC “1974 PRR X58A Paintout” w/ LD retains the original PRR freight car red paint but includes patch marks over the stenciling – this is a “bandit” or “paintout” car. This stunning model includes a “painted out” PRR keystone and a PC logo applied on top of it! Also included is a PC reporting mark applied over the PRR reporting mark, as well as a new PC series number applied over the PRR series number. Of course we have also accurately portrayed the shop reweigh with an 11-74 date. This stunning car is available in one road number.

– CR “1978 X58A Repaint” harkens to the Conrail “large can opener” days, representing a typical 1978 era repaint. This stunning red scheme has all of the appropriate stenciling to represent a 1978 car including stacked COTS stencils and a U-1 wheel stencil. Typical of most Conrail “shopped” X58s this one retains the high brakewheel and ladders at the B end, with cut down ladders at the A end of the car. Like its prototype, this scheme includes a hydra-cushion underframe. This stunning car is available with 3 total road numbers.

– CR “LV 1979 X58 Restencil” represents a “paintout” car for the Conrail era modelers. This car retains the “Insulated” and “LD” graphics of the original LV car, as well as the LV flag. However, the large “LEHIGH VALLEY” and the LV reporting marks and number have been painted out just like the prototype was, including two different shades of gray. The car includes the CR initials and road number, as well as a “RDG 4-79” reweigh, and is a match for this 1979 restencil model available with 1 road number. This car will go well with our “native” LV cars since the majority of LV cars retained their LV paint.

Additionally, we offer three RTR pre-painted undecorated cars ready for decals:
– Painted RTR “PRR Freight Car Red” cars are immediately ready for decaling! This series of cars include keystone underframes.
– Painted RTR “PC Green” cars are immediately ready for decaling! This PC variant includes a hydra-cushion underframe, and lowered brake appliances and ladders in accordance with typical PC shop practices. This car is just waiting for decals!
– Painted RTR “Conrail Red” are available as well with hydra-cushion underframe, also ready for a decal project.

A limited supply of Norfolk Southern RTR models and undecorated/unpainted kits are also available.

Features for Tangent’s awesome X58 box car replicas include:
– Dimensionally-correct exterior post box car with trademark 1960s design features, produced from actual PRR blueprints and from photos and measurements taken from a real X58 at the Danbury Rail Museum in Danbury CT
– Different roof, brake appliance, side/end ladder, and center door arm variations correct for the era / paint scheme of each paint scheme
– Two different underframe variations: hydra-cushion and keystone
– Separate door rods and door roller detail
– “See-through” running board and crossover platform
– Full “lacy” AB brake detail and train air line
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Durable wire grab irons and “trombone-style” coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– “Near-scale” extended draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Kadee® “scale-head” couplers
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in ASF 70-ton roller bearing trucks, matching PRR practice
– Replacement 33” semi-scale wheels are available separately from Tangent
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Pricing for RTR models is $44.95. High-resolution images showing these fine replicas are available at www.tangentscalemodels.com and our site also includes prototype images of each paint scheme for your reference as well.

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models PRR X58 series box car. These replicas are very useful for modelers from coast to coast and will stand out well on any layout from 1965 to 2005!

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach – live from Springfield MA at the Railroad Hobby Show
www.tangentscalemodels.com
support@tangentscalemodels.com
PO Box 6514
Asheville NC 28816
828-279-6106

New Release: Pullman-Standard PS-1 40’ “Mini-Hy Cube” Box Car

Happy Holidays!

Many household appliance brands rode the rails: Admiral, Whirlpool, or Roper, to name a few. Nicknamed “baby hi-cubes” by shippers, railfans, and rail employees alike, the PS-1 40’ “Mini-Hy Cube” boxcars were early examples of purpose-built boxcars, built by Pullman-Standard in Bessemer, AL. At 4900 cubic foot capacity, most of these distinctively small yet tall cars were purchased for appliance loading out of origins in U.S. Midwestern states. Five railroads bought these cars in 1967-1968, and they were sent to destinations all over North America delivering appliances to warehouse receivers and team tracks. Because some of the cars were pooled, any roadname could be consigned to literally any destination, making these cars “nationwide roamers,” meaning you can justify any roadname anywhere. Later in their service lives, most cars were repurposed for paper loading, and by the 1990s many remaining cars were utilized in MOW and other company service roles.

The Tangent Scale Models HO scale PS-1 “Mini-Hy Cube” Boxcar replica was designed and tooled in USA, and the plastic parts were produced in USA. It features a prototypical “slight peak” roof, separate underframe brake components with wire piping, narrow ladders and sill steps, and “see-through” crossover platforms. These replicas include the “near-scale” draft gear that has been standard on all recent Tangent releases, which includes the “side key” detail with Kadee all-metal couplers. Detailed “trombone style” coupler lift bars are also present on our replicas with one of two styles to match the prototype. Finally, the models are equipped with the correct Tangent Barber S-2-A 70-ton roller bearing trucks and 33” CNC-machined wheelsets, so our models look as good as they operate. These small yet tall models are sure to be stunners on your layout!

Our December 2016 production includes the following 4 RTR paint schemes – plus undecorated kits.

– BN “Cascade Green 1982” which is a repaint scheme applied to BN boxcars in 1982. These cars have a stunning repaint with the super large BN logo, Plate F logo, and other standard BN touches like white delineators (yesterday’s “conspicuity stripes”). Check out our stellar BN green! At some point during the 1980s, BN began to shift some of these cars from appliance service to paper service. Don’t miss out! These cars even have “BN” and the car number stenciled on the truck! This cool repaint scheme is available in 2 road numbers.
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– CB&Q “Chinese Red 11-67” in original CB&Q Chinese red paint. This car is a stunner and represents CB&Q’s second delivery of these cars from Pullman-Standard. It is an all Chinese red car with no diagonal door stripe, providing some variety in the paint scheme when compared to the 10-67 delivery which included the white door stripe. The side is proudly stenciled “Hydraulic Cushioning” to draw attention to the cushioned ride the draft gear provides. These cars were built to haul appliances and lasted into the 1990s in paper service on BN and make for distinctive cars on any layout. This CB&Q series with accurate November 1967 dates is available in 4 road numbers. These cars have return route stencils to EL Marion OH (car numbers 19840 and 19848) or NYC Findlay OH (car numbers 19865 and 19869), matching the prototypes. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! Don’t miss out!
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– Milwaukee Road “Original 1968 DFB” in the classic Milwaukee Road box car red with the timeless “The Milwaukee Road” herald. Just like the prototypes, these cars have a “When Empty Return to Agent NYC Evansville Ind” stencil on the side of the car, and were assigned to Whirlpool. The cars also have the correct “DFB” stenciling applied to the door, a prototypically-accurate variation from the “DF2” stenciled cars we released previously. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! This MILW series is available in your choice of 3 road numbers.
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– Northern Pacific “Original Loewy Green 1967” in the as-delivered dark “Loewy” green scheme with the large 60” Pullman-applied Northern Pacific logo (with the red and white “ying and yang”), and the very large white “NP” with the black “shadowing” behind. Just like the prototypes, these cars have a “When Empty Return to Agent I.C. Railway Kankakee Illinois” stencil on the side of the car, and were assigned to Roper. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! This NP series is available in your choice of 3 road numbers.
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– Unpainted Kit for $36.95 each. This is a box of parts from Tangent, including trucks and wheels, so that you can build your own car to your specifications! For your home road, these cars afford significant real estate for lettering!

These awesome Tangent Scale Models replicas are shipping now. Features for our RTR replicas include:
– Designed, tooled, and plastic parts produced in USA!
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual Pullman-Standard blueprints
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– 2 different draft gear and trombone-style coupler lift bar variations that represent those pesky prototypical details Tangent is known for
– Lacy details – wire grab irons, coupler lift bars, and stand-off ladders and stirrup steps
– “See through” crossover end platforms
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models 70-ton Barber S-2-A Roller Bearing trucks (with semi-scale replacement wheels available separately) with separate brake hangar parts for extra realism
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Even if you do not model one of these roadnames, you should consider the Tangent PS-1 appliance and paper haulers for your layout. Any roadname(s) would be perfect in a through freight or spotted at a local team tack or appliance distributor industry. Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-1 “Mini-Hy Cube” Boxcar, a necessary cog in the unique 1960s box car boom. Pricing for RTR models is $44.95.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

New PRODUCT: GATC 8,000 Gallon 1917-Design Radial Course Tank Car

Live from Trainfest in Milwaukee WI: Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our next ALL-NEW freight car replica, the General American 8,000 Gallon 1917-Design Radial Course Tank Car. This is the first plastic radial course tank offered in HO plastic! (Radial course means the tank’s steel panels overlap each other, looking like “stairsteps”).

By the end of World War I, U.S. production of oil and oil-related products was sharply increasing thanks to the combination of war-related demands as well as demands from home. In order to move oil and new consumer products, tank car producers introduced new car designs. In 1917 General American Tank Car introduced a new general service 8,000 gallon non-insulated tank car. Built in East Chicago, IN, these cars were easily identifiable by their circumferential rivets that surrounded the tank body, with notably different heights between the courses. These “radial course” tank cars utilized steel bolster plates that rise up vertically to hold the tank in place, complete with a “web” section behind to minimize steel consumption. At a time of fairly monochromatic box cars plying the rails, most consumable products and oil shippers proudly displayed their company markings on the tanks. Additionally, tank car lessor firm Union Tank Line purchased a very large fleet of these cars as well, decorated in the distinctive UTLX “gold on black” scheme. Between UTLX, Deep Rock, and other schemes to come in future releases, think of this as the first “crude oil” tank car of consequence. The GATC 1917-design prototypes were the most prolific tank cars built during this period and were found everywhere from 1917 to roughly 1970.

The Tangent Scale Models GATC 1917-Design 8,000 Gallon General Service Tank Car is a highly-detailed tank car model that includes details accurate for each paint scheme, including KC- or AB-brake variations, with or without Cardwell draft sill springs, and different hand brakes. Other visually-distinctive details for our models include the “see through” bolster section, circumferential rivets, and differing course heights. Our RTR models include correct “true-to-life” colors and “hyper-accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement. Finally, our scale replicas operate as well as they look, equipped with free-rolling all-metal wheels and Kadee® scale couplers, meaning our models are truly ready to run.

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Our new ready to operate replicas are available for sale now at www.tangentscalemodels.com and we are selling a small batch of these cars at Trainfest in Milwaukee on November 12-13. General shipping for the remainder of our cars will begin on December 13 – we are taking orders now so don’t miss out!

Whether wearing “plain” UTLX black lease colors or the colors of a lessee, these replicas will certainly be eye-catchers on your layout! Check out the radial courses – they look like nothing else in HO! Our first stunning release includes the following five paint schemes:

– AESX “Staley – Decatur” 1952+” in the attractive “A.E. STALEY MFG. CO.” scheme with the classy STALEY logo which states “Products from Staley’s corn and soybeans.” Also, DECATUR, ILLINOIS is proudly stenciled on the car. As always, this scheme comes directly off of a prototype car that matches our model. These tank cars delivered corn products to receivers nationwide, making them broadly applicable to almost every railroad in North America. Our STALEY 1952+ cars come with era-correct AB-brakes and are available in four road numbers.
– DRX “Deep Rock – Cushing” 1940+” in the attractive “DEEP ROCK” scheme with the properly rendered gold stenciling. These cars also feature the “CUSHING OKLA.” spelled out with white stenciling. The Deep Rock fleet was a large fleet numbering in the thousands and virtually all of them were this GATC prototype painted this way. Many of the tank cars during this era were painted in billboard schemes like this one. These tank cars delivered oil nationwide, making them broadly applicable to almost every railroad in North America. Our Deep Rock 1940+ stunners are available in six road numbers.
– GATX “Globe Soap – Cincinnati” 1920+” with nicely-rendered Globe Soap graphics on the side of the car, plus mention of “CINCINNATI OHIO” as the home town for the cars (Globe was eventually acquired by Procter and Gamble). While in today’s world it is hard to imagine soap products as a tank car commodity traveling by rail, remember that the combination of manufacturing and packaging practices, as well as pre-truck era, both contributed to tank cars being used for more than just oil-related commodities at that time in our nation’s history. This car is accurately stenciled for 1920 and likely lasted until the mid-1940s in this scheme, complete with era-appropriate K-brake system. These stunning cars are available in two road numbers.
– UTLX “Original 1920+” is one of two UTLX offerings in this production run: an “early” and a “later” car. Union Tank Car Company’s UTLX lease fleet was comprised of tank cars from a variety of builders, including several large orders for GATC tank cars. Numbering in the thousands, this fleet was part of the backbone of the large Standard Oil-owned fleet and are very relevant cars for those that need UTLX tanks – and more statistically relevant than the ACF prototypes you probably already have on your layout now (sorry, but it is true). These nationwide service cars include a 1920 paint date on the side of the car, and an era-correct K brake system. This UTLX lease scheme is available in six road numbers.
– UTLX “Black Repaint 1958+” is the second of two UTLX offerings in this production run. This scheme is the prototype repaint that was applied to UTLX cars in 1958. The car also includes an era-appropriate AB brake system. This UTLX lease scheme is available in four road numbers.
– Undecorated RTR Black cars are ready for decaling! Available December 13.
– Undecorated Unpainted Kits are available as well. When you gripe that “no one” makes kits anymore, well, here they are. These are ready for building or kitbashing, and decaling. Great for those who desire to build their own. Available December 13.

Features for these awesome replicas include:
– Circumferential riveted tank body and riveted underframe (count ‘em, there are many!)
– Radial course tank body – note the “stairstep” appearance!
– All-new underframe for the GATC 1917-design
– “See-through” cast knee above the bolsters
– Accurate dome appliances
– Dimensionally-correct hazardous placards with accurate hole detail
– Separately applied tank handrail
– Separately applied tank strap detail
– KC- or AB- brake variations depending on the prototype car
– Inclusion of Cardwell draft sill springs depending on the prototype car, otherwise “oval” frame openings where the springs were removed
– Different hand brake appliance options depending on the prototype car
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement, including lettering applied to the underframe and air reservoir
– Durable wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with side detail
– Kadee® “scale-head” couplers
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high-quality Tangent Scale Models ASF cast steel truck with spring plank and with separate brake beams
– Replacement semi-scale wheels available separately from Tangent
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme – these cars often traveled in “groups” of more than one
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American 8,000 gallon 1917-design radial course tank car! Just like its prototype, this car will stand out on any layout situated from 1917 to 1970, and they went everywhere!

Pricing for RTR models is $44.95. High-resolution images showing these fine replicas are available at www.tangentscalemodels.com and our site also includes prototype images for your reference as well.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach – live from Milwaukee WI at Trainfest!
Tangent Scale Models – “Unparalleled scale replicas for discriminating railroad modelers”
www.tangentscalemodels.com
support@tangentscalemodels.com
PO Box 6514
Asheville NC 28816
828-279-6106

Car in Context: Agland – Eaton CO PS4740 Covered Hopper

Here are two prototype views of TLDX 9036, an Agland Inc. PS4740 covered hopper. First, here it is with its very fatigued paint in 2002, photographed by Dan Holbrook.

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The second photo is the same car, photographed by the PS company photographer in 1967 before being delivered for revenue service.

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The stenciling and paint on this early PS4740 is fascinating. It kind of looks like a Landmark paintjob – although it predates Landmark – but has a white roof which is very unusual for PS covered hoppers. The stenciling on the side identifying Eaton Colorado is blue, while the remaining standard Pullman stenciling is black. There is a red-white-black COOP logo in the center of the car. Agland had a total of 4 cars split between two small lots – 9036 is from the earlier of the two. Eaton Colorado is one of several towns located on UP’s Greeley Subdivision which ran (still runs) between Denver and Cheyenne.

Finally, Tangent Scale Models now has this car available for sale.

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David Lehlbach

New Release: PS-2 4740 Covered Hoppers, 1967+

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce that our HO scale Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4740 covered hopper is back and is available NOW in ELEVEN RTR paint schemes, plus undecorated kits. This production focuses on prototype cars manufactured in the 1967-1969 period.

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Pullman-Standard originally produced these game-changing covered hoppers between 1966 and 1972, and some continue to serve today throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico. The Tangent Scale Models HO-scale replicas are a perfect addition to your layout or collection, and we continue to listen to your roadname desires with our industry-leading covered hoppers.

This is not a pre-order announcement. Our October 2016 release is available for sale now – no preorders required. Click here! Our new release includes the following roadnames:

– Great Northern “Original Sky Blue 8-1967” in the “sky blue” as-built scheme from 1967, including the large and distinctive circular “Rocky” logo. This is a new run that includes 6 all-new road numbers. These are stunners, don’t miss out!
– Illinois Central “Original Gray 1969” in the gray as-built IC scheme from 1969, including the beautifully-replicated “split I-rail” on the side of the car. This is a new run that includes 6 all-new road numbers, with examples of this scheme lasting into the CN era.
– CC (Chicago Central) “Former IC Restencil” in the same gray as-built IC scheme as listed above, except this car is offered as a CC paintout car for regional railroad Chicago Central, created in 1985 from most of the Illinois Central Iowa Division. This car was transferred back to Illinois Central ownership in 1996, and later was purchased by CN. We are offering one road number for this car that matches the prototype car’s paintout characteristics. This car remains in service today under CN ownership.
– Northern Pacific “Original 1969” in the original green NP scheme, which is how these cars were delivered in 1969. We matched the Northern Pacific Railway Historical Association color sample for this car to ensure the correct “pre-BN” green! This scheme has been highly-requested by many of our customers and these stunners are now available in 6 road numbers.
– Western Maryland “Original Gray 1967” in the gray as-built “speed lettering” scheme that has been highly requested by WM, Chessie, and CSXT fans alike. We are proud to offer these beauties in 6 road numbers.
– TLCX “Landmark Columbus OH Original 1968” in the original red, white, and black scheme bearing the Columbus Ohio elevator lettering. This is our third Landmark scheme offering, but the first to be offered on our PS4740 prototype model. Our industry-leading Pullman-Standard cars are meant to go together as a set, and this release allows you to accurately model a block of these on a Chessie train to the Port of Baltimore, a single car on a BN grain train to Tacoma, or something in between. These cars led a varied service life, and they are available in four road numbers. Don’t miss out!
– TLDX “Agland, Eaton CO Original 1969” in the original red, white, and black Colorado lease scheme with accurate large blue lettering. This car is a stunner, and is complete with a prototypically-correct white roof. Available in 2 road numbers, this continues our theme of Union Pacific Greeley Subdivision lettered elevator PS4740 cars. Proudly displaying the COOP logo, these cars became nationwide lease cars in 1987.
– TLDX “Maher, Courtland KS Original 1967” in the original light “federal standard” green and black scheme, with white lease stenciling. This is our first state of Kansas lease car to be offered and it is available in two road numbers. Courtland was served by both Rock Island and ATSF, and these cars were moved to general lease pool service in the 1980s.
– TLDX “Rogers, Cynthiana IN Original 1967” in the original light “federal standard” blue and black scheme, with white stenciling. Our Indiana offering for this run is available now in two road numbers.
– TLDX “Gray Lease 1997+” is a gray general service repaint lease car that was repainted into a “plain gray modern repaint” car in 1997. This represents a more modern repaint for our customers requesting more modern schemes. Like all cars, see our website for a prototype photo.
– TLDX “Yellow Lease 1970+” is from a series of former private elevator cars that were repainted into a generic yellow scheme in 1970. Unlike typical TLDX factory paint jobs that included black underframes and ends, this series received a yellow-only paint job with no black highlights.
– Undecorated kits in two variations – we are pleased to once again offer undecorated kits so you can build your own custom models, with your choice of Morton or with Apex running boards.

Tangent Scale Models PS4740 covered hoppers include relevant roadname – specific detail variations appropriate for their era of Pullman production, including configurations of: side ladders, jacking pads, centersill supports, crossover platforms, and running boards.

These awesome Tangent Scale Models replicas are shipping now. Features for our RTR replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual Pullman-Standard blueprints and verified with field measurements
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– Etched metal running boards and crossover platforms
– Lacy details – wire grab irons, coupler lift bars, and stand-off ladders
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Narrow appearance” draft gear box
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks (with semi-scale replacement wheels available separately)
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Pricing for our RTR models is $44.95.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

New Release: GATC 4180 Airslide Covered Hoppers

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce more new paint schemes for our HO Scale General American 4180 “Airslide” covered hopper. First released by Tangent in 2015, our GATC 4180 Airslide covered hopper continues our long-standing focus on beautiful detailing, consistent colors and stenciling, and excellent operating abilities. When you factor in the quality of detailing and execution out of the box against your modeling time, Tangent provides a better value than train set alternatives that have fewer parts and missing stencil markings.

Our new cars are available today – for sale via our website and live from the St. Louis RPM meet in Collinsville IL! Our third production of General American 4180 covered hoppers includes the following 8 RTR paint schemes – plus undec RTR and undec kits so you can “build your own masterpiece.”

– BN “Original Green 1972” represents an original GATX-painted green car as delivered to BN in 1972. This car includes beautifully-rendered BURLINGTON NORTHERN lettering with tons of other fine lettering detail – check out the amount of stenciling on this car. It is on every panel! These Tangent cascade green stunners are available in 4 road numbers. Our BN green covered hoppers have a distinct theme of looking consistent. Don’t miss out on our next chapter!

– MP “UP repaint 6-1994” represents a gray UP repaint from June 1994 with MP reporting marks. This car includes the reporting marks stenciled on the black trucks. Check out our awesome UP shield! This is the first of three MP/UP airslides in this release. Collect all 3!

– MP “UP repaint 5-1994” represents a gray UP repaint from May 1994 with MP reporting marks. This car includes gray trucks just like the prototype. This is the second of three MP/UP airslides in this release. Collect all 3!

– MP “UP repaint 5-1992” represents a gray UP repaint from May 1992 with MP reporting marks. This car includes the reporting marks stenciled on the black trucks. This is the third of three MP/UP airslides in this release. Collect all 3!

– NP “Original Gray 1967” in the gray scheme with NORTHERN PACIFIC spelled out in black. In addition to the large lettering, our cars include all of the fine lettering the cars should have, just like the prototype. NP bought these for flour and sugar service and were quite common during the NP era as well as into the late BN era. These beauties are available with three road numbers.

– SLSF “Original Gray 1965” in the gray scheme with FRISCO spelled out large, in black. These are sharp cars! Like our NP offerings, these SLSF cars lasted well into the BN era. These beauties are available with three road numbers.

– SOU “Original Gray 1978” in the gray scheme with SOUTHERN and the road number both spelled out large, in black. In addition to the large lettering, our cars include all of the fine lettering the cars should have, just like the prototype. Also, these cars have gray trucks, just like Southern ordered from GATC. These beauties are available with four road numbers.

– GACX “Original Gray 1971” is a “plain gray” lease scheme car with a very small Coca-Cola lessee notation. This plain gray scheme represents a fairly common GACX scheme found on cars from build date to today. These cars are available in three road numbers.

– Undecorated RTR Primer Gray in three versions: 1965-1966, 1967-1969, 1970-1980

– Unpainted Kit in three versions: 1965-1966, 1967-1969, 1970-1980

– 14 Other schemes available: 4 different BNSF buffer car schemes, ATSF “Original Gray 1978”, B&O “Original Gray 1968”, C&O Chessie “Original Yellow 1973”, CNW “Original Gray 1976”, GM&O “Original Gray 1966”, Milwaukee “Original Gray 1965”, GACX “Clinton Corn Processing”, GACX “Brach’s Candy 1974”, GACX “Westvaco Carbon 1980” and SIRX Restencil “IGP Canada”.

The Tangent Scale Models GATC 4180s are shipping now. Features for our replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual General American plans and verified with field measurements
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– “See through” etched metal running boards
– A series of various spotting variations that replicate cars from General American’s prolific 1965-1980 production period, including different roofs, running boards, body side post (“rib”) profiles, high and low brake arrangements on the B end, different ladder and grab iron arrangements, with or without crossover platforms and handrails, etc. Sell off the toy trains and save your time – we do freight cars right.
– Lacy details installed and painted – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks, with semi-scale wheels available separately
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American 4180 Airslide covered hopper, one of the most sought-after freight cars from the turbulent 1960s-1970s period, done right with phase variations! Pricing for RTR models is $44.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach
Tangent Scale Models
www.tangentscalemodels.com
support@tangentscalemodels.com
PO Box 6514
Asheville NC 28816
828-279-6106

Our Next Show Date: St.Louis RPM

For those of you that want a great road trip, think about attending the St.Louis RPM on August 12/13, 2016. Held in Collinsville IL, this great meet is all about the fellowship of building railroad models, including talking about models, attending clinics about prototypes and their models, participating in weathering sessions, and buying photos/models/materials. We want to meet you so please stop and say hi. We love to attend this meet and once again we will be there this year, selling our newest things as well as a few surprises. No reservations are required, just show up! It’s easy. You can learn all about the meet here! See you there!

David Lehlbach

New PRODUCT: PS-1 40′ Mini-Hy Cube Boxcar!

Many household appliance brands rode the rails: Admiral, Whirlpool, or Roper, to name a few. Nicknamed “baby hi-cubes” by shippers, railfans, and rail employees alike, the PS-1 40’ “Mini-Hy Cube” boxcars were early examples of purpose-built boxcars, built by Pullman-Standard in Bessemer, AL. At 4900 cubic foot capacity, most of these distinctively small yet tall cars were purchased for appliance loading out of origins in U.S. Midwestern states. Five railroads bought these cars in 1967-1968, and they were sent to destinations all over North America delivering appliances to warehouse receivers and team tracks. Because some of the cars were pooled, any roadname could be consigned to literally any destination, making these cars “nationwide roamers,” meaning you can justify any roadname anywhere. Later in their service lives, most cars were repurposed for paper loading, and by the 1990s many remaining cars were utilized in MOW and other company service roles.

The Tangent Scale Models HO scale PS-1 “Mini-Hy Cube” Boxcar replica was designed and tooled in USA, and the plastic parts were produced in USA. It features a prototypical “slight peak” roof, separate underframe brake components with wire piping, narrow ladders and sill steps, and “see-through” crossover platforms. These replicas include the “near-scale” draft gear that has been standard on all recent Tangent releases, which includes the “side key” detail with Kadee all-metal couplers. Detailed “trombone style” coupler lift bars are also present on our replicas with one of two styles to match the prototype. Finally, the models are equipped with the correct Tangent Barber S-2-A 70-ton roller bearing trucks and 33” CNC-machined wheelsets, so our models look as good as they operate. These small yet tall models are sure to be stunners on your layout!

Our first production includes the following 4 RTR paint schemes – plus undecorated kits.

– CB&Q “Chinese Red 10-67” in original CB&Q Chinese red paint. This car is a stunner with its white diagonal stripe on the door, and your choice of return routes to ATSF Galesburg IL or SLSF Ft Smith AR. The side is proudly stenciled “Hydraulic Cushioning” to draw attention to the cushioned ride the draft gear provides. These cars were built to haul appliances for Admiral and lasted into the 1990s in paper service on BN and make for distinctive cars on any layout. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! This CB&Q series with accurate October 1967 dates is available in 4 road numbers. Don’t miss out!

– DRGW “Original Brown 1967” in the classic original freight car brown scheme from 1967, with the iconic DRGW logo and spelled out “The Action Road.” These cars have black ends with white paint at the top to denote the excess height. This series of DRGW cars all have a return to EL, Marion OH route stencil and were originally assigned to Whirlpool. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! These beautiful cars are available in 3 road numbers.

– IC “Original Orange 1967” in the original Illinois Central orange scheme from 1967, with the classic “Split-Rail” logo and “Main Line of Mid-America” stenciling. We know how to do IC correctly! Just like the prototypes, these cars have a “Return to Agent NYC RR Evansville Indiana When Empty” stencil on the side of the car, and were assigned to Whirlpool. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! This IC series is available in your choice of 4 roadnumbers.

– Milwaukee Road “Original 1968 DF2” in the classic Milwaukee Road box car red with the timeless “The Milwaukee Road” herald. Just like the prototypes, these cars have a “When Empty Return to Agent NYC Evansville Ind” stencil on the side of the car, and were assigned to Whirlpool. The cars also have the correct “DF2” stenciling applied to the door. Keep in mind the real cars were pooled, so any roadname can work on your layout! This MILW series is available in your choice of 4 roadnumbers.

– Unpainted Kit for $36.95 each. This is a box of parts from Tangent, including trucks and wheels, so that you can build your own car to your specifications!

Click here to learn more and order! Shipping today!

These awesome, ALL-NEW, Tangent Scale Models replicas are shipping now. Features for our RTR replicas include:
– Designed, tooled, and plastic parts produced in USA!
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual Pullman-Standard blueprints
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– 2 different draft gear and trombone-style coupler lift bar variations that represent those pesky prototypical details Tangent is known for
– Lacy details – wire grab irons, coupler lift bars, and stand-off ladders and stirrup steps
– “See through” crossover end platforms
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models 70-ton Barber S-2-A Roller Bearing trucks (with semi-scale replacement wheels available separately) with separate brake hangar parts for extra realism
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Even if you do not model one of these four roadnames, you should definitely consider the Tangent PS-1 appliance and paper haulers for your layout. Any roadname(s) would be perfect in a through freight or spotted at a local team tack or appliance distributor industry. Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-1 “Mini-Hy Cube” Boxcar, a necessary cog in the unique 1960s box car boom. Pricing for RTR models is $44.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.

Click here to learn more and order! Shipping today!

That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

David Lehlbach

New Release: GATC 4180 Covered Hoppers! Including New BNSF Buffer Cars!

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce new paint schemes for our HO Scale General American 4180 “Airslide” covered hopper. First released by Tangent in 2015, our GATC 4180 Airslide covered hopper continues our long-standing focus on beautiful detailing, consistent colors and stenciling, and excellent operating abilities. When you factor in the quality of detailing and execution out of the box against your modeling time, Tangent provides a better value than train set alternatives that have fewer parts and missing stencil markings.

Our second production of General American 4180 covered hoppers includes the following 8 RTR paint schemes – plus undec RTR and undec kits so you can “build your own masterpiece.”
– ATSF “Original Gray 1978” in the gray scheme common to these cars, representing some of the later GATC production cars for ATSF with the large, spelled out “Santa Fe.” In addition to the larger lettering, our cars include all of the fine lettering the cars should have, just like the prototype. These beauties are available in four road numbers.
– BNSF “Buffer Car” #1 is BNSF road number #808032. It represents a BNSF GATC 4180 that has been changed from revenue service to buffer car service, restenciled by MEI (Metro East Industries in East St.Louis IL) in 2002. This car includes conspicuity stripes. It includes tons of fine stencil lettering, just like the lettering found on the real car. Did you notice the BNSF green patch out for the road number on the prototype car? Yup, we did that too. We also included the faded BNSF logo on the side of the car. But you know what the best part is? Look at the roof. We have included the gray anti-skid paint on the roof that helps a customer avoid slipping on the sloped roof pitch when stepping off of the roofwalk to open the hatches. This is the first of four road numbers available for BNSF, correctly detailed for the 1970s-built prototype this car represents. And don’t forget, crude oil and ethanol trains requiring buffer cars typically have one car on each end of the train! We offer two completely different buffer car models since no two are the same!
– BNSF “Buffer Car” #2 is BNSF road number #808128. It represents a BNSF GATC 4180 that has been changed from revenue service to buffer car service, restenciled by MEI (Metro East Industries in East St.Louis IL) in the year 2000. This car includes conspicuity stripes. It includes tons of fine stencil lettering, just like the lettering found on the real car, such as “BUFFER SVC ONLY DO NOT LOAD.” Like the other road numbers we offer, this car also includes the gray anti-skid paint on the roof that helps a customer avoid slipping on the sloped roof pitch when stepping off of the roofwalk to open the hatches. However, this gray paint pattern on the roof is different from the car above. This is the second of four BNSF buffer car service road numbers available for BNSF, correctly detailed for the 1970s-built prototype this car represents. And don’t forget, crude oil and ethanol trains requiring buffer cars typically have one car on each end of the train! We offer four completely different buffer car models since no two are the same!
– BNSF “Buffer Car” #3 is BNSF road number #808003. This one is a special one – there are a small few “bandits” in the buffer car pool and this car is one of them. It represents a former ATSF 4180 that has been changed from revenue service to buffer car service, but was not repainted, so it retains its original ATSF “Santa Fe” class GA-200 paint from 1978, but with patched reporting marks and number. Like the prototype, it also includes conspicuity stripes. It includes tons of fine stencil lettering, just like the lettering found on the real car, such as “BUFFER SERVICE ONLY DO NOT LOAD.” This is the third of four BNSF buffer car service road numbers available for BNSF, correctly detailed for the 1970s-built prototype this car represents. And don’t forget, crude oil and ethanol trains requiring buffer cars typically have one car on each end of the train! We offer four completely different buffer car models since no two are the same!
– BNSF “Buffer Car” #4 is BNSF road number #808157. It represents a BNSF GATC 4180 that has been changed from revenue service to buffer car service, restenciled by MEI (Metro East Industries in East St.Louis IL) in the year 1998. This car includes conspicuity stripes. It includes tons of fine stencil lettering, just like the lettering found on the real car, such as “BUFFER SVC ONLY DO NOT LOAD.” Like the other road numbers we offer, this car also includes the gray anti-skid paint on the roof that helps a customer avoid slipping on the sloped roof pitch when stepping off of the roofwalk to open the hatches. However, this gray paint pattern on the roof is different from the car above. This is the fourth of four BNSF buffer car service road numbers available for BNSF, correctly detailed for the 1970s-built prototype this car represents. And don’t forget, crude oil and ethanol trains requiring buffer cars typically have one car on each end of the train! We offer four completely different buffer car models since no two are the same!
– C&O Chessie “Original Yellow 1973” represents an original GATX-painted Chessie car as delivered to C&O in 1973. This car includes a beautifully-rendered Chessie car with fine detail – check out the fine cat stenciling. And like the real cars, these cars come with dark blue underframes and trucks. This replica represents the third of four orders from C&O for 4180 airslides, but is the first order delivered in Chessie livery. These Tangent federal yellow stunners are available in 4 road numbers.
– GACX “Brach’s Candy 1974” is the second private operator scheme offered in this production. It represents a fairly common GACX scheme for cars in sugar service for Brach’s candy. These cars are stunners in their alternating red shades with white lettering. These cars are available in two road numbers.
– GACX “Westvaco Carbon 1980” is the first of two private operator schemes offered in this production. It represents one of the GATC 4180s that was assigned to carbon black service, in this case Westvaco Carbon, advertising its “Nuchar activated carbon” product which is stenciled accurately in light blue on the car side. It is a somewhat unique repaint from the GATC shops, and like the prototype it rides on ASF 70-ton ride control plain bearing trucks, which we include for that little bit of accuracy you find on Tangent products. This scheme is available in one road number.
– Undecorated RTR Primer Gray in three versions: 1965-1966, 1967-1969, 1970-1980
– Unpainted Kit in three versions: 1965-1966, 1967-1969, 1970-1980

Shipping today! Click here to learn more and order!

The Tangent Scale Models GATC 4180s are shipping now. Features for our replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual General American plans and verified with field measurements
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– “See through” etched metal running boards
– A series of various spotting variations that replicate cars from General American’s prolific 1965-1980 production period, including different roofs, running boards, body side post (“rib”) profiles, high and low brake arrangements on the B end, different ladder and grab iron arrangements, with or without crossover platforms and handrails, etc. Sell off the toy trains and save your time – we do freight cars right.
– Lacy details installed and painted – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks, with semi-scale wheels available separately
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American 4180 Airslide covered hopper, one of the most sought-after freight cars from the turbulent 1960s-1970s period, done right with phase variations! Pricing for RTR models is $44.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.
That wraps up our update for today, and thank you for supporting the family-owned businesses in our industry!

Shipping today! Click here to learn more and order!

David Lehlbach

NMRA National Convention 2016: Tangent Convention Car

The NMRA National Convention 2016 “Convention Car” will be a Tangent Scale Models PS4000 covered hopper decorated for Monon. This group of prototype cars was delivered to Monon in October 1963 for soybean and corn service. The Tangent model accurately depicts these distinctive prototypes that were so commonly found across midwestern rails in the 1960s-1980s, serving customers on Monon and predecessors L&N and CSXT. The Tangent model is available in your choice of 2 road numbers, 44003 and 44038. It includes a placard and decal set to glue to the car should you want to add NMRA 2016 Indianapolis Convention graphics to the side of the car.

Here is an image of one of our finely-crafted models (click to enlarge):

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These models are available through the NMRA by clicking here. We are told that they will be available to members at the NMRA National Convention as well.

Many thanks to the NMRA 2016 Host Convention Committee for selecting Tangent. We are proud to serve this hobby we love so much.

David Lehlbach