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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

Plan A Trip! National Train Show In Indianapolis – July 8-10, 2016

4 weeks from today marks the official start to the National Train Show! This annual event occurs in concert with the NMRA National Convention every summer, and is a great experience for anyone who is into model trains. You can rub elbows with manufacturers like Tangent Scale Models. You can see a variety of modular layouts. You can visit retailers. And you can learn from clinics and see household layouts as part of the NMRA National experience.

The National Train Show is open to the public. Just show up in Indianapolis anytime at the Indiana Convention Center on July 8-10. Tangent will be in booth 919. Here it is on a map:

Map

The Tangent booth will have a selection of our current available stock for sale. We will be answering questions and talking with customers as well. Come and tell us what you model and what you’d like to see! And of course, we usually have something new to see – and purchase – at a National Train Show….

Remember, Indianapolis is within an easy day’s drive for people living in about 10 different midwestern states, and it is not too far from Windsor for our Canadian brothers. So go ahead and treat yourself!

You can learn all you need to know about the National Train Show by clicking on this link.

See you there!
David Lehlbach

NEW PRODUCT! PRR/PC Shops G43 Class Gondola PLUS Banded Steel Coils

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce our next all-new car, the HO Scale PRR/PC Shops Class G43 Corrugated Side 52’6” Gondola. The Pennsylvania Railroad and merger successor Penn Central built a total of 3,750 G43 / G43A / G43B / G43C gondolas at the Sam Rea Shops in Hollidaysburg PA from 1966 to 1970, the largest gondola fleet built by Sam Rea or any carbuilding shop in the 1960s. In other words, these cars are highly relevant! The G43 gondolas were a modern fleet of 100-ton mill gondolas with 52’6” interior length, with different design configurations for various customer applications. The G43 fleet was built to replace older gondolas with a rugged design suitable for mill, scrap, and aggregate services. Additionally, many were modified during the Conrail era with coil “racks” to transport uncovered steel coils. Many still serve NS and CSXT today in various services including coil service, as well as other revenue and MOW services. Some cars were sold to the secondary market and still operate today with leasing firm reporting marks.

All of the G43 series gondolas are easily identified by their side corrugations. The similarities end there; each of the G43 sub-classes are visually distinctive from one another. The PRR G43 and early PC G43A cars have corrugations in every panel and have dreadnaught ends. The later G43A / G43B / G43C cars have no corrugations in the outward two panels, as well as DSI (Despatch Shops, Inc., Rochester NY) corrugated ends. These DSI ends applied to a PRR car are one of the first examples of car building cooperation for the newly-formed Penn Central – cooperation between the former NYC and PRR shops. While all cars built prior to the G43B had steel floors and conventional draft gear, the G43B cars introduced wood floors and cushion draft gear. The G43C subclass, built in 1970, were the last series of cars and returned to steel floors and conventional draft gear.

Models of the PRR/PC G43 series gondolas have NEVER been available before in plastic, brass, or resin. The Tangent Scale Models G43 series offering follows these prototype variations. We have produced three side configurations, two end configurations, and four floor configurations, including two with coil “racks” installed to haul steel coils (which we are also now selling as separate parts). Our G43 is perfectly scaled from actual PRR/PC drawings. We have captured the look of the side corrugations, and these models incorporate full interior detailing including the side corrugations. Finally, our cars are equipped with 100-ton trucks and correct CNC-machined 36” wheels to give these gons a “beefy” modern look. Our cars have a proper depth floor, and are outfitted with Kadee® scale couplers, so the cars operate as well as they look!

Finally, check out our correct “true-to-life” colors and “hyper-accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement.

Our first production includes the following 4 RTR paint schemes – plus six undecorated kit variations.

– PRR “Original 11-1966 G43” in the original Pennsylvania Railroad scheme with the plain keystone on the G43 configuration body. The PRR reporting marks, road number, and PRR keystone are on three placards, just like the prototype. This was done so that this stenciling was applied to a flat surface, and not the corrugations. This car looks stunning in the proper PRR freight car red, which nicely compliments the Tangent PRR G31B gondolas for a “family appearance.” This PRR series with accurate November 1966 dates is available in 12 road numbers. Many PRR cars lasted well into the Conrail era – Conrail and Penn Central modelers take note! Also, check out our website for examples of these cars faraway from PRR rails. These are not just for East Coast modelers!

– PC “Original 10-1969 G43B” in the classic original Penn Central green scheme from 1969, with the iconic Penn Central worms logo and spelled out Penn Central. These PC cars did not require placards because the G43B body style did not have corrugated side sheets on the last two panels at each end. Without corrugations, the PC reporting marks, road number, logo, and ACI label all can be applied on the car directly, just like the prototype. These G43B cars have cushioned draft gear and wood floors, and were general service fleet gondolas. The Tangent floors represent wood with their gray color like our previous gondola offerings, and have oxide red car interiors – on the interior walls and ends – like the prototype. Like the PC prototypes, our stunning cars have yellow defect card holders. These beautiful cars are available in 6 road numbers.

– PC “Original 4-1970 G43C” in the original Penn Central green scheme from 1970, with the classic Penn Central worms logo – and no spelled out PC. These PC cars did not require placards because the G43C body style did not have corrugated side sheets on the last two panels at each end. Without corrugations, the PC reporting marks, road number, logo, and ACI label all can be applied on the car directly, just like the prototype. These G43C cars return to the configuration of the G43 cars, with conventional draft gear and steel floors, as denoted by our model having an S inside a circle on the side of the car, like the prototype, as well as steel floors inside the model. The Tangent replica includes oxide red car interiors – on the interior walls and ends – like the prototype. Finally, our stunning cars have yellow defect card holders like the real cars did. These beautiful cars are available in 6 road numbers. Don’t miss out!

– CR “1988 G43 Coil Svc. w/Rack – Coils NOT included” in the now-classic Conrail red paint. This series represents the former PRR-painted G43 series. Conrail retained the placards that were present on these original PRR-painted cars from 22 years before. The Conrail reporting marks, road number, Conrail can opener logo, and COTS panel are all on these three placards. The top chord of the car has a “COIL STEEL LOADING ONLY” stencil to remind customers and railroad officers that the car is equipped with coil racks. Our model has coil racks too, and we sell the steel coils for this car separately. We recommend a load of four of them if you want to replicate most prototype loading patterns – for the size of coil we created. Yes, we did the math. These Conrail cars are offered in 6 road numbers and feature details appropriate for the 1966-built car.

– Quantity of 8 Banded Steel Coils that are fully assembled and painted in the proper galvanized sheet steel metal color with beautifully-rendered black steel banding. Once slab steel has been flat-rolled and coiled by a rolling mill, the uncovered steel coils can be easily transported and without damage to customers. Our coil parts continue our tradition of heavy-hitting accuracy, representing perhaps the most common steel coil size seen on the rails – and trucks – during the past 20+ years: the 60-inch width specification (which are typically 68 inches in diameter). Most 100-ton railcar loads would have 4 of these loaded onboard. Uncovered steel coils are a commonly seen commodity on railcars, especially for post-1980 era modelers. These coil parts are intended to be utilized directly with our gorgeous Conrail RTR G43 model with the coil rack already installed, or with any of our undecorated kit products. Finally, you can use these with other manufacturer’s cars as well as with your steel mill scenes. And don’t forget scenes that include the sheet steel receivers! Our box of 8 gorgeous steel coils are fully painted, assembled, and ready for your layout at $9.95, and are not cast unpainted “parts.”
– Unpainted Kit in SIX different versions for $32.95 each. Build your own car or set of cars to your specifications using these “build” body style variations as a starting point:
PRR G43 / PC G43A Early
PC G43B
PC G43C
PRR G43 / PC G43A Early w/ Coil Rack
PC G43B w/ Coil Rack
PC G43C w/ Coil Rack

These awesome, ALL-NEW, Tangent Scale Models replicas are shipping now. Features for our RTR replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from actual Sam Rea blueprints 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
– 3 specific production variations that highlight production from 1966-1970, including different bodies, interiors, with or without coil racks, different underframes, different ends. Sell off the toy trains – we do freight cars right
– “See through” brake steps
– Lacy details – wire grab irons, coupler lift bars, and stand-off ladders and stirrup steps
– 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

So go ahead, put on Revolver, Pet Sounds, or Blonde on Blonde, and relive the new era of 100-ton gondola production from 1966. Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models PRR/PC G43 Class Corrugated Side Gondola, a huge fleet car from the innovative 1960s freight car period! Pricing for RTR models is $38.95, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models.

Click here to read more!

David Lehlbach

Car in Context: B&O PS4000 Covered Hopper

Here is a nice in service photo of “class car” B&O 831000, part of B&O class N-48, which was a total of 45 PS4000 covered hopper cars built August 1963.

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These cars were delivered with gravity pneumatic gates like the 831013 builder photo seen here.

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Photos of some of these PS4000s during and after the Chessie era show the pneumatic outlets removed, like the photo of 831000 above. This should be an easy one-night modeling project – snip or carve off the pneumatics, sand clean, repaint, and weather.

According to B&O diagrams two additional cars were purchased from ACL in 1964 and numbered 831045 and 831046.

B&O historian Stephen Phillips posted a great quote to the B&O yahoo group from actual B&O source documents that talked about how B&O assigned these cars, at least as of May 1966: “The 45 cars in this group are now assigned to pools and are restricted to specific products. They primarily handle sugar, feed, brewer’s grits, and soybean meal.” Date: May, 1966.

Click here for a link to photos of the Tangent Scale Models B&O PS4000s. Get them while they are available!

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New Release: PS-2 4000 Covered Hoppers

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce a release of nine HO scale Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4000 covered hopper paint schemes!

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Pullman-Standard originally produced these round hatch covered hoppers in the 1962-1964 period, and they remained in service throughout the US, Canada, and Mexico until the early 2000s wearing both Class 1 and lease paint schemes. Our RTR replicas are available NOW in the following 9 ALL-NEW schemes:
– ATSF “Repaint with 1973 Restencil” features the large spelled out “Santa Fe” stencil lettering that is so common on ATSF covered hoppers of the 1970s. This car features an accurate 1973 stencil (check our website for prototype reference), and is available in 3 road numbers.
– BN “1990 Green Repaint” comes in the final iteration of the BN paint scheme which includes the small BN logo with lines above and below the reporting marks, applied to new and repaint cars alike. The PS4000s were no exception, with a few painted in this scheme after 1990. Mostly utilized in sand or bentonite service in the 1990s, these beautiful cars are available in 2 road numbers. Don’t miss out!
– B&O “Original Gray 1963” is offered in the original gray scheme from 1963 with the classic italicized “B&O” spelled out in black on the carbody. Check out the bay lettering on this car too! Our B&O models are available in 6 road numbers.
– CGW “CNW Zito 1990” in the late-CNW era zito yellow scheme featuring the striking red CNW ball and bar logo. This is a repaint of a former CGW car. CNW’s fleet of PS4000s were still very active well past the UP merger, however each was repainted a little differently. This is why we offer only one car number for this scheme – because we want to get it right. This zito yellow offering is the first of three CNW/UP era cars in this run.
– CNW “Clinton 1978 Repaint” is the second of three CNW/UP era cars in this run. This is a CNW Clinton IA shops repaint from August 1978, and features the CNW ball and bar logo in black and yellow. This car has a raised placard COTS panel, just like the road-specific prototype it represents. Like the zito offering above, this car is only available in one road number.
– CNW “Clinton 1981 Repaint” is a CNW Clinton IA shops repaint from February 1981, and features the CNW ball and bar logo in black and yellow. This car has two distinct yellow colors for stenciling, just like the real CNW car did. This CNW 1981 repaint is available in one road number. This is the third of three CNW/UP era cars in this run – collect all three and operate a mini-block in your manifest trains!
– MNS “Repaint of 1962 Built Car” is the first of two MNS cars we are offering in this production run. MNS ordered two groups of PS4000s in both 1962 and 1963. They were delivered in plain Pullman-leasing gray and were later partially repainted by MNS with a blue band and the distinctive MNS diamond-shaped logo. These distinctively-painted MNS cars lasted beyond MNS and into the SOO and CP eras. This is our 1962-built offering, car number 601. Below we list our 1963-built offering.
– MNS “Repaint of 1963 Built Car” is the second of two MNS cars we are offering in this production run, car number 602. Like our 1962-delivered offering discussed above, this car includes the partially repainted livery with a blue band and the distinctive MNS diamond-shaped logo. This distinctively-painted car lasted beyond MNS and into the SOO and CP eras.
– N&W “Hamburger 1970” with the classic “hamburger” logo and large “N&W” and “Norfolk and Western” on the car side. This eye-catching car is available in 2 road numbers.
– Undecorated RTR Primer Gray – ready for paint or simply decal our gray car!
– Unpainted Kit – build your own!

Want to see photos of these spectacular replicas? Click here for a link to the new models! And as always, we show prototype photos of each paint scheme on our website.

These products are shipping now. Features for these replicas include:
– Dimensional accuracy – designed from Pullman-Standard plans
– Tooled in the USA!
– Highly correct “true to life” colors – check out our CNW Clinton green and zito yellow!
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Painted, scale-sized wire grabirons and coupler lift bars for strength and durability
– Razor-sharp printing and paint separations
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
– “See through” etched metal running boards and brake platforms
– 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

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

NEW PRODUCT: General American 4180 Airslide Covered Hopper

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce our next all-new car, the HO Scale General American 4180 “Airslide” covered hopper. General American Transportation Corporation produced more than 5,000 of these 4180 cubic foot Airslide covered hoppers between 1963 and 1980 as a response to customer demand for larger covered hoppers capable of handling bulk commodities. These very common cars continued General American’s “Airslide” family innovations from the 1950s, and proved valuable to bulk shippers who wanted a larger car than the earlier-design 2600 cubic foot cars provided.

The Tangent Scale Models GA 4180 Airslide covered hopper is similar to previous Tangent releases with our consistent focus on phase variations that mirror prototype build changes over time. For this car, we have produced three very different variations of the carbody and associated details to replicate cars built between 1965 and 1980. While all 4180 airslides may look the same at first glance, they are not. See the listing of phase details below for more information, and look at our model photos to see them up close.

Finally, we have included the distinctive “see through” bolster arrangements above the trucks. Our 4180 Airslide hoppers include finely-detailed underframe pipe arrangements and are ready for any of the following services on your layout: flour, sugar, starch, fertilizer, feed, chemicals, plastics, carbon black, etc. Also, check out our correct “true-to-life” colors and “hyper-accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement. 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, but look significantly
better than train set alternatives.

Our first production includes the following 10 RTR paint schemes – plus undec RTR and kits.
– B&O “Original Gray 1968” is the classic B&O “Capitol Dome” scheme with the beautiful logo and black underframe. The B&O version of our car includes the correct 1968 details, including low brakewheel and 4 grab irons on the right and left side of the car. This is the first of three prototype B&O orders for airslides, and is available in 4 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 two 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 number 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 two 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 two completely different buffer car models since no two are the same!
– CNW “Original Gray 1976” is the classic original gray scheme from 1976, with the classic black and white “ball and bar” logo with excellent execution. We are proud to introduce this new car and the Chicago & North Western theme at Trainfest in Milwaukee, because Trainfest has CNW as the featured railroad for this year. Our model includes the correct darker gray color, with black underframe and distinctive “open and close” lettering in white on the underbody bays. Our model also includes correct variations for a 1970s production GATC 4180 airslide, including a low brakewheel, wide side posts, wide roof apex running board, etc. These beautiful cars are available in 4 road numbers. Don’t miss out!
– GM&O “Original Gray 1966” is offered in the original gray scheme from 1966 with the classic “Gulf, Mobile, and Ohio” spelled out on the carbody. Like many of the 4180 airslides, GM&O’s cars were in pooled service and were loaded at offline origin stations, one of which was stenciled on the sides of the car. Our first run includes prototypically-accurate return route stencils in highly visible red lettering for one of several loading points: GM&O New Orleans LA, UPRR Milliken CO, and MPRR Atchison KS. These are pooled cars, so collect all four! Our GM&O models are available in 4 road numbers and feature details appropriate for a 1966-built car.
– Milwaukee “Original Gray 1965” in the classic original gray paint with large “MILWAUKEE ROAD” spelled in black across the sides of the car, with beautifully-rendered detail lettering. We are proud to include Milwaukee Road, another favorite local to the Trainfest show in Milwaukee WI, in our first production of our new cars. Our Milwaukee replicas are offered in 4 road numbers and feature details appropriate for a 1965-built car.
– GACX “Clinton Corn Processing 1969” is the first of our four private operator schemes offered in this production, and it is one of the most common private operator scheme found on these cars. This car includes bold red lettering across the side of the car, and includes all of the typical General American details such as black underframes. This car includes appropriate details, including low mounted brake appliances. These cars featured ACI labels that were not painted on the car, but were raised. We have incorporated the raised placard detail on our models. This car is available with 3 road numbers.
– GACX “GATX 1993 Blue Repaint” is the second of our four private operator schemes offered in this production, and it is the most common private lessor scheme found on these cars starting in the 1990s. This car includes the GATX lease scheme of the flashy light blue carbody with dark blue band and carbody lettering. Yellow and mustard-toned lettering offsets the blue color, making this scheme a stunner for 1990s to present modelers. The prototype was originally built by GATC in 1973 and our model includes appropriate production details including low mounted brake appliances, wide side posts, and wide running boards. This car is available with 2 road numbers.
– NAHX “IGP Canada Original Gray 1973” is the third of our four private operator schemes offered at this time, and this scheme continues our series of highly-accurate Canadian private operator hopper models. These gray cars include a long and narrow yellow placard band declaring “Another Load of Wheat Protein from… Industrial Grain Products,” including the distinctive red logo with wheat stalk. Saying these are flashy is an understatement. Check out the beautiful, prominent lettering on this car! This stunner is available in 1 road number.
– SIRX Restencil “IGP Canada 1990” is the same lettering as the car above, but is meant to represent the repaint version of the car for post-1990 modelers, and includes faded gray body color to replicate the car after 20+ years of service. This car has paint-out restenciled SIRX reporting marks on the side and ends. It is available in 1 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

These products will be available for direct purchase at Trainfest in limited supply, and the remainder will begin shipping on December 15, 2015. 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
– 3 specific production variations that highlight production from 1965-1980, including different roofs, running boards (Apex or Morton), 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 – we do freight cars right.
– Lacy details – 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 period, done right with phase variations! 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 Release: ACF Gondolas from the Transition and 1960s era

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce that our ACF 52-6 welded 70-ton drop-end gondola is available now beautifully-decorated in 5 paint schemes! Our HO scale precision models cater to both steam and steam-diesel transition modelers with original delivery schemes from car builder ACF, and for 1960s-1980s modelers we offer repaints! The following beautiful scale replicas are available for sale today, and we will have these in stock at Trainfest in Milwaukee WI next week:

– Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) G31B, “original 1951 scheme” in stunning PRR Freight Car Red, with 6 all-new road numbers available for 2015! With more than 11,600 cars like it on the PRR roster, modelers from ANY railroad can justify at least one.

– Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) G31B, “Early Shadow Keystone 1957” scheme painted PRR Freight Car Red in 1957, with 6 all-new road numbers available for 2015!

– Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) G31B, “Plain Keystone 1962” scheme in PRR 1960s Freight Car Red, with 6 NEW road numbers available for 2015!

– Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western (DL&W) “original black 1951” with the “Road of Anthracite” logo. This stunning car has 3 all-new road numbers available for 2015!

– Wabash, “original black 1951” scheme with “WABASH” spelled out along the side of the car as the car was originally delivered from ACF in 1951. 3 all-new road numbers for 2015!

Additionally, we have a few ACF gondolas still in stock from our previous production:
– Erie Lackawanna “Rail Train” 1964+
– Penn Central “G31B” 1971+
– Southern Pacific (SP) “Original” G-70-8 1951+
– Southern Pacific (SP) “Original” G-70-12 1953+
– Southern Pacific (SP) “Gothic” 1966+
– Allagash “Spruce Green” 1970+

Want to see photos of our spectacular replicas? See http://www.tangentscalemodels.com/acf-70-ton-welded-drop-end-gondola/ for a link to the new models!

First produced in 1948 for Pennsylvania Railroad as class G31, PRR alone purchased 11,600 welded cars of this body style in the G31/G31A/G31B/G35, serving the “Standard Railroad of the World” in every corner of North America in many customer applications. If you model somewhere in North America, you can use a PRR model; PRR had more of these gons than some railroads had cars! Besides PRR, other railroads purchased these gondolas from ACF, and some former PRR cars were purchased second-hand by various railroads. Most of these gondolas were phased from revenue service during the 1990s.

The Tangent Scale Models prototype replica of the ACF-produced PRR G31B is a first of its kind in HO scale, making it a distinctive addition to any freight car fleet. And as typical of our products, we take the time to focus on execution of all the small details. We studied the prototype to accurately reproduce it with the following:

– Dimensional accuracy – designed from ACF plans
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Scale-sized side tie-downs
– See through tie down holes
– Stand-off ladders
– Wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– See-through brake platforms
– Full interior detail
– Road-specific handbrakes applied to match production specifications
– Separate air hoses
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers

Our new gondola is equipped with our Tangent Scale Models 70-ton ASF A-3 Ride-Control trucks with free-rolling ALL-METAL wheels. 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.

Pricing for our new RTR gondolas is $34.95 each, with quantity discounts for direct purchases from Tangent Scale Models. These cars are available for sale right now.

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

David Lehlbach

Pullman-Standard PS-3 Coal Hopper Parts Are Now Available!

For those of you who like to kitbash cars and collect parts for future projects, our Pullman-Standard PS-3 Coal Hopper parts are now available for sale!  We have bodies, part sprues, wire and etched parts, and wheels.  These parts are available in our “Parts” store, or by clicking here.  Stock up now while they are available!  And for you GM&O modelers, here is your chance to get a second body to perform the woodchip conversions!

David Lehlbach

The Clinchfield Lives!

While CSX may be giving up some of the real Clinchfield due to declining coal loadings (at least for now), we sure haven’t.  You can read more about CSX’s decision here.  In the meantime, the Clinchfield is far from dead.  A classic railroad not far from the Tangent home base in Asheville NC, we appreciate this fine railroad and honor it with unparalleled scale replicas.  Have you seen our Clinchfield PS-3 coal hoppers?  Go back in time with our kick-ass models. Relive the dream.

 

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Andy Sperandeo, A Legend In Our Hobby

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This past weekend, Model Railroader editor Neil Besougloff announced the untimely passing of Andy Sperandeo.  As a kid, I was an active reader of Model Railroader magazine, and Andy was at the helm of the magazine during my formative years.  Andy was a leader in the hobby, and with time his influence was felt in two areas of great interest to me personally: prototype operations and freight cars.  While Andy retired from MR officially a few years back, he still has been closing out recent issues of MR with an informational editorial page with new innovations.  Andy, we appreciate all you have done for our hobby.  You will always be remembered by the crew here at Tangent Scale Models.

Warm regards,

David Lehlbach