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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:

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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

New Products: PS-2CD 4750 Covered Hoppers

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 is pleased to announce our next release of industry-leading HO Scale PS-2CD 4750 covered hoppers. Click here to view images or order!

This is NOT a pre-order announcement. We now are selling our stunning PS4750 models in these eight roadnames (plus undecorated), listed here:

– Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) “Original GA-191” in the “Original 1975” red scheme. Check out our stunning large “Santa Fe” lettering with fine gothic detail lettering. These beautiful replicas come complete with matching red trucks, just like the prototype cars. Our ATSF replicas are back in stock again with 6 new road number choices!

– CN IC “Website” Roman (IC) “Website” in the distinctive oxide red scheme present on modern-day CN hoppers. These “Service With Safety” cars feature a very accurate rendition of the CN noodle and website stenciling, with proper 1979 details to reflect these former ICG details accurately. CN is available in 6 road numbers – mix and match with ICG cars to create an accurate CN block!

– Illinois Central Gulf (ICG) in the original 1974 orange and black scheme. These “Service With Safety” eye-catching orange and black cars are back again with six all-new road numbers.

– CRDX “Lincoln Grain 1974” (CRDX) is the first of three different Lincoln Grain hoppers in this release. This is the CRDX gray car with spelled out “Lincoln Grain Inc.” and no logo, available with one road number.

– CRDX “Lincoln Garin – Mispelled 1974” (CRDX) is the second of three different Lincoln Grain hoppers in this release. This is the CRDX gray car with no logo, and the stencil people misspelled “GRAIN” and instead stenciled “GARIN.” Our model is just like the real car. This CRDX gray car is available with one road number.

– CRDX “Lincoln Grain w/ Logo 1974” (CRDX) is the third of three different Lincoln Grain hoppers in this release. This is the CRDX gray car with spelled out “Lincoln Grain Inc.” and with the Lincoln Grain yellow, black, and white logo, available with two road numbers.

– PTLX “Cargill Yellow 1975” (PTLX) is available now in the classic yellow carbody with black ends and underframe scheme, including the classic large spelled out “CARGILL” along the car side, and distinctive “teardrop” on each end of the car. These cars are the ones you have been waiting for from Tangent, available with 6 road numbers!

– PTLX “Coast Trading Company 1974” (PTLX) was this summer’s Portland OR NMRA Convention car, and is a prototype model for a private elevator company based in Portland. This is the yellow and black lease car, complete with “CTC” placard and accurate large dark brown lettering. There is a lot going on with this car! It is available now with three road numbers. We have a very small quantity of these cars leftover for sale now and they will only be available directly from Tangent Scale Models.

– Undec RTR Primer Gray 1974-75 Truck Brakes (PTLX etc.) completely assembled and ready for lettering or paint, including “Morton” running boards and crossover platforms.

Click here to view images or order!

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: 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 today. 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 5 different brake systems, 3 different outlet gates, 2 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, 5 brakewheel housing and clevis options, and 2 brakewheel options.
– Lacy details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– 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!

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

David Lehlbach

NMRA Convention Car: Tangent PTLX Coast Trading Co. Portland PS4750!

Sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Model Railroad Club, Tangent Scale Models created the NMRA convention car for the Portland 2015 convention. Our industry-leading PS4750 model was painted in the bright “Coast Trading Company, Portland OR” yellow scheme. These cars strictly follow the prototype Coast Trading cars, which were first released in August 1974 and lasted well into the 2000s! These exquisite models are accurately lettered with brown stenciling on the side of the yellow and black carbody, with a 3 color placard added to the side of the car. Our PS4750s are equipped with etched metal running boards, CNC-machined wheels, and scale head Kadee couplers, just like all Tangent Scale Models offerings. Our state of the art, designed in USA product is available from the NMRA convention committee in 3 accurate road numbers. Also included are two decals that have the “Portland Daylight Express” NMRA convention logo on them. One of each of these decals can be applied to each side of the car to continue your collection of annual convention cars, if you want the Portland logo on your model.

These stunning models were sold directly by the 2015 NMRA convention committee. We re-acquired a few of them from the convention committee, and they will be available directly from Tangent Scale Models on September 29 by clicking here.

Here is what they look like…

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Thank you to the 2015 NMRA convention committee for selecting Tangent Scale Models for the HO scale 2015 NMRA Convention Car!

David Lehlbach

New Release: PRR Sam Rea Shops X58 Box Car Kits

OK, this one is for you kit builders and kitbashers. Our unparalleled PRR X58 Sam Rea Shops Box Cars are available in kit form for you to build from the ground up. Our kits are available in 6 build versions, based on a combination of underframe type, roof type, and ladder configurations. Prices are $35.95 for kits without roofwalk / running board, and $37.95 for kits with roofwalk / running board. As always, our mix and match discount applies when you order in bulk, and it can be combined with other products when ordered directly from us. Instructions can be downloaded from our site under “Downloads” (clever – aren’t we?). These kits are available today and in limited supply, so don’t delay!

David Lehlbach

14000 series kit

New Product: Tangent Pullman-Standard PS-3 2750 Coal Hopper

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our newest all-new HO scale product to our line, the Pullman-Standard PS-3 coal hopper! Tangent Scale Models and Moloco have worked together to bring this highly-accurate product to the HO scale market, and it is available today for purchase from Tangent. This is a Tangent Scale Models product.

During the 1950s, Pullman-Standard began to develop a “standardized” line of freight car product types that were marketed in “families”. Starting with the PS-1 boxcars and PS-2 covered hoppers, the PS-3 was rolled out with several offerings, the most prolific being this 70-ton, 3-outlet coal hopper with a cubic capacity of 2750 cubic feet. First purchased in 1957, Pullman-Standard not only had an effective marketing message with the “PS” series, but developed simultaneous production capability at both its Bessemer AL and Butler PA manufacturing plants, providing customers with a rapid response for coal hoppers that were produced at a rate of more than 13 cars per weekday during peak supply. Such rapid-production was made possible by new welding techniques that arose from the World War II period, although this was a relatively new innovation for open hoppers at the time.

Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available at www.tangentscalemodels.com and we are selling these at the National Train Show in Portland from August 28-30, 2015! Our first production of these coal hoppers includes these RTR schemes:

– Clinchfield (CRR) in the “Original FH8” scheme from 1958. These cars were a significant addition to the Clinchfield roster for its core coal business, and the models stand out with “Clinchfield” stenciling spelled across the side panels of the all black carbody, which accurately includes heap shields. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Great Northern (GN) in the sought-after “Original Vermillion” scheme from 1957. These stunning cars feature the bright vermillion red carbody, complete with large “Great Northern” stenciling applied across the car side, and the Rocky logo in the left side corner. These models include the distinctive “mineral red” trucks found on the prototype cars. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Louisville & Nashville (L&N) in the striking “Original Dixie Line” scheme from 1957. These cars feature the L&N brown mineral carbody with heap shields and with the “Dixie Line” lettering spelled out on the right side of the car. It is worth noting that this was the L&N standard coal hopper design, with a humongous fleet numbering 8,150 cars built between 1957 and 1961. While these cars were the backbone of L&N’s coal hauling operations, they were regularly seen offline in the South, Midwest, and Northeast. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Rock Island (RI) in the smart “Original Red 1957” scheme from 1957. These red cars feature “Rock Island” accurately spelled out across the ribs. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Utah Railway (UTAH) is available in the “Original Black” scheme with a black carbody, and large “Utah Railway” lettering spelled out across the car. These cars were commonly found throughout the west in odd-lot coal services, seeing service in such far away places as Puget Sound branchlines in Washington State. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Undecorated RTR cars are available painted primer gray, and are available in two flavors – with and without heap shields.
– Undecorated Kits are also available in two flavors – with and without heap shields.

The Tangent Scale Models PS-3 is a state of the art, dimensionally-accurate scale replica with highly accurate “true-to-life” colors and precise lettering stencils that match the intricacies of the prototype. Our PS-3 coal hopper was designed from genuine PS spec documents, and includes body variations with or without end heap shields, three different styles of door mechanisms, and several handbrake variations so that your car properly matches the variations found on the prototype. Also included is our fine “near-scale” draft gear box with side “key” detail. Our ready-to-operate replica is finished with coupler lift bars accompanying Kadee® scale couplers, CNC-machined wheels, and sufficient hidden weights to ensure the model operates as good as it looks, whether running as an empty or as a load (a gorgeous removable coal load is included). Tangent Scale Models continues to bring unparalleled scale replicas to the HO scale market with every new product, and we thank you for spending your hard-earned dollars with our family-owned company.

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-3 2750 coal hopper! Just like its prototype, this car will stand out extremely well on any layout situated from the 1950s to the 1980s!

Pricing for RTR models is $34.95. 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 the National Train Show in Portland
Tangent Scale Models – “Unparalleled scale replicas for discriminating railroad modelers”
www.tangentscalemodels.com
support@tangentscalemodels.com
Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our newest all-new HO scale product to our line, the Pullman-Standard PS-3 coal hopper! Tangent Scale Models and Moloco have worked together to bring this highly-accurate product to the HO scale market, and it is available today for purchase from Tangent. This is a Tangent Scale Models product.

During the 1950s, Pullman-Standard began to develop a “standardized” line of freight car product types that were marketed in “families”. Starting with the PS-1 boxcars and PS-2 covered hoppers, the PS-3 was rolled out with several offerings, the most prolific being this 70-ton, 3-outlet coal hopper with a cubic capacity of 2750 cubic feet. First purchased in 1957, Pullman-Standard not only had an effective marketing message with the “PS” series, but developed simultaneous production capability at both its Bessemer AL and Butler PA manufacturing plants, providing customers with a rapid response for coal hoppers that were produced at a rate of more than 13 cars per weekday during peak supply. Such rapid-production was made possible by new welding techniques that arose from the World War II period, although this was a relatively new innovation for open hoppers at the time.

Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available at www.tangentscalemodels.com and we are selling these at the National Train Show in Portland from August 28-30, 2015! Our first production of these coal hoppers includes these RTR schemes:

– Clinchfield (CRR) in the “Original FH8” scheme from 1958. These cars were a significant addition to the Clinchfield roster for its core coal business, and the models stand out with “Clinchfield” stenciling spelled across the side panels of the all black carbody, which accurately includes heap shields. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Great Northern (GN) in the sought-after “Original Vermillion” scheme from 1957. These stunning cars feature the bright vermillion red carbody, complete with large “Great Northern” stenciling applied across the car side, and the Rocky logo in the left side corner. These models include the distinctive “mineral red” trucks found on the prototype cars. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Louisville & Nashville (L&N) in the striking “Original Dixie Line” scheme from 1957. These cars feature the L&N brown mineral carbody with heap shields and with the “Dixie Line” lettering spelled out on the right side of the car. It is worth noting that this was the L&N standard coal hopper design, with a humongous fleet numbering 8,150 cars built between 1957 and 1961. While these cars were the backbone of L&N’s coal hauling operations, they were regularly seen offline in the South, Midwest, and Northeast. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Rock Island (RI) in the smart “Original Red 1957” scheme from 1957. These red cars feature “Rock Island” accurately spelled out across the ribs. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Utah Railway (UTAH) is available in the “Original Black” scheme with a black carbody, and large “Utah Railway” lettering spelled out across the car. These cars were commonly found throughout the west in odd-lot coal services, seeing service in such far away places as Puget Sound branchlines in Washington State. Our fine models are available in twelve road numbers, plus unnumbered models with decals available separately from Tangent to easily create a fleet of customized hoppers.
– Undecorated RTR cars are available painted primer gray, and are available in two flavors – with and without heap shields.
– Undecorated Kits are also available in two flavors – with and without heap shields.

The Tangent Scale Models PS-3 is a state of the art, dimensionally-accurate scale replica with highly accurate “true-to-life” colors and precise lettering stencils that match the intricacies of the prototype. Our PS-3 coal hopper was designed from genuine PS spec documents, and includes body variations with or without end heap shields, three different styles of door mechanisms, and several handbrake variations so that your car properly matches the variations found on the prototype. Also included is our fine “near-scale” draft gear box with side “key” detail. Our ready-to-operate replica is finished with coupler lift bars accompanying Kadee® scale couplers, CNC-machined wheels, and sufficient hidden weights to ensure the model operates as good as it looks, whether running as an empty or as a load (a gorgeous removable coal load is included). Tangent Scale Models continues to bring unparalleled scale replicas to the HO scale market with every new product, and we thank you for spending your hard-earned dollars with our family-owned company.

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-3 2750 coal hopper! Just like its prototype, this car will stand out extremely well on any layout situated from the 1950s to the 1980s!

Pricing for RTR models is $34.95. 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 the National Train Show in Portland!

New Release: Tangent GATC 6,000 Gal. 3-Comp. Tank Car

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce new production of our industry-leading General American 3-compartment 6,000 gallon tank car. General American produced the 6,000 gallon 3 compartment tank car on the “Type 30” riveted underframe from 1928 to 1942 at their Sharon PA factory. While General American constructed many different tank designs, one of the more common derivations was this 6,000 gallon car. The three compartment design allowed consignees to receive up to three different grades of products, such as oils or chemicals. This was important in manufacturing facilities for example, where multiple lubricating oil types could be received in smaller quantities, but within one car. Chemical shippers also gravitated to these cars to ship different products to a common receiver.

Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available NOW at www.tangentscalemodels.com and we are selling these at the National Train Show in Portland from August 28-30, 2015! Our second production of these tank cars includes these RTR schemes:

– STCX (Standard Tank Car Company) in the “black lease 1930+” scheme from May 1930. General American purchased Standard Tank Car Company when it went bankrupt in 1928, and General American retained the STCX reporting mark for lease fleet cars. Our STCX model is a general service lease car that is applicable across North America in the 1930s and early 1940s, and is available in three road numbers never before available for 2015.
– GATX (General American Transportation) in the sought-after “black lease 1941+” scheme. This GATX black lease scheme represents a general lease car in service beginning in 1941. It is available in three new road numbers for 2015.
– COSX (Mid-Continent Petroleum Company) in the striking “black lease 1929+” scheme with “Cosden & Company Petroleum Products, Tulsa, Okla” stenciled on the side of the car. This scheme represents a car that was in service beginning in 1929. This scheme is available in three road numbers.
– GATX (General American Transportation) in the striking “black lease 1948+” scheme with a March 1948 paint date on the side of the car. This GATX black lease scheme represents a car that was in service during the later years of the steam era, and is available in three road numbers.
– PDAX (Protex Industries, Inc.) is available with a black carbody, and the large “Protex Industries” plus its associated logo stenciled on the side of the car in red and white. Additionally, each of the 3 tank car domes has the Protex logo stenciled on them, just like the prototype. Check out the Tangent website for a photo of these cars, which feature a 1969 paint date and are available in two road numbers.
– WCHX (Walter C. Haffner Company) in the black carbody with yellow lettering scheme. Walter Haffner operated a modestly sized lease fleet of general service non-insulated tank cars that could be seen nationwide, serving many different customers. These particular cars were built in 1941 but have small stenciling indicating a 1961 tank test date, which is when the prototype cars were repainted, meaning this is a good general service lease car for 1961-1970s modelers. This very attractive car is available in three road numbers.
– Undecorated RTR Black cars are back in stock again, ready for decaling!
– Undecorated Kits have been restocked!

Features for these awesome replicas include:
– Fully riveted body
– Fully riveted underframe
– Separately applied tank handrail
– Separately applied tank strap detail
– Heater line and outlet drain details, including correct side profile between tank and underframe when viewing the car from the side
– Full “lacy” AB brake detail and air line
– Dimensionally-correct hazardous and route placards
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– Accurate lettering applied to the underframe and air reservoir
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with side detail
– Road-specific brakewheels for each scheme
– Other Lacy details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high-quality Tangent Scale Models ASF cast steel truck with spring plank
– Replacement semi-scale wheels available separately from Tangent
– Kadee “scale head” couplers and sufficient weighting so the model operates as good as it looks
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Don’t miss out on the Tangent Scale Models General American 6,000 Gallon tank car! Just like its prototype, this car is tiny in size and will stand out extremely well on any layout situated from the 1930s to the 1980s!

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 the National Train Show in Portland
Tangent Scale Models – “Unparalleled scale replicas for discriminating railroad modelers”
www.tangentscalemodels.com
support@tangentscalemodels.com

On the Road Again: National Train Show, Portland OR

We are now preparing for the big enchilada, the National Train Show. Every year this show changes location, with this year’s edition to be in Portland OR on August 28-30. Tangent will be in Booth 1022. We are across from Woodland Scenics, so after you pick up your lichen, hit the best car vendor in the room!

NTS Floor Map

We will be there introducing some new things…. that will also be for sale! You can learn more about the National Train Show by clicking here. William Clark said of Portland “the shores bold and rockey & hills covered with pine.” Come see Portland with fresh eyes like Lewis and Clark did. And see what fresh product Tangent will be showing.

David Lehlbach

New Release: HO GSC Flatcars

Celebrate summer with some unique flat car models! Available for purchase NOW!

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce the availability today of our General Steel Castings (GSC) 60’0” Flatcar in HO scale. A car of tremendous versatility, these cars served nationwide in service on many railroads starting in 1956, and thanks to the sturdy cast steel frame construction of these cars these cars served in a multitude of services including lumber, wallboard, poles, and heavy equipment services, to name a few. These flatcars were often photographed hauling “wrecked” cars, and many still operate today in various company service roles. GSC, located in Granite City IL, supplied either complete cars or cast steel flatcar bodies to various railroads. Railroads that elected to purchase only the bodies would then equip the cars with components preferred for projected service.

Our new flatcar is a unique addition to your freight car fleet. Our cars are weighted to run. Check them out now in these 8 very sharp RTR schemes:

– Burlington Northern (BN) “Cascade Green” in the repaint 1985 scheme with white stencils on a green carbody, with white delineators on the stake pockets, available in 6 road numbers.
– Great Northern (GN) “Original 1963” in beautiful glacier green paint, available in 3 road numbers. These cars were delivered to GN from GSC in GN’s classic glacier green scheme for service throughout the 1960s. You have to love the stenciling on this one!
– Illinois Central Gulf (ICG) in the repaint “1977 Orange” paint scheme – painted in McComb, Mississippi – with black stencils on an orange carbody, with white delineators on the stake pockets, available in 6 road numbers.
– Missouri Pacific (MP) “Eagle and Buzzsaw” 1981 repaint – with the screaming eagle beautifully rendered. This car is a stunner, don’t miss it! Available in six road numbers. MP was a large user of these flatcars and they wandered far and wide. Check out the photo of a real car on TSM’s site – taken in California!
– Missouri Pacific (MP) “UP MOW Green post-2005” in the UP 1980’s MOW paint scheme. Back by popular demand in four new road numbers, it includes many different black and white stencils, plus paint outs and post-2004 conspicuity stripes on a UP MOW green carbody.
– Missouri Pacific (MP) “UP MOW Green pre-2005” in the UP 1980’s MOW paint scheme. It includes many different black and white stencils, plus paint outs. It does not include conspicuity stripes. This version is available in 4 road numbers. Check this one out!
– Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) in the “Original F47” paint from 1965 with distinctive PRR lettering on a correctly-toned PRR freight car red carbody, available in 6 ALL-NEW road numbers. Back by popular demand!
– Union Pacific (UP) in the “Original 1966” paint scheme with black and red stencils, including the distinctive “CUSHIONED LOAD” spelled out on the armour yellow carbody, available in 6 road numbers.

We studied the prototype to accurately reproduce it with the following features:
– Dimensional accuracy – scaled exactly from General Steel Casting carbody plans
– Highly accurate “true to life” colors
– Exact stencils and lettering placement – compare our replicas to the prototype photos on our website!
– Detail variations: Decking assembly variations, appropriate for each paint scheme
– Detail variations: Oval or no-oval cutouts, appropriate for each paint scheme
– Detail variations: End of car cushioning devices or standard draft gear, appropriate for each paint scheme
– Detail variations: Roller or plain bearing truck variations, appropriate for each paint scheme
– Painted or “gray” decks appropriate for each paint scheme
– Wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Air hoses
– Weighted to NMRA specs for smooth operation
– Kadee® scale metal couplers
– Tangent free-rolling metal wheels
– Recommended age 14 years and older.

We have made many small enhancements to these cars since our first run in 2012. Pricing for our new RTR flatcars is $34.95 each, and we offer discounts for quantities of 6, 12, and 24 models. Feel free to “mix and match” your own multi-scheme order, and you can “mix and match” these flatcars with any combination of our other car offerings. Take time today to upgrade your freight car fleet.

Thank you for continuing to support Tangent Scale Models!

David Lehlbach

New Release: HO ACF 70-ton Gondolas

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce that our ACF 52-6 welded 70-ton drop-end gondola is available now beautifully-decorated in 7 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 later era modelers we offer repaints! These beautiful scale replicas are available for sale NOW directly from www.tangentscalemodels.com in the following seven RTR schemes:

– Erie Lackawanna (EL) “Gothic Marks” 1974+ in the repaint black scheme with white stenciling. These cars have the EL diamond with other EL-specific notations in the lettering, including the W circle designating a wood floor and the large Erie Lackawanna lettering across the car. These cars also include Tangent’s separate ACI label plate on the side of the car, just like the prototype cars did. These simple stunners are available in 4 road numbers.

– Erie Lackawanna “Rail Train” 1964+ in black paint for rail train service. The end doors are missing from these cars for rail loading – just like the prototypes – and the cars are labeled for rail service like the prototypes. These unique cars are available in 2 numbers, and we also offer unnumbered cars with a decal set available separately tailored for use with these cars so you can number the cars individually. Build yourself a unique and prototypical rail train with Tangent EL rail train cars!

– Penn Central “G31B” 1971+ in “PC green”, with 6 all-new road numbers that have never been available before.

– Southern Pacific (SP) “Original” G-70-8 1951+ in the original black paint scheme with white stenciling.   We are proud to re-offer these SP replicas with 4 all-new road number choices!

– Southern Pacific (SP) “Original” G-70-12 1953+ with a SP Freight Car Red carbody and white stenciling. These cars are available with 4 all-new road numbers.

– Southern Pacific (SP) “Gothic” with a 1966 repaint date, available with 3 all-new road numbers.

– Allagash “Spruce Green” with gold lettering and modern “A” saw-tooth logo. Allagash is a modern example of a high-quality proto-freelanced model railroad. The brainchild of modeler Mike Confalone, the Allagash is a regional carrier based in west-central and northern Maine in the mid-1980s. Mike’s layout has been featured prominently in Model Railroad Hobbyist Magazine and Model Railroad Planning. Tangent’s first car representing a proto-freelance railroad means that you can have Allagash run-through cars on your layout too. We know these cars may be outside of your specific interests, but we have had many requests for cars from well-known proto-freelance railroads, so we are happy to offer these attractive gondolas in two numbers, representing a group of former PRR cars that Allagash purchased on the second-hand car market in 1970.

Want to see photos of our spectacular replicas? Click here 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
– Interior detail
– Road-specific handbrakes applied to match production specifications
– Separate air hoses
– Improved design for better clearance of wheels underneath the car
– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers

Our new gondola is equipped with the well-executed 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

Summer Travel Plans: STL RPM Meet, August 7 and 8

Have plans for August 7 and 8? Come to Collinsville IL – just to the East of St. Louis – and hit the STL RPM meet. This is a great meet that Tangent attends each year. We will be there selling our products and we also give a presentation on a prototype model of some sort. This year, we will be giving a clinic on PRR X58 boxcars. And you never know what new thing we might have in store! You can learn more about the RPM meet by clicking here. We hope to see you there!

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New PS4750 Covered Hoppers Available Now!

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 is pleased to announce our next release of industry-leading HO Scale PS-2CD 4750 covered hoppers.

This is NOT a pre-order announcement.  We now are selling our stunning PS4750 models in these eight roadnames (plus undecorated), listed here:

Chicago & North Western (CNW) “Original 1974” in CNW dark green with yellow lettering.  Our models come with 2 shades of yellow lettering on the sides of the model just like the prototypes did.  This is a critical car type for all CNW (and UP) modelers.  We are proud to offer these new CNW replicas with 6 all-new road number choices!

Chicago & North Western (CNW) “1974 Fade to Blue” which is painted to represent the “Original 1974” series described above, but with a “faded blue” carbody and with retrofitted “smooth” hatches.  This carbody represents how the cars appeared from the 1990s to today after the paint oxidized and change color.  These cars still operate for various car lessors.  We are proud to offer these CNW replicas with 6 all-new road number choices!

Denver & Rio Grande Western (DRGW) “Original 12-74” in the striking “original orange” scheme with large DRGW logo.  A highly accurate model, these cars are stunners.  We are proud to offer these DRGW replicas in 6 road numbers.

– ICG “Original 1979” continues our tradition of gorgeous ICG models, this time in the ICG simplified paint that was found on more than one-third of the originally-painted ICG PS4750s.  These simple stunners are available in 4 road numbers.

– SCL Family Lines “Original 1980” in the “Original 1980” beige scheme.   Check out our stunning “Family Lines System” lettering with the “Georgia-Clinchfield-West Point Route” logo.  These are the sister cars to our L&N models released in 2013, and are great “family” cars for your pre-CSX and CSX modeling.  These beautiful replicas come complete with matching beige trucks, just like the prototype cars, and are available with 4 road number choices!

– CSXT ex-SCL “Family Lines” are offered as well.  These are the restenciled versions of the SCL cars found above, and are meant for 1980s to present CSXT-era modelers who want to accurately recreate the restenciled cars within the fleet – mix and match with the SCL cars above just like the prototype CSXT!  Available with 2 road number choices.

– FLIX “COOP – Far-Mar-Co” is our next all new originally-painted private-owner car, and is a stunner.  These cars really stood out starting in 1978 thanks to their two placards on the side of the car – one for Farmland Industries COOP and the other for Far-Mar-Co.  Available with 3 road number choices, these cars will be visually-distinctive in your grain blocks.

PTLX “White Lease 1975+” in the private lessor “plain” scheme with black underframe and ends, and white carbody.  These cars are from a statistically-significant large block of cars, which could have been found anywhere in North America.  We are proud to offer our replicas with 3 road number choices!

– Undec RTR Primer Gray 1974-75 Truck Brakes (PTLX etc.) completely assembled and ready for lettering or paint, including “Morton” running boards and crossover platforms.

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: 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 today.  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 5 different brake systems, 3 different outlet gates, 2 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, 5 brakewheel housing and clevis options, and 2 brakewheel options.

– Lacy details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars

– Separate air hoses

– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models 100-ton trucks

– Recommended age 14 years and older

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

David Lehlbach

Tangent Scale Models

X58s Shipping NOW!

OK, all of the drama is over with and we now have the second portion of our X58 shipment. For those of you who have ordered and have been patiently waiting, we really appreciate your business! We began shipping the cars less than an hour after their arrival and the first orders left our premises on 3/11. To be clear; we are shipping your cars now! Check your email (or your spambin!) for a shipping confirmation and shipping trace. We will be entirely caught up on Monday, March 16. If you have been on the fence, now is the time to make a decision!

Thank you as always for your business.

– David Lehlbach