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Common PRR/PC/CR/NS X58 Questions

We wanted to thank the Amherst Railway Society for letting us attend the show this past weekend in Springfield MA! We had a great time there; this was our first visit since 2009. Since we know lots of people could NOT attend that show, I thought we might share the most frequently asked questions about our new X58 box cars. These questions came to us from customers on the floor of the Amherst Society Train Show, and since then over private emails to Tangent Scale Models. Here they are, with answers:

1. Why are the new X58 models not shipping until February 25?
We air shipped a small volume of cars to ourselves to make them available to customers at Springfield MA on January 24-25 during our new product unveiling. The remainder of the cars are currently sitting on a ship parked outside of the Port of LA. The reason? There is a traffic jam of ships that are queuing, waiting for berth time. There has been a recent spat of congestion there, and now there is a bit of a labor dispute. These factors have slowed things down, unfortunately. We will update this blog when we know more so you can stay attuned to the situation, but at this time, it looks like the models will be traveling at a speed far lower than a walking pace before we can begin to distribute them to you (0.17MPH, by our calculations).

2. Your Conrail model has a high brakewheel but your PC cars have low brake appliances. Is that correct?
Yes, that is correct. The Conrail repaints from the 1987 era, which our cars represent, bear this out. Based on photos, it seems CR Holidaysburg took PRR original paint cars in 1987 and removed the running boards from the roof, but did not move the brake appliances. This means that the B end ladders are high, however, the A end ladders have been lowered.

3. How long did the Conrail cars serve with high brake appliances?
Based upon photos, they lasted beyond the Conrail era. In fact, the NS-painted cars from 1999 and beyond INCLUDE high brake appliances. In other words, high brake appliances were typical well beyond 1967. And well into the era that we consider “modern.” You can use them behind your dash-9s!

4. If I model PC, do I need PRR painted cars?
Absolutely. According to the July 1976 ORER, there were approximately 1200 PC numbered cars in service, representing less than 50% of the entire PRR fleet (of 2,565 cars).

5. If I model PC, can I use PRR cars with running boards (roofwalks) after 1967?
Absolutely. While some were shopped and had their running boards removed, there are photos of cars taken into the 1980s with running boards. Witness this untouched PRR example from 1981, showing in revenue service (i.e. not in an Enola deadline).

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6. Will you offer the X58 in other paint schemes?
It depends on how well this first run sells. These are all very common schemes and modelers from all relevant eras 1964-2006 could use one! Remember, PRR produced 2,565 of these for their fleet. That is a very statistically-relevant, large fleet of nationwide roaming cars.

NEW MODEL: PRR Sam Rea Shops X58 Box Car

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our next ALL-NEW freight car replica, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) X58 Class Box Car.

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, however 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 typically shopped during the Conrail era 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 23, 2015. We showed and sold these in limited quantity at the Amherst Railway Society’s “Railroad Hobby Show” in Springfield MA on January 24-25, 2015. Our first stunning release includes the following four RTR paint schemes:

– PRR “Original 1965 X58” Insulated w/ DFB in the attractive “PRR freight car red” scheme wearing yellow “Insulated,” “DFB,” and “Cushioned Car” stencils. 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 first run of PRR painted cars has a keystone underframe and represents production from 11-65. These classics are available in six road numbers.

– PC “1973 X58 Repaint” in distinctive PC green with large worms. Our first PC variant is one of the most common PC repaints, shopped in 1973. 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. Only with Tangent Scale Models do you get this sort of era-specific attention to detail with your boxcar modeling. Additionally, each car has tiny one inch lettering that identifies the former PRR car number each car represents. Our PC replicas are available with 6 road numbers.

– CR “1987 X58B Repaint” in the striking, 1987-correct Conrail repaint scheme. These cars feature a medium-sized “can opener” herald accurately rendered, and represent a former series of PRR cars with keystone underframes. Typical of Conrail shopped cars at the time, the roofwalk has been removed, however the brake appliances were left where PRR originally applied them: up high, with high ladders only at the B-end of the car. The A-end ladders have been lowered in accordance with Conrail shop practices. Additionally, our cars include the third door arm located in the top center of the plug door, ala prototype application. Our gorgeous Conrail scheme is available in three road numbers.

– NS “1999 X58 Repaint Class BP8” in the NS full brown repaint scheme. This series represents cars that survived beyond the Conrail split, where NS repainted some of their cars with full NS graphics starting in 1999. Like the Conrail car above, the car has high brake appliances but lowered ladders at the A-end of the car due to the lack of running board on the roof. See the photos at the Tangent website for more details. These cars lasted in service into the 2000s, and these sharp models are available in three road numbers for the modern modeler!

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 hydra-cushion underframes.
– Painted RTR “PC Green” cars are immediately ready for decaling! This PC variant includes a keystone underframe, and lowered brake appliances and ladders in accordance with typical PC shop practices.
– Painted RTR “Conrail Red” are available as well, ready for a decal project.

A limited supply of undecorated/unpainted kits will be offered in March 2015.

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, and side/end ladder variations correct for 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
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme
– 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

GA 8,000 Gallon Acid Tank Car Instructions Are Posted!

Tangent Scale Models has just uploaded instructions to build our GA 8,000 Gallon Acid Tank Car kit. Many customers have purchased these cars since release in November, and our completed instructions are available from the “Downloads” tab above. One reason our instructions take a little extra time is because they not only include written descriptions for each step, but photos as well. Additionally, our instructions cover any phase details for the cars; in the case of these General American 8,000 gallon acid tank cars, the production detail that General American changed is the jacking pad within the side of the bolster. Naturally, this detail is part of our kit design, and is described in more detail in the instructions.

Thank you for your continued interest in Tangent Scale Models!

Another new car in 2014: General American HO Scale Welded Acid Tank Car!

On November 7, Tangent Scale Models proudly released our tenth ALL-NEW freight car replica, the 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. While General American’s factory in Sharon PA manufactured at least three different post-war versions of 8,000 gallon acid all-welded tank cars, these specific prototypes were produced between 1949 and 1960. Like all Tangent Scale Models offerings, these tank cars had long service lives, lasting well into the 1980s 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 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 we began selling these at Trainfest in Milwaukee on November 8-9. Whether wearing “plain” GATX lease colors or the colors of a lessee, these replicas will certainly be eye-catchers on your layout! Our first stunning release includes four paint schemes:

– GATX “Black Lease 1952+” in the plain “black lease 1952+” scheme. This GATX black lease scheme represents a general lease car in service beginning in 1952 and is broadly applicable across North America. It is available in four road numbers.
– GATX “Stauffer Chemical Company” in the distinctive gray and black scheme with a 1953 paint date and 1949 build date, complete with the Stauffer diamond logo and Victor Chemical Division lettering, just like the prototype car. These stunning cars are available in four road numbers.
– GATX “The D O W Chemical Company” in the black scheme with striking yellow graphics including “Freeport Texas” lettering. These nationwide service cars include a 1953 paint date on the side of the car. This GATX lease scheme is available in four road numbers.
– GATX “White Lease 1971+” in the striking “white lease 1971+” scheme which includes a large black stripe in the middle of the car. These cars were repainted in 1971, which of course is modeled after an exact prototype photo. These cars lasted in service into the 1990s, and are available in four road numbers.
– 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 NEW 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!

David Lehlbach

…A new car! The General American Dry-Flo Covered Hopper in HO

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce our next all-new car, the HO Scale General American Dry-Flo covered hopper.  This is the first time this model has been produced in HO Scale.

 

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

 

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

 

At more than 100 parts per car, we provide you with an unusual looking yet common, high-value model that will provide you with years of enjoyment. We debut our stunning General American Dry-Flo models in eight roadnames plus undecorated versions, listed here:

 

BN “Cascade Green” with the classic large BN herald and large spelled out Burlington Northern. With a paint date of 1-72, these classic cars come in four roadnumbers and continue the “family appearance” of our fine BN products.

Conrail “H41” is a former PRR class of cars that feature the stencilized “CONRAIL” and can opener, as well as the now-classic Conrail font for reporting marks and road numbers. A sharp gray car, these replicas are available in two road numbers and will stand out on any layout.

Illinois Central “Original Gray” in the classic original gray scheme from 1960. These cars come with the accurate black underframe coloring with distinctive open and close lettering in white on the six underbody bays. These sharp cars are available in 4 road numbers and are essential for IC and ICG modelers lasting well into the 1980s.

Northern Pacific “Original Gray” in the classic original gray scheme from 1960. Like some General American painted cars, these cars include the correct black underframe coloring with distinctive open and close lettering in white on the six underbody bays. These cars are available in 3 road numbers and are essential to NP and BN modelers, as well as interchange roads, and lasted well into the 1980s.

PRR “Original Gray” in the classic gray paint with large “PENNSYLVANIA” spelled in black across the side of the car, with a beautifully-rendered shadow keystone on the right side of the car. Our PRR replicas are offered in four road numbers.

Union Pacific “Albina Silver 1979” is offered in the classic all silver paint with highly visible red lettering. This car screams UP 1980s pride. We know how to do UP right, and this car includes silver-painted trucks and is available in 4 road numbers.

GACX “Diamond Sugar – Montreal” is the first of our two private operator schemes offered at this time, continuing our series of highly-accurate Canadian models. These gray private operator cars include a large blue and white band, and a distinctive red diamond logo. Saying these are flashy is an understatement. Check out the beautiful, prominent lettering on this car! It is available in 2 road numbers.

GACX “D O W – Freeport TX” is the second of our two private operator schemes offered. This car includes the distinctive diamond shaped logo that stands out in white and black on this gray car. This car is quintessential 1960s in its appearance, and is a very sharp model, so don’t miss it! This scheme is available in 2 road numbers.

Undecorated RTR Primer Gray

Unpainted Kit

 

These products will begin shipping today. Features for these replicas include:

– Dimensional accuracy – designed from General American plans and verified with field measurements

– Highly correct “true to life” colors

– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement

– Genuine Kadee® scale couplers

– “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail

– Multiple road numbers for each scheme

– “See through” etched metal running boards

– Road-specific details for each scheme, including 2 different truck options, 2 different shaker brackets, 3 different brakewheels, and 3 different handbrake housings

– Lacy details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars

– Separate air hoses

– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks, with semi-scale wheels available separately

– Recommended age 14 years and older

 

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

 

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

 

David Lehlbach

Ready To Hit The Road…

To paraphrase a famous trio from the 1960s, ‘our bags are packed, we’re ready to go’….

Tangent Scale Models is ready to hit the road.  Soon we will head to Cleveland OH to offer our products to the public – in person – at the National Train Show!  The show runs this Friday to Sunday!  Come visit Cleveland and experience the excitement of a National Train Show!  It is a hoot!  You can learn more here:  http://www.nationaltrainshow.org/2014/cleveland.html

Tangent Scale Models will be offering a few surprises from the show, so stay tuned to our website or other news sources if you cannot make it!

Best Regards,

David Lehlbach

New 3-Compartment Tank Cars In Stock!

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our second 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.

This is NOT a pre-order announcement. Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available NOW and we will be selling these at the National Train Show in Cleveland in three weeks! Our second production of these tank cars includes RTR schemes good for modelers between 1929 and the 1980s. These schemes include:

– 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 NEW road numbers for 2014.

– MPCX (Magnolia Petroleum Company) in the bright “original black and silver 1935” scheme. Magnolia purchased a series of these cars from General American’s Sharon PA plant in 1935. These eye-catching cars are available in three road numbers.

– 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 road numbers.

GATX (General American Transportation) in the striking “black lease 1958+” scheme with a 2-58 paint date on the side of the car. This GATX black lease scheme represents a car that was in service between 1958 and 1968, and is available in three NEW road numbers for 2014.

GATX (General American Transportation) in the striking “black lease 1968+” scheme with a 8-68 paint date on the side of the car, which is right off of a prototype photo of a car taken in 1974! Yes, these cars really lasted in service that long, complete with ACI labels! This GATX black lease scheme represents a car that was in service after 1968, and is available in three NEW road numbers for 2014.

– HHCX (Champlin Refining Company, Enid OK) in the striking white scheme painted in 1952 with Enid OK proudly painted on the tank body. These cars were repainted into a very attractive black and white paint scheme, with sharp dark blue and black lettering and a distinctive red and white logo. This very attractive car is available in three road numbers.

GATX (“Celanese Chemicals”) lease scheme, painted by Sharon PA GATC in 1952. These sharp green cars with red and white graphics were assigned to chemical service for Celanese, and the Tangent Scale Models green replica is available in three NEW road numbers for 2014.

– D & H “Company Service” (Delaware and Hudson) in the former GATX black scheme. This car was restenciled in 1972 for Delaware & Hudson MOW service. The prototype car has been documented both in trains and in locomotive servicing facilities. This car is available in one road-number to match the prototype car. See our website for prototype reference photos. We are proud to offer our first D&H model!

Undecorated RTR Black cars are 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

– “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

– Multiple road numbers for each scheme

– 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 on each page for the cars; these pages also include 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 PS4750 Covered Hoppers in “Big” Roadnames

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce our next release of HO Scale Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4750 covered hoppers.  Think of this Tangent Scale Models PS-2CD 4750 (“PS4750″) model as the EMD SD40-2 of covered hoppers. Similar to the SD40-2, Pullman-Standard (“PS”) began production of the 4750 covered hopper in 1972 and was the most popular seller within its peer group with more than 56,000 cars produced (not including thousands of clones from other builders and railroads). The 4750 followed upon the successful “high hip” design of one of Pullman’s earlier designs, the 4740 covered hopper, also offered by Tangent Scale Models. When Pullman ceased production of 4750s in 1981, the amassed fleet was the largest covered hopper fleet of any of builder, and was one of the most prolific productions of a singular design during any era.  Like EMD SD40-2s, it is very difficult to find a railroad that did not have PS4750s!

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.

This is NOT a pre-order announcement.  Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available now by clicking here!  We debut our stunning PS4750 models in seven roadnames plus undecorated kit, listed here:

Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe (ATSF) “GA-191 1975” 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 available now with 12 road number choices!

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 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.  This carbody represents how the cars appeared from the 1990s to today.  We are proud to offer these CNW replicas with 3 road number choices!

Denver & Rio Grande Western (DRGW) 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.

Soo Line (SOO) with white carbody, and the eye-catching yellow wheat stalk and dark green Soo Line lettering painted on the flanks of the car.  These beautiful replicas are available with 12 road number choices, and are a must for Soo modelers!

– CRDX “Manitoba” privately-owned car in “original” gray with the “Manitoba” placard on the side of the car.  These cars were in service for the province of Manitoba and served widely.  We are proud to offer these replicas with 3 road number choices!  Also, we WILL offer the “Manitoba” placard separately so you can add it to other covered hoppers, just like the prototypes!  Stay tuned for details!

– PTLX “Percival Grain – Percival, IA” private elevator car “original” scheme with our very sharp blue and black carbody with billboard white lettering along the sides of the car.  We are proud to offer these replicas with 3 road number choices!

Undecorated Kit, 1974-1975 version

FWD “BN Green”: Also, check out the Amarillo Railroad Museum website!  They are selling the Tangent Scale Models FW&D BN painted 4750.   You can see it by clicking here!

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!  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

 

One Way To Get Through the Winter

Is the Winter weather getting you down?  Today we were thinking of one way to overcome the weather.  Do you have summer plans yet?  How about Cleveland this July?  Lake Erie.  Rock and roll Hall of Fame.  The Christmas Story House.  The USS Cod.  Playhouse Square and the Museum of Art.  But perhaps most importantly, Cleveland is home to this year’s roving NMRA Convention and National Train Show.  You can learn more about it by clicking here.  Tangent Scale Models will be there, and as always, we will have something new to show.  Nothing more to say about that though…. until then!

So, consider coming to the National Train Show – July 18-20.  It is a great treat, and within a day’s driving distance for many modelers.  See you there!  And next year?  Portland, Oregon!

And by the way, NS has painted a newly refurbished SD40-2 to promote the National Train Show.  You can learn more about that here…

Tank cars are selling out, but we have plans for more!

Thank you to all of you out there who have supported Tangent Scale Models in the past and with our newest product, the General American 6,000 gallon 3-compartment tank car. I wanted to update you on the availability of our first tank car models.

Tangent Scale Models is now in the process of selling out the tank cars from our first production run, however not all cars are sold out yet.

These cars were released in mid-October. We elected to be conservative with our build quantities for this first production run in order to best understand the demands for these cars. We have finalized plans for a new build of cars. This build will offer these same schemes, albeit with new road numbers, as well as a few new schemes. Please understand that we do not announce new products until they are available, so we ask you to wait until the earlier part of 2014 for an announcement.

In the meantime, we ask for your patience as we try to meet the demands of you, our consumers. We want nothing more than to be able to place product under your Christmas tree, on your shelf, or on your layout. Please browse our store, since as many of you know, we offer 7 other product types besides the tank cars! Our other products span prototype freight car production eras from 1937 to 1981.

Thank you for your continued support, and I wish you a happy holiday season to you all!

David Lehlbach

New Product Announcement: General American 6,000 Gallon, 3 Compartment Tank Car

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our eighth all-new HO Scale model, the 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 the Sharon PA production facility. 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. Because many of these products were purchased by consignees in various grades, multi-compartment cars were necessary.

This is NOT a pre-order announcement. Our NEW Ready to Run replicas are available NOW at www.tangentscalemodels.com . Our first production of these tank cars includes RTR schemes good for modelers starting in 1929 through the 1970s and 1980s. These schemes include:

– STCX (Standard Tank Car Company) in the striking “black lease 1930+” scheme from May 1930. When General American purchased Standard Tank Car Company when it went bankrupt in 1928, General American retained the STCX reporting mark for lease fleet cars originating at the Sharon PA factory, where this car was built. Our STCX model is a general service lease car that is applicable across North America, and is available in three road numbers.

– GATX (General American Transportation) in the bold “Celanese Chemicals” lease scheme, painted by Sharon PA GATC in 1952. These sharp green cars with red and white graphics were assigned to chemical service for Celanese, and the Tangent Scale Models green replica is available in three road numbers.

– GATX (General American Transportation) in the striking “black lease 1958+” scheme with a 2-58 paint date on the side of the car. This GATX black lease scheme represents a car that was in service between 1958 and 1968, and is available in three road numbers.

– GATX (General American Transportation) in the striking “black lease 1968+” scheme with a 8-68 paint date on the side of the car, which is right off of a prototype photo of a car taken in 1974! Yes, these cars really lasted in service that long, complete with ACI labels! This GATX black lease scheme represents a car that was in service after 1968, and is available in three road numbers.

We also offer undecorated kits and undecorated RTR models.

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

– “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 and ALL-NEW Tangent Scale Models ASF cast steel truck with spring plank

– Replacement semi-scale wheels available separately

– Multiple road numbers for each scheme

– 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 standout extremely well on any layout situated from the 1930s to the 1980s!

David Lehlbach – live from Naperville / Lisle IL, USA

Welcome to the NEW Tangent Scale Models Website!

After operating with our original website since 2007, Tangent Scale Models thought it was time for a fresh website look. We hope you like the new site! We have several great enhancements to roll out that we hope you will appreciate:

  • Discounts for multiple car purchases will calculate at checkout
  • An easier way to view high res images of our products
  • Go ahead, compare us against the real thing! Prototype images of all of our RTR cars are now mixed in with the model photos
  • In the future, we will enhance our parts section

Thank you for looking. And don’t forget that we are one of the few family-owned businesses in the RTR freight car business. We appreciate your support!