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Car in Context: Agland – Eaton CO PS4740 Covered Hopper

Here are two prototype views of TLDX 9036, an Agland Inc. PS4740 covered hopper. First, here it is with its very fatigued paint in 2002, photographed by Dan Holbrook. The second photo is the same car, photographed by the PS company photographer in 1967 before being delivered for revenue service....

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

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce that our HO scale Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4740 covered hopper is back and is available NOW in ELEVEN RTR paint schemes, plus undecorated kits. This production focuses on prototype cars manufactured in the 1967-1969 period. Pullman-Standard originally produced these game-changing covered hoppers between 1966...

New Release: GATC 4180 Airslide Covered Hoppers

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce more new paint schemes for our HO Scale General American 4180 “Airslide” covered hopper. First released by Tangent in 2015, our GATC 4180 Airslide covered hopper continues our long-standing focus on beautiful detailing, consistent colors and stenciling, and excellent operating abilities. When you...

Our Next Show Date: St.Louis RPM

For those of you that want a great road trip, think about attending the St.Louis RPM on August 12/13, 2016. Held in Collinsville IL, this great meet is all about the fellowship of building railroad models, including talking about models, attending clinics about prototypes and their models, participating in weathering...

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

Many household appliance brands rode the rails: Admiral, Whirlpool, or Roper, to name a few. Nicknamed “baby hi-cubes” by shippers, railfans, and rail employees alike, the PS-1 40’ “Mini-Hy Cube” boxcars were early examples of purpose-built boxcars, built by Pullman-Standard in Bessemer, AL. At 4900 cubic foot capacity, most of...

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

Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce new paint schemes for our HO Scale General American 4180 “Airslide” covered hopper. First released by Tangent in 2015, our GATC 4180 Airslide covered hopper continues our long-standing focus on beautiful detailing, consistent colors and stenciling, and excellent operating abilities. When you factor...

NMRA National Convention 2016: Tangent Convention Car

The NMRA National Convention 2016 "Convention Car" will be a Tangent Scale Models PS4000 covered hopper decorated for Monon. This group of prototype cars was delivered to Monon in October 1963 for soybean and corn service. The Tangent model accurately depicts these distinctive prototypes that were so commonly found across...

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

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! 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Andy Sperandeo, A Legend In Our Hobby

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...