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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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...