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New Model: General American 1948-Design 8000 Gallon Welded General Service Tank Car

Tangent Scale Models is proud to introduce our latest all-new HO scale freight car replica: The General American 1948-Design 8000 Gallon Welded General Service Tank Car! This all new model is the seventh (yes 7th) all-new General American tank car product in our ever-expanding tank car line. Our model exhibits market-leading design and tooling practices, geared toward consumers who desire the most accurate models with a “family-appearance” between prototype railcars manufactured by the same builder.

Following World War II, General American Transportation Company transitioned away from riveted construction techniques for tank cars produced at the company’s Sharon PA plant. In 1948 GATC first released “all-welded” tank and underframe designs of their general service, non-insulated tank cars. In many ways these cars looked similar to their pre-war predecessors, except that they were missing the many circumferential rivets that defined that production era. These tank cars remained in service into the 1980s, even without safety platforms, and were utilized for a variety of services including corn syrup, caustic soda (sodium hydroxide), fatty acid, molasses, sodium chlorate, vinegar, fuel oil and other petroleum products, etc. These were very common tank cars, not oddballs!

The Tangent Scale Models General American 1948-Design 8,000 gallon welded general service tank car is a stunning model that includes distinctive details matched to each paint scheme, such as inlet and safety valve details on the tank dome, outlet pipes underneath the car, and heater pipe details. Also, note 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, NMRA-conforming weight, and Kadee® scale couplers, meaning our models are truly ready to run.

Our June 2019 production of GATC 1948-Design 8,000 Gallon Welded General Service Tank Cars includes TWO RTR paint schemes, plus a fully assembled RTR painted undecorated car, and kits! Check them out now by clicking here.

As usual, all of our offerings below feature photos on our website showing the actual production models and the prototype cars! Here are our schemes:

GATX Hooker “Wilmington CA 1953+” leads off in the classic Hooker bright orange and black paint scheme with the black and white Hooker logo. Check out this model’s stunning graphics, black ladders, walkway frame, and walkway handrails which contrast against the orange carbody. Lettered for Caustic Soda use from their production plant in Wilmington CA, this sharp car is available in 4 numbers.

GATX Black Lease “Original 1948+” answers the call for the “plain black” GATX paint lease option for shippers (and model railroaders). Understated, accurate, and ready to be put into use on your layout. This scheme is available in 4 numbers.

Undecorated RTR 1948+ provides a fully assembled car for those who want to exercise their modeling skills and finish their own. This car is painted black, and ready for decals. We are modelers at Tangent Scale Models – we get it. Sometimes you just want to build a unique car for yourself. Don’t miss out!
Undecorated Kit 1948+ provides a full kit for our all-new tank car, including the beautiful Tangent ASF cast steel truck with spring plank, separate brake beam, and CNC-machined 33” wheels. This offering is for those of you who still relish the kit building process and “roll your own” aspects derived from building a kit from the ground up.

The Tangent Scale Models General American 1948-Design 8,000 Gallon Welded General Service Tank Cars are shipping NOW. Click here for photos and more.

Features for our GATC 1948-Design 8,000 Gallon Welded General Service Tank Car replicas include:

– Dimensional accuracy
– Highly correct “true to life” colors
– “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
– “See-through” running board wraps around the underframe
– “See-through” dome platform with exquisite handrail detail
– Multiple dome cap / top appliance variations
– Multiple bottom outlet variations
– Dimensionally-correct hazardous placards with accurate hole detail
– Separately applied tank handrail
– Separately applied tank strap detail
– Durable wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
– Separate air hoses
– “Near-scale” draft gear box with side detail
– Genuine Kadee® “scale-head” couplers
– CNC-machined 33” wheels in high-quality Tangent Scale Models ASF cast steel truck with spring plank and with separate brake beams
– NMRA-conforming weight
– Replacement semi-scale wheels available separately from Tangent
– Multiple road numbers for each scheme – these cars often traveled in “groups” of more than one
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Do not miss out on the Tangent Scale Models GATC 1948-Design Gallon Welded General Service Tank Cars. Pricing for these RTR models is $44.95.

Thank you for continuing to support Tangent Scale Models, a family-owned and operated company!

David Lehlbach
Tangent Scale Models