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New Model: HO Scale Pullman-Standard 4427 High Side Released at Trainfest!

Live from Trainfest in Milwaukee, WI: Tangent Scale Models is pleased to announce the availability today of our next ALL-NEW car, the HO Scale Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4427 High Side Covered Hopper! No pre-orders are required – these cars are available right now! This is the next Pullman-Standard covered hopper product in our line of “family-appearance” cars that introduce market-leading design and tooling practices, geared toward consumers who desire the most accurate models with a “family-appearance” between prototypes manufactured by the same builder.

During the 1960s, railcar builders experimented with covered hopper designs to satisfy the evolving needs of shippers as they moved away from forty-foot box cars to bulk transport railcars. Pullman’s PS-2 design evolution continued in 1966 when the “Low Side” 4427 was replaced with the “High Side” version. The 4427 “High Side” was visually distinctive with its high slope bays and center of gravity, which sped the unloading process of bulk commodities. The “High Side” 4427 included 13 exterior side posts, similar to its sister car design, the PS-2 4740, which had 16 side posts. Both designs were introduced in 1966, and 4427 “High Side” production ended in 1971 after delivery of approximately 12,000 cars.

The Tangent Scale Models PS4427 “High Side” is a dimensionally-accurate replica of the real car and provides continuity with our other Pullman-Standard covered hoppers, including model design, scheme colors, and stenciling. Our model includes key build variations: stirrup steps, roof hatches, jacking pads, tow loops, discharge gates, and side air lines. This replica includes our “near-scale” draft gear box including side “key” detail. Our ready-to-operate replica is finished with coupler lift bars accompanying Kadee® scale couplers, sufficient hidden weights, and CNC-machined wheels to ensure the model operates as good as it looks.

Our November 2018 production of our Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4427 High Side Covered Hopper includes SEVEN all-new RTR paint schemes, most of which have never been produced by any manufacturer. Check them out now by clicking here!

And as usual, all our offerings below feature photos on our website showing the actual model and the prototype cars! Here are our schemes:

Missouri Pacific – C&EI “Original 6-71” in as-delivered light-gray with the distinctive Missouri Pacific buzzsaw and CEI reporting marks. Check out the hand-drawn MP style stencils for all that accurate data. Our 100-Ton trucks are painted light gray to match the carbody color, which was MP and MP-family practice for this car type. These High Side 4427s were part of an order for 125 cars, so we are offering them with 6 different road numbers. Don’t miss your chance to have a MP-subsidiary stenciled covered hopper!

Milwaukee Road “Original 1-68” in as-delivered yellow with the large, spelled out Milwaukee Road painted by Pullman-Standard in 1968. These cars predate the “America’s Resourceful Railroad” placarded cars, yet are very statistically-relevant with more than 500 cars on the roster. Additionally, our models are correctly painted in federal yellow, not gray nor orange! Another cool feature of our Milwaukee 4427 can be found with the outlet gates. This specific series of Milwaukee cars were delivered with gravity-pneumatic outlet gates – for use in grain or malt service – and Tangent is offering this new gate type with the introduction of this model! Our Milwaukee cars are available in your choice of 12 road numbers. Don’t miss out, these will go fast.

Rock Island “Original 5-69” wears original delivery paint for this 1969-built series, one of Rock Island’s six order lots for this prototype. Yes, the bold ROCK ISLAND scheme has been replicated to a Tangent-quality level. In addition to the big bold stenciling, the smaller details stand out: Rock-island style data, correct to the smallest 1” Pullman lot number, and Butler paint date. These cars are available in 12 accurate numbers. Rock Island had the second-largest fleet of this car type with 1,750 of these cars on the roster. More importantly, the 4427 high side was the largest covered hopper class on the railroad, and many of them went offline. Do you need some?

TP&W “Original Gray 1968” lets Tangent Scale Models finally show the Toledo, Peoria & Western fans some love. The distinctive TP&W stencil styles are duplicated down to the return-route lettering for Peoria, Illinois. Little details include tiny accurate bay lettering and Trust stencils for the Commercial National Bank of Peoria. Available in 3 accurate numbers, these are sure to sell out fast.

ATSF “TPW Restencil” 1985+ illustrates an example of the TP&W’s post-ATSF merger world. TP&W fans look away! The Santa Fe took the car series and merged it into their own fleet, and this car shows the patch job applied. Details to spot include GA-212 ATSF car class stencils, modern COTS and ghost TP&W lettering coming through the patches, just like the prototype car. Available in one specific and accurate number.

TLDX “Peavey Original 1967” shows a stunning example from the large Peavey Company fleet leased from the Pullman Transport Leasing Division. Light blue and white paint showcase huge placards for the Peavey classic red diamond logo. Pullman fleet black ends and underframe nicely compliment the other colors. This is how you paint a covered hopper in 1967! This hot scheme is available in 4 accurate numbers, and it has never been offered before! Check out our website for examples of these cars traveling on many railroads.

TLDX “Louis-Dreyfus 12-66” wears another beautiful light blue and black Pullman-lease fleet scheme. Louis-Dreyfus remains a large player in grain transportation and these cars were part of their fleet. A large bolted-on logo plate dominates the subtle but classy 1960s scheme. Check out the little stencil details for the Transport Leasing Lessor, Urethane Liner application, and correct Pullman Lot number! Another instant classic, this 1966 paint scheme is available in 3 accurate numbers.

The Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4427 High Side Covered Hoppers are shipping NOW. Click here for photos and more.

Features for our PS PS-2CD 4427 High Side Covered Hopper 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 where appropriate
– “See through” running boards
– Etched metal crossover platforms
– Road-specific details for each scheme: 6 different outlet gates (that’s right!), 2 different sets of roof hatches, 2 different running board end supports, jacking pad/toe loop options, 2 different crossover platform options, 2 different end ladder options, 2 different brake wheels, 2 different side air line options and 2 different center sill options. (Whew!)
– Beautiful details – wire ladder rungs, wire grab irons, and wire coupler lift bars – no “molded in” plastic grab irons here!
– Separate air hoses
– CNC-machined 36” wheels in high-quality Tangent Scale Models 100-ton trucks
– Recommended age 14 years and older

Do not miss out on the Tangent Scale Models Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4427 High Side Covered Hopper, a pivotal cog in the Pullman-Standard catalog of covered hoppers. 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