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February 2021 Release: Pullman-Standard 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 continues the evolution of our “phased approach” PS4750 models, not “one-size fits all” models. This release reintroduces our body variations from 1973-1975 production, which include open hole side posts and other production trends and car details, including brake systems.

Additionally, our new run of PS4750 models feature our new 100-ton Barber S-2 truck, complete with “rotating” roller bearing caps, plus separate brake beam parts.

Our February 2021 production includes nine total private and railroad schemes, including the return of two fan-favorite railroad scheme:

– ATSF “GA-191 Delivery 4-1975” offers the “Original 1975” red scheme with a new build month and build lot for Tangent. 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. These cars represent a different build month than our previously-released GA-191 cars. These ATSF replicas are back in stock with 12 new road number choices!

– MNS “Delivery 1974” illustrates the classy dark blue scheme with red diamond logo and large “MNS” lettering on the side of the car. The red diamond logo bearing the words “Minneapolis Northfield and Southern Railway” has a white, diamond shape border around it just like the real placard had! The model also has the reporting mark and number on the coupler box on the right side, matching the prototype car. While MN&S had two orders of PS4750s, we are now offering replicas from the 1974 and largest delivery group in your choice of 6 road numbers.

– PTLX “Far-Mar” Delivery 1974 replicates a substantial order of 300 cars leased to Far-Mar Co., an association of several regional grain cooperatives. These memorable orange and black scheme features a “FAR-MAR” placard centered on the car side, along with extensive stenciling –from the accurate PS stencil lettering all the way down to the Pullman patent numbers on the sill. All of the accurate details are present, including Morton running boards, Early Miner outlet gates, Truck mounted brakes, and that classic yellow-painted brake wheel. These cars went everywhere! We are offering them today ready-to-operate in 6 numbers.

– KCS ex-PTLX “Far-Mar” 1992+ takes our Far-Mar scheme to another level! This is for 1992+ modelers when KCS acquired a portion of the PTLX lease fleet and restenciled the car with KCS reporting marks. These cars have the replacement fiberglass roof hatches as an interesting detail. We offer this car with one road number as a great option for your KCS grain hopper cuts!

– KYLE ex-PTLX “Far-Mar” 2008+ brings our Far-Mar scheme to the modern era! This version is tailored for 2008+ modelers when KYLE acquired a portfolio of used covered hoppers and restenciled them with KYLE reporting marks. Our sample car was photographed at the ConAgra transload elevator at Alton IL so these cars certainly traveled! Know your grain moves! We offer this car with one road number as a great option for your KYLE grain hopper cuts originating from Kansas and Colorado!

– PTLX “Michigan Elevator Exchange” Delivery 1973 shows off another classic scheme applied to a Pullman-built 4750. Back by popular request, we are pleased to offer a different builder lot of Michigan Elevator Exchange which were delivered in October 1973, so these are a completely new group of cars for your layout! Michigan Elevator Exchange, a division of Farm Bureau Services, Inc, leased 50 cars from Pullman, painted yellow and black with a very sharp-looking red and brown placard that includes a drawing of the state of Michigan! These cars feature unpainted Morton running boards, truck-mounted brake hardware and Timken rotating truck caps, just like the prototype. We are offering these cars today with 6 all-new road numbers! Don’t miss out!

– NAHX “Ralston-Jefferson” Delivery 1974 introduces a new “pink car” offering for our series of these beauties. Ralston-Jefferson was part of a multiple-town cooperative located on the CNW mainline in Iowa that was a gigantic operation and operated a large self-owned fleet of PS4750 grain hoppers. This car was part of a large 80 car order that was leased from North American Car Company in 1974 and are replete with the North American logo. These cars do not have shaker brackets, by design, a feature that only Tangent offers. These cars also have the “Call Collect” phone number stenciled on the side of the car, a number you can still call today for your grain acquisition needs. These cars are available in 6 road numbers.

– AEX “Ex-Ralston-Jefferson” 2010+ shows off the our Ralston-Jefferson coop car still wearing its 1974 paint but in a restenciled, 2010+ form. This snapshot of the former 1974 car is from the modern era, including conspicuity stripes, gray paintout panels applied with a paint roller, and black and white paintout strips to host the AEX reporting marks and renumber. Our car also features physical modernizations, including fiberglass trough roof hatches and even the AEI tag found on the right-side jacking pad! This car is available in one road number right now, so don’t miss out on this one, modern modelers!

– PTLX “Cooper Grain Colby KS 1974” Delivery is easily one of the sharper private elevator offerings we have offered, including the classic PTLX yellow and black carbody but with prototypically accurate burnt red lettering. All of the accurate details are present, including Morton running boards, early Miner outlet gates, truck-mounted brakes, and that classic yellow-painted brake wheel. While Colby was served by UP and Rock Island, these cars became free-roaming cars in large lease fleets in the mid-1980s. These cars come ready-to-operate in 3 numbers.

– Undecorated RTR Unpainted 1974-1975 PTLX Version continues our dedication to the modelers. We get it—sometimes you just want to paint your own car. We are modelers too, and we understand the need to continue to offer undecorated products without drama. This car is completely assembled and unpainted! It is based on a 1974-1975 built car, featuring the open hole side post body, truck mounted brakes, Morton running boards, early Miner outlet gates and Timken roller bearing caps. This model is ready for painting and lettering in a prototype or your own private road.

– Undecorated KIT 1974-1975 provides modelers with a great option if you want to build or customize a car for a particular modeling project. It has details for a 1972-1973 built car, featuring open hole side post body, multiple brake versions, multiple etched parts, multiple outlet gates, and Timken roller bearing caps. This kit includes trucks. You supply your own favorite couplers.

All of these models can be seen by clicking here!

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 system of models offers a multitude of detail variations and phases to replicate the many different Pullman-Standard offerings. Example variations include: body shells with or without holes in the side posts, 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 and curb-appeal.

These products are shipping today! A quick synopsis of our era and railroad-specific detail variations 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 6 possible combinations)
• Road-specific details for each scheme, including 7 different brake systems, 3 different outlet gates, 3 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, 7 brakewheel housing and clevis options, and 2 brakewheel options.
• Beautiful details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars – no “molded in” plastic grab irons here!
• Separate air hoses
• CNC-machined 36” wheels
• All-New precision Tangent Scale Models 100-ton Barber S-2 trucks with prototype-specific rotating bearing caps and separate brake beam part
• 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 $48.95, 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
Tangent Scale Models