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March 2021 Release: Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4750 Covered Hoppers – Take 2

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 1972-1974 production, which include closed-hole side posts and other production trends and car details, including brake systems.

Our March 2021 production includes eight total private and railroad schemes, including the return of three requested schemes:

– ACOX “Aurora NE Co-op 1973” offers our first Nebraska co-op car and it is a neat one! This car represents 1973 production details wearing gray body color paint with red lettering. This lot featured truck-mounted brake hardware, so notice the “missing” brake beam and brake cylinder on the “B” end! Even the correct WABCOPAC truck-mounted brake beams are present on those gorgeous 100-Ton Barber S-2 trucks. Aurora, Nebraska was located on Burlington Northern rails. This car is offered with 2 road numbers!

– Grand Trunk Western (GTW) “Original Blue 1972” scheme with large GT logo! Yup, it has been a few years since we first offered GTW on our PS4750, and we are happy to offer GTW again. The GTW placed one of the earliest orders for 4750s, with cars delivered in September of 1972. As a result, the model matches this early phase, including accurate Apex running boards, correct brake details and “8-Grab Iron” ladder ends. Our GT logo and blue color is stunningly executed, check it out for yourself. GTW is available with 4 all-new road numbers for 2021.

– ICG “Original Orange 1972 Thin” replicates the first lot of PS4750s delivered in “Illinois Central Gulf” orange paint. The IC took delivery of their first 4750 order in August 1972, right in the middle of their merger with the GM&O. As a result, the newly-named ICG accepted 250 of the 300 car order painted and lettered in the new I-Rail logo and “thin” ICG lettering. Later orders would feature the thicker lettering seen on previous Tangent releases. For those of you keeping score at home, ICG was one of the largest purchasers of Pullman’s PS4750 and they went big with more than 2000 cars! This is the first time this scheme has been offered commercially on an accurate PS4750 model and it is a stunner. Tangent’s tooling options are on full display, as this car features the early 4750 body and brake arrangement, angled brake beam, 8-grab iron ladder ends, Morton running boards, Keystone Portloc outlet gates and Timken roller bearing caps. Accuracy like no other — offered today with 12 road numbers.

– INTX “Ex-CN/IC Restencil” 2013+ represents our conspicuity striped, modern offering for this run. This INTX car is a story with layers of details: A former IC car built in 1972, painted gray by the CN/IC Centralia shop in 2003 and sent off to became part of the varied INTX lease fleet circa 2013. Lettering details include light gray patches, new INTX black stenciling, and yellow conspicuity striping. It is offered with one road number.

– NAHX “Gray Lease 1-74” illustrates private leased cars in the vast North American Car Co lease fleet. We get asked for plain cars a lot – and this car delivers with accuracy. These NAHX cars feature incredibly accurate North American Car Co graphics, with Roman style lettering, the classic red, white and blue NACC badge. Simple and accurate – Apex style running boards, body mounted brake hardware and brake beams, all per the prototype. Ah, and look closely: We even have the correct 6-sided Brenco rotating caps on our Barber S-2 100-Ton trucks. Available with 6 all-new numbers for 2021!

– PTLX “ConAgra 4-1973” is the only grain conglomerate offering in this release of PS4750s. This car is a stunner and shows the depth of our PS4750 tooling. ConAgra was – and still is – a large grain products shipper and these cars were found on all corners of the North American railroad network, with example cars photographed on the EL in Pennsylvania in the east and the Milwaukee on the “Pacific Extension” out west. Also, check out the rivet heads on our placard! Yeah, our models look like the real cars. We know how to count rivets on Pullman-Standard hoppers! This ConAgra green, black, and white replica is available with 4 new road numbers for 2021. If you missed out last time, don’t this time!

– TP&W “Original 2-1974” gives our devoted mid-western modelers another much asked-for paint scheme. The TP&W’s only 4750 order was decorated, well, like only a TP&W car could be. An incredible shade of red complete with bold white graphics. We are pleased to offer this car with a carefully researched paint color and correct 1974 phase details. From the accurate TP&W graphics, to the truck brake details, to the individual Hyatt roller bearing caps – it’s all there. This is one of those cars that just screams “WOW” and is available in 4 numbers!

– UNPX “Procor Repaint” 1999+ provides our customers with a “modern” repaint scheme for this production and it represents typical Procor repaints of the 1990/2000s era – a gray car with black lettering. This car has truck-mounted brake hardware and includes details like Apex running boards, replacement style roof hatches, and Timken roller bearing caps. These beauties are available with 2 road numbers.

– Undecorated RTR Unpainted 1972-1973 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. (Yes, bare plastic, not primer!) It is based on a 1972-1973 built car, featuring the solid-post body, truck mounted brakes, Morton running boards, early Miner outlet gates and Timken roller bearing caps. Ready for painting and lettering in a prototype or your own private road.

– Undecorated KIT 1972-1973 offers a kit version of a 1972-1973 car. This is a great option if you want to build or customize a car for a particular modeling project. It is based on a 1972-1973 built car, featuring the solid post body, truck mounted brakes, Morton running boards, early Miner outlet gates and Timken roller bearing caps. Ready for painting and lettering in a prototype or your own private road. This kit includes trucks. You supply your own favorite couplers.

All of these models can be seen at www.tangentscalemodels.com !

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