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Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4750 Covered Hopper

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Think of the PS-2CD 4750 (“PS4750″) prototype as the EMD SD40-2 of covered hoppers. Similar to the SD40-2, Pullman-Standard (“PS”) began production of the 4750 covered hopper in 1972 and was the most popular seller within its peer group with more than 56,000 cars produced (not including thousands of clones from other builders and railroads). The 4750 followed upon the successful “high hip” design of one of Pullman’s earlier designs, the 4740 covered hopper, also offered by Tangent Scale Models. When Pullman ceased production of 4750s in 1981, the amassed fleet was the largest single body covered hopper fleet from any of builder, and was arguably the most prolific productions of a singular design during any era. In other words, they were super common! It was rare to find a manifest train without a PS4750 in it. Today, that feat is harder but it is still pretty true.

PS4750s were built to last. It is hard to tally how many ply the rails of North America today, but it is clear a large percentage of the fleet is still in service, working for their original or perhaps new owners.

Benson-Quinn was a grain consolidator based out of the Twin Cities of MN. These car originated from the Benson-Quinn elevator network early in their service lives, but then were part of the nationwide pool in 1987 and were found anywhere.

Lots of people like “plain” cars, so here is a shot of one of the plain cars photographed on the BN. We will offer more of these in 2021 since they sold out quickly.

While approximately 52% of PS4750s were built for railroads, many of them were built for private operators and grain shippers – with transportation of grains being the primary goal (with some exceptions of course). Here is a easily one of the sharper private elevator offerings we have offered yet, including classic red and black paint and big, bold “UNITED CO-OP” graphics. 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 Webster City was located on both IC and CNW, these cars became free-roaming cars in large lease fleets in the mid-1980s.

Here is another example car built for one of the larger grain purchasers and marketers, Garvey Grain, which operated in a band of elevators from Nebraska to Texas. These cars became nationwide roamers in 1987.

Service for these cars was widespread for sure. Which translates to our layouts, both present and future. Our most recent releases of PS4750s focus on the early production cars from 1972-1974.

Like previous offerings, the PS4750 model from Tangent Scale Models is a state of the art, dimensionally-accurate scale replica with highly accurate “true-to-life” colors and precise letter stencils. Our PS4750 offers our most ambitious effort yet to include a multitude of detail variations to replicate the different phases of production and customer specifications. 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.

Here is a shot of our newest car offering, which represents models from B&O’s only order of PS4750s produced in July 1973. We appreciate how patient the Chessie modelers have been with us over the years, and now we are pleased to offer these cars in stunning Chessie Yellow and Blue paint. Specific correct car appliances are included for B&O cars, including Portloc outlet gates, plate mounted ACI labels, and Gypsum running boards. Check out those orange end pieces on the running board, just like the prototypes! And of course we include the car number on the draft gear, per B&O’s lettering standards. We have installed accurate body mounted brake gear and truck brake beams along with Timken rotating roller bearing caps on the trucks. Our new Chessie cars are available with 12 road numbers!

Here is a shot of our new NAHX Garvey Grain car, which is yet another classic scheme applied to a Pullman-built 4750. Garvey Grain leased 50 cars from North American Car Company in late 1973, painted gray with sharp red graphics. These cars feature Morton running boards, body-mounted brake hardware and Timken rotating truck caps, just like the prototype. Garvey loaded these cars in a band of elevators from Nebraska to Texas, and our Garvey Grain cars have arrived in 4 numbers!

As always, Tangent’s excellent paint and lettering is featured front and center:

Our motto is “Unparalleled scale replicas for discriminating railroad modelers”. Features for these PS4750 replicas include:

  • Dimensional accuracy – scaled 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 one of 3 possible variations)
  • 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 in high quality Tangent Scale Models 100-ton trucks
  • Recommended age 14 years and older

Please click on the images at right for pricing, SKUs, high resolution photos, prototype photos, car number options, and to order!