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Pullman-Standard PS-2CD 4750 Covered Hopper

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.

Here is a D&H car when new, photographed offline faraway from its D&H rails, in Michigan:
DH 12330 1000

And here is a car from the same series, photographed recently in lease service also faraway from D&H rails:
ATGX 12342 1000

What is amazing about PS4750s is how many of them still wander the rails in their original paint. For example, here is a new ICG PS4750 delivered in 1973 prior to leaving the Pullman plant:
ICG 765912 1000

Here is a car from that same series, photographed in 2017 and after its ownership has cascaded from ICG to merger successor CN, who then eventually sold the car to INTX which is a bank-owned lease fleet:
INTX 765870 1000

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 an example car built for one of the larger grain purchasers and marketers, Grain Terminal Association:
UTCX 44437 1000

Here is an example of two leaser E&M Grain cars when they were recently placed into service, photographed at the Fostoria rail “triangle”!
PTLX 34207 1000

PS4750s were built for the larger cooperatives, such as COOP, but some were sublettered to represent either service (or perhaps car assignment in some cases) to smaller elevators. Here is an example car assigned to Yetter IA, located on the IC mainline to Council Bluffs:
PTLX 34155 1000

Finally, some PS4750s were assigned to railcar lessors for general service, such as this CRDX example from 1973:
CRDX 6330 1000

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 ICG car offering, which represents models from ICG’s order of PS4750s produced in December 1973 as lot 9687. We continue our ongoing ICG releases, this time with earlier details compared to our previous releases. Specific correct car appliances are included for ICG as well, including the brake system, Portloc outlet gates, and Gypsum running boards, to name a few. And of course we include the car number on the underframe, a standard ICG stenciling practice. Our new ICG replicas are available with 12 road numbers!

Here is a shot of our new Yetter IA COOP car, which is still running around today and still shows its “baby blue” car coloring! Our offering for this scheme wears its original Pullman-Standard livery, complete with the COOP white, black, red, and blue logo on a placard. Our cars come with accurate yellow brakewheels and warning stenciling, as well as red roof grab irons. Our PTLX Yetter Iowa coop cars are available with 2 total road 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!