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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. Two original paint scheme railroad-ordered cars are shown here.

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!

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. And when you click on the TP&W link to the right, note that the three prototype photos are taken on other railroads: MILW, B&O, and L&N. These cars were roamers!

Grand Trunk Western (GTW) ordered several lots of PS4750s, but what is notable is that the GTW placed one of the earliest orders for 4750s, with cars delivered in September of 1972. As a result, our model matches this early phase, including accurate Apex running boards, correct brake details and “8-Grab Iron” ladder ends.

ACOX “Aurora NE Co-op 1973” is our first Nebraska co-op car produced 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 at the junction point of two Burlington Northern lines.

MNS ordered two lots of PS4750s, and both were delivered in 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.

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). PTLX “Far-Mar” was part of 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. These cars had Morton running boards, Early Miner outlet gates, Truck mounted brakes, and that classic yellow-painted brake wheel. These cars went everywhere!

Here is another example car built for one of the larger grain purchasers and marketers, Ralston-Jefferson. 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. These cars became nationwide roamers in 1987.

Service for these cars was widespread for sure. Which translates to our layouts, both present and future. The most current release of PS4750s focuses on the 1974-1975 production.

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 Michigan Elevator Exchange’s second PTLX order, 50 cars produced in October 1973. Michigan Elevator, 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!

Here is a shot of our new PTLX Cooper Grain car, which is yet another classic scheme applied to a Pullman-built 4750. Cooper Grain leased 5 cars from Pullman-Standard in 1974, painted yellow with sharp red and black graphics. These cars feature Morton running boards, body-mounted brake hardware and Timken rotating truck caps, just like the prototype.

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!