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ScaleTrains Fox Valley Models HO SXT15032 USRA 55-Ton 2-Bay Open Hopper Northern Pacific NP #70017

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ScaleTrains Fox Valley Models HO SXT15032 USRA 55-Ton 2-Bay Open Hopper Northern Pacific NP #70017

Prototype Specific ScaleTrains

  • Multiple road numbers
  • Fully assembled
  • Finely cast stirrup steps; end ladders; underbody and brake system
  • Wire grab irons
  • Separately applied handbrake wheel
  • Detailed trucks
  • 33” Machined metal wheels
  • Accurately profiled .110″ wide wheel tread
  • Plastic semi-scale Type E knuckle couplers, Kadee compatible
  • Body mounted coupler box will accept Kadee whisker couplers
  • Weighted to Industry standards
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model when assembled
  • Minimum radius 18”


Beginning with steam locomotives, railroads needed a way to transport the black diamond of fuel: coal. While gondolas could do the job, specially designed cars were developed in the late 1800s to haul the commodity. As a result, coal hoppers would become one of the most numerous types of cars built. Their specific purpose was to bring coal from the mines to the end customers – railroads, factories and coal yards for home delivery.

Coal hoppers had a basic design of a large open top area for loading, slope sheets on the interior to aid in unloading, and bays at the bottom with door that would open to quickly unload a car. From there, designers always tried to find a way to increase capacity from a basic design.

When America's railroads were nationalized during World War I, the United States Railroad Administration 'USRA' created a series of standardized freight cars. One of the most popular designs was the 55-Ton all-steel open hopper, of which 22,000 were produced. After the war, the USRA adopted the design as its standard practice, and near-clones were built by the tens of thousands – the majority of which worked long enough to be seen through the 1960s and early 1970s.

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