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Tangent Scale Models HO 28061-11 PC Samuel Rea Shops 4600 Covered Hopper Lehigh Valley 'Delivery Gray 12-1968' LV #50988

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Tangent Scale Models HO 28061-11 PC Samuel Rea Shops 4600 Covered Hopper Lehigh Valley 'Delivery Gray 12-1968' LV #50988

Lehigh Valley LV 'Delivery Gray 12-1968' shows off Lehigh Valley’s large, distinctive graphics on the side of the car. These cars were delivered in a beautiful gray with the red LV flag across 2 panels. Penn Central built 100 cars for Lehigh Valley in December of 1968, stenciled for 4550 cubic feet capacity and equipped with truck-mounted brakes. On the B-end of the car, that translates to a 'missing' brake cylinder and a brake linkage that extends lower than the sill, on its way to the trucks. Speaking of the trucks, they were delivered in a red-brown color that really stands out from the LV graphics and the gray carbody. The 100-ton Barber S-2 trucks have individual brake cylinders mounted on the truck brake beams. These models are equipped with an accurate Peacock 6500 brake housing and modern-style brake wheel. The three bays are equipped with intricate and accurate Keystone Portloc 'Combo' gates, allowing the prototype cars to be unloaded by simple gravity or an air-assisted pneumatic system. We are very pleased to release yet another LV model, and for those who are paying attention, know that we will continue to execute Lehigh Valley prototypes of all kinds to the highest level possible.

  • Truck: Tangent 100-ton Barber S-2 trucks with rotating Timken bearing caps
  • Wheels: CNC-Machined 36″ Wheels

During the 1960s, railcar builders experimented with new covered hopper designs to satisfy the evolving needs of shippers as they moved away from forty-foot box cars to bulk transport railcars.

Inspired by the success of the General American Transportation Corporation 'GATC' 4500/4700 cubic foot covered hopper designs, the PC Samuel Rea Shops 'SRS' designed and built clones of 4600 cubic foot capacity between 1968 and 1969. While these cars were externally very similar to GATC designs, SRS designed their 4600 with a slightly taller carbody and a longer car length. Penn Central outfitted the fleet with a variety of appliance options so the cars could be utilized in multiple services. PC’s own marketing department promoted the cars as 'connecting the great grain producing regions to leading eastern ports and markets.' PC classed them in four total subclasses: H51, H51A, H51B, and H51C, for a total of 761 copies. Additionally, 100 cars were built for Lehigh Valley, majority-owned by PC. After serving into the Conrail and post-CR eras, some were sold to lessors.

A quick synopsis of our PC SRS 4600 era and railroad-specific details and variations include:

  • Dimensional accuracy – designed from General American plans and verified with field measurements
  • Highly correct true to life colors
  • Industry-leading '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
  • Signature PC SRS 'smooth' welded roof with both upper and lower flange roof edge fastener detail
  • Ribbed roof hatch
  • See through Apex running board and Apex/Morton crossover platforms
  • Road-specific details for each scheme, including 2 different brake systems, 4 different outlet gates, 2 different crossover platform options, 5 brakewheel housing and clevis options and 2 different routing board options.
  • Beautiful details including separately-applied scale wire grab irons and coupler lift bars – no molded on plastic grab irons or thick plastic grab iron parts anywhere on this replica
  • Metal corner stirrup steps
  • Separate flexible rubber air hoses
  • CNC-machined 36” wheels with front and back detail and accurate tapered axles
  • Our precision Tangent Scale Models 100-ton Barber S-2 trucks with prototype-specific rotating bearing caps, four possible options, and separate brake beam part, 2 possible options.
  • Recommended age 14 years and older

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