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Tangent Scale Models HO 28063-10 PC Samuel Rea Shops 4600 Covered Hopper Penn Central H51 'Delivery Gray 9-1968' PC #887077

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Tangent Scale Models HO 28063-10 PC Samuel Rea Shops 4600 Covered Hopper Penn Central H51 'Delivery Gray 9-1968' PC #887077

Penn Central PC H51 'Delivery Gray 9-1968' is one of those schemes that just defines a car type. The first 261 '4600' cars built by PC Sam Rea were H51 class in late 1968. Painted light gray with black bays, the cars feature a small PC logo between the ribs on the right side of the car. Those black bays look sharp and show off the white PC reporting marks on the centersill, a feature carefully duplicated on this model. Check out that Peacock 6500 brake housing and beautiful modern brake wheel. The prototype’s truck-mounted brake gear translates to little things on the model like a 'missing' brake cylinder on the B-End. The 4 individual brake cylinders are actually mounted on the truck brake beams, duplicated on our 100-ton Barber S-2 trucks. The bays are equipped with Wine outlet gates with their distinctive gear housing mechanism on the one side. Penn Central lettering is something that we take great pride in here at Tangent. This is industry-leading Tangent artwork and graphics: carefully duplicated based on real photos, not generic diagrams. These Penn Central beauties are ready to operate on your layout.

  • 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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