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Z scale Full Throttle B&O 33' Offset Hopper Set

Z scale Full Throttle B&O 33' Offset Hopper Set

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Z scale Full Throttle B&O 33' Offset Hopper Set .Road numbers B&O B&O 638357 and B&O 638562. Featuring Bowser Bettendorf trucks with metal wheels and knuckle couplers, crisp printing and Hay Brothers loads. One of Baltimore & Ohio's most common coal car, the 33' offset could be seen all around mid America. This set bears the very bold B&O letters. Packed in hard case with prototype details on back of case.

Prototype information from the manufacturer:
33' 2-Bay Offset-Side Hoppers. During the first half of the 20th Century, the most common carrier for the transport of coal via rail lines was, in fact, the pervasive little 50-55 ton, twin-bay hopper. Ever-inventive engineers designed a different style of this essential hauler which became enormously popular with many Railroads by the 1930s and 40s. This "offset-side" hopper car had a few advantages over the earlier "rib-side" type. The crease in the upper sides led to more structural strength without using heavier materials, and there was a greater rated capacity with the side panels riveted to the outside of the ribbing, instead of being on the inside. The efficiency was a boon to the coal merchants! The concept proved successful, and was used to build ever-larger hoppers until after WW II, when "rivet pull-through" rendered it impractical for modern rotary dumping. Today, although they are seen less frequently, offset-side hoppers remain an important part of railroad history. Full Throttle presents a universal model of these unique hoppers.

  • Coal Loads From Hay Brothers Bettendorf Trucks
  • Knuckle Couplers
  • Steel Wheels

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