N ACF 4600 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper, GRPX #944826 by Athearn

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MODEL FEATURES:

  • Three body styles:
    • Early- High side ladder & brake wheel, single side stiffener
    • Mid- Low brake wheel, short side ladders both ends, single side stiffener
    • Late- As above but with double side stiffeners (post 1971)
  • Round or trough hatches
  • Photo-etched metal roofwalk
  • Separately applied wire grab irons and stirrup steps
  • Separate brake cylinder, valve and air reservoir
  • Detailed outlets
  • Multiple roadnumbers
  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
  • Accurately painted and printed
  • Highly detailed, injection molded body
  • Separately applied brake wheel
  • 100-ton trucks with 36” machined metal wheels
  • Screw mounted trucks
  • Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Weighted for trouble free operation
  • Minimum radius: 9¾”

PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:

The 3-bay CenterFlow covered hopper first entered service in the mid-1960s built by American Car and Foundry. The cars handle loads such as grain, corn and similar bulk commodities. The Centerflow relies on the car’s rounded body to provide structural strength without the added weight of bracing, as well as making gravity unloading easier. This 3-bay car came in a 4,600-cubic foot capacity. The railroads looking to replace their aging 40’ box cars in grain service needed a modern hopper design. One that could operate within the tighter Plate B clearances for light branchline and industrial service. ACF’s design won them many contracts from a plethora of railroads. One can find these cars still in revenue service today in grain trains and other similar service.

This product is expected to arrive on Saturday, April 27 2019