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Congress enacted the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and we must now note that these ARE NOT TOYS, AND ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN UNDER AGE OF 14. These products are Model Railroad Equipment and Accessories intended for use by adults.
40' 70-Ton 3-Bay Rib-Side Heap Shield Hoppers
40' 3-Bay Heap Shield Hoppers Feature:
• Fine Printing
• Fine Injection Details
• Sold & Packaged as 2-Packs
• Realistic Loads by Hay Brothers
• Crystal Clear Plastic, Stackable Cases
• Full Throttle's Bowser Buckler Trucks
• Blackened Metal wheels
• Knuckle Couplers
These Heap Shield Hoppers are based on prototypes created by Railroads around the early-20th Century. Because of the time and hand-work involved with the production of these Heap Shield Hoppers there will be very limited quantities!
A new body style, the 5600 Series! Heap Shields were an adjunct for smaller open hopper car ends, used to prevent spillage/waste from piled coal loads at stops and starts in mountainous areas or while hauling as fast freight. An economic asset, these peaked finials, conceived in the 19th century, found many USA Rail Lines, some exclusively, employing their use from the 1930's onward. Usually in an arched or angled form, during the mid 1940's an opening notch was often cut out to make access from end ladders into the car interior more accessible. This additional practice was popular and remained until 100-ton plus hoppers riding on double axle trucks made the Shield supplement moot.
#FT-5603   Alaska   2-Pack
• 40' 3-Bay Rib-Side Heap Shield Hoppers
  $50.00 retail ea. • $50.00
Set #1: Road #ARR 14757, #14794 • December 2023
Set #2: Road #ARR 14773, #14805 • December 2023
Any 2-Pack

Set #1

Set #2

• Hay Brothers detailed loads
• Full Throttle's Bowser Buckler Trucks
• Blackened Metal wheels
• Knuckle Couplers
The Alaska Railroad (ARR) is owned by that US American State and extends from the Coastal and Port cities of Seward and Whittier, in the South, through Anchorage, to Fairbanks and beyond in it's interior. Carrying both freight and passengers through it's near 500 mile long system, the ARR is connected to the Lower 48 States via three rail barges to Seattle, WA!
During the beginning of the 20th Century, due to economics and Railroad technology, the 70-Ton, 3-Bay Hoppers began to displace the smaller, standard 50-Ton, 2-Bay versions. More coal using less cars! This definitive prototype model for the Alaska Railroad even employed Heap Shield ends for bulkier loads with less spillage. Til today, these workhorses carry the valuable commodity throughout the region.
Need specific load styles to suit your layout?     Hay Brothers produces many different and very realistic styles available separately.
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