Ann Arbor ran a 300 mile line from Toledo northwest through Ann Arbor, Michigan to the Lake Michigan port of Frankfort. Rail traffic was then ferried across the lake to ports in Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, thus providing a shortcut between the Industrial Midwest and the Northern Plains. Wabash bought control of the Ann Arbor in 1925 and from that point, Ann Arbor’s paint and lettering style took on a Wabash flavor. Wabash sold the Ann Arbor to DT&I in 1963. This run will be available in three road numbers.
62071 Ann Arbor single car $23.95
62072 Ann Arbor 2-pack $47.90
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Bluford Shops is proud to announce our second group of 30’6” 2-Bay Panel Side Hoppers in N scale.. These cars first appeared in the 1930’s as some early 2-bay hoppers came due for heavy maintenance. A predecessor of Standard Railway Equipment introduced replacement side panels that were bulged outward between the ribs for the purpose of increasing the interior capacity of the cars. A number of railroads adopted these panels, or those from competing suppliers, for a portion of their 30’6” 2-Bay Hopper fleets.

These ready-to-run N scale models feature: die cast slope sheet-hopper bay-center sill assembly; injection molded plastic sides, ends, and hopper doors; fully molded brake tank, valve and air lines; body mounted brake hose detail; coal load; lever-style hand brake; body mounted magnetically operating knuckle couplers; close coupling; and Fox Valley Models metal wheels.

All road names will be available in multiple road numbers. For instance, order a single, a 2-pack and a 3-pack to get all six road numbers on a run. (Some road names will be available in just three road numbers.) MSRP is $23.95 per car.
New N Scale 30'6" 2-Bay Panel Side Hoppers.
Big Four refers to the Cleveland Cincinnati Chicago & St. Louis Railroad which operated a dense network in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan. Vanderbilt and his New York Central controlled the company since its formation and CCC&StL freight cars routinely carried New York Central Lines oval logos. Big Four rebuilt this group of hoppers at their Beech Grove Shops with panel sides provided by Union Metal Products in March of 1935. This run will be available in three road numbers.
62081 Big Four – NYC single car $23.95
62082 Big Four – NYC 2-Pack $47.90
This group of Canadian National hoppers (originally built for Grand Trunk Railway) was rebuilt with panel sides in April of 1937. At that point, CN hoppers were painted black but in 1948, CN switched to brown for hopper cars and this paint scheme represents cars repainted after that time. This run will be available in six road numbers.
62091 Canadian National single car $23.95
62092 Canadian National 2-Pack $47.90
62093 Canadian National 3-Pack $71.85
This group of Chesapeake & Ohio hoppers was rebuilt with panel sides provided by Union Metal Products at C&O’s Raceland Shops in the autumn of 1932. The use of these panel sides was just catching on and the conversion was featured prominently in Railway Mechanical Engineer magazine the following spring. That article led many other railroads to consider the panel side design as their hoppers came due for rebuilding. This run will be available in six road numbers.
62101 Chesapeake & Ohio single car $23.95
62102 Chesapeake & Ohio 2-Pack $47.90
62103 Chesapeake & Ohio 3-Pack $71.85
Frisco began rebuilding their 3,500 car USRA 2-bay hopper fleet with panel sides in 1943. At first glance, one might think Frisco wouldn’t be much of a coal hauler. But in fact they served big coal producing regions in eastern Kansas and Oklahoma, western Arkansas as well as an important deposit in northern Alabama. Much of this coal was interchanged to connecting lines for delivery to steel mills. This run will be available in six road numbers.
62111 Frisco single car $23.95
62112 Frisco 2-Pack $47.90
62113 Frisco 3-Pack $71.85
In 1937, Grand Trunk Western began rebuilding their 2,000 car 2-bay hopper fleet with panel sides. The cars emerged in black paint that was standard for hoppers in the Canadian National family at the time. The work was done at GTW’s extensive Port Huron, Michigan shops. GTW acted as a bridge for parent CN between the Michigan – Ontario border and Chicago as well as blanketing most of southern Michigan with a 1,000 mile network. This run will be available in three road numbers.
62121 Grand Trunk Western single car $23.95
62122 Grand Trunk Western 2-Pack $47.90
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie received more than 1,400 of these panel side hoppers in 1937 from parent New York Central System’s East Rochester shops. We present them here in the paint scheme adopted in March of 1944. Called the Little Giant, P&LE was just 233 miles long but was so busy they required a fleet of 25,000 freight cars to keep their customers supplied. That’s an astonishing 107 cars for every mile of mainline! This run will be available in six road numbers.
62131 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie single car $23.95
62132 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie 2-Pack $47.90
62133 Pittsburgh & Lake Erie 3-Pack $71.85
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