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New N Scale Tooling:
2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers.
Now Shipping.
Bluford Shops is proud to announce our fourth new body style in N scale since July. Our new 2-Bay Offset Side hopper features a 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; load; body mounted magnetically operating knuckle couplers; and Fox Valley Models metal wheel. Each road name will be available in multiple road numbers. MSRP is $24.95 per car.

A 2-bay hopper design with offset sides was first proposed in the 1920s and first appeared in the form seen here in 1934. The AAR adopted it as a standard design the following year. The offset design permitted greater interior capacity than a rib side car with the same outside dimensions. It was thought this more than made up for the car’s higher cost of construction. The last new 2-bay offset side hoppers were built in 1960.

All road names are 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.)
Baltimore & Ohio had more than 21,000 of these hoppers acquired over a 20 year span. That’s enough to make a train 140 miles long! This group was built in 1956 and ’57 at B&O’s shops in DuBois, Pennsylvania. This run will be available in six road numbers.
66021 Baltimore & Ohio billboard single $24.95
66022 Baltimore & Ohio billboard 2-pack $49.90
66023 Baltimore & Ohio billboard 3-pack $74.85
Chicago & Eastern Illinois took delivery of their second group of these hoppers from Pullman Standard in late 1945 – early 1946. These cars had dark gray bodies with black underbodies and brake gear and white lettering. C&EI served the large Illinois Coal Basin. This run will be available in six road numbers.
66031 Chicago & Eastern Illinois dark gray single $24.95
66032 Chicago & Eastern Illinois dark gray 2-pack $49.90
66033 Chicago & Eastern Illinois dark gray 3-pack $74.85
Erie Railroad was early to adopt this design with the first cars arriving in 1934. This paint scheme featuring the large diamond logo was adopted in 1947. In addition to bituminous coal and anthracite traffic, Erie also moved a considerable amount of sand, stone and ore. This run will be available in six road numbers.
66041 Erie large diamond single $24.95
66042 Erie large diamond 2-pack $49.90
66043 Erie large diamond 3-pack $74.85
Northern Pacific received this group of hoppers from American Car & Foundry in 1941. They are presented here as they appeared after 1967 with ACI tags applied. NP loaded a fair share of lignite which is a low-BTU form of coal. This run will be available in six road numbers.
66051 Northern Pacific post-1967 single $24.95
66052 Northern Pacific post-1967 2-pack $49.90
66053 Northern Pacific post-1967 3-pack $74.85
New York Central received this 1,000 car group from Pressed Steel Car in March of 1945. While many NYC 2-bay offset hoppers were shorter than the AAR standard design, this group did follow the 33’ IH standard. Note the road numbers are further to the left than usually seen on their shorter cousins. This run will be available in six road numbers.
66061 New York Central single $24.95
66062 New York Central 2-pack $49.90
66063 New York Central 3-pack $74.85
Bangor & Aroostook received their 2-bay offset side hoppers from American Car & Foundry in December of 1944. Originally numbered in the 3900 series, the whole fleet was renumbered in 1952 and subsequently received BAR’s jaunty shield logo. This run will be available in three road numbers.
66071 Bangor & Aroostook single $24.95
66072 Bangor & Aroostook 2-pack $49.90
Gulf Mobile & Ohio received this group of cars from Pullman Standard in June, 1949. GM&O’s recent acquisition of the Alton Railroad greatly increased the amount of coal loaded on the line. This run will be available in three road numbers.
66081 Gulf Mobile & Ohio single $24.95
66082 Gulf Mobile & Ohio 2-pack $49.90
Lehigh & New England received this group of hoppers from Bethlehem Steel in February, 1942. LNE’s familiar “fried egg” logo was applied to the middle of the car during this period. This run will be available in three road numbers.
66091 Lehigh & New England single $24.95
66092 Lehigh & New England 2-pack $49.90
South Buffalo Railway received this group of hoppers from their parent company Bethlehem Steel in 1949. The SB was a busy 60 mile line serving heavy industry in the Lackawanna, New York area. It merged into Buffalo & Pittsburgh in 2001. This run will be available in three road numbers.
66101 South Buffalo single $24.95
66102 South Buffalo 2-pack $49.90
Soo Line received this group of hoppers from Pullman Standard in 1937 and assigned them to their Wisconsin Central subsidiary. Note the little WC in the upper left corner. This run includes “stone” loads instead of coal as these were much more common on Soo Line (and match our previously released Soo and DSS&A 3-bay hoppers.) This run will be available in three road numbers – all of which are odd numbers as was the practice for Soo Line hoppers.
66111 Soo Line single $24.95
66112 Soo Line 2-pack $49.90
Note the 66011 Data Only run has been canceled.
66000 Undecorated $24.95
(Unpainted gray plastic with black trucks.)
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Cornfields
We have produced a special limited run of Canadian National – black 30’6” Panel Side Hoppers in N scale. CN rebuilt a number of their former Grand Trunk Railway hoppers with panel sides in 1937. The cars emerged from the CN shops in this paint scheme. These will be available to ship in July (along with the first runs War Emergency Composite and 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers.) They are available in three different road numbers, available individually while supplies last. Order through the usual hobby shop/hobby distributor channels.
62147 Canadian National - black single car #CN 117691 $23.95
62148 Canadian National - black single car #CN 117759 $23.95
62149 Canadian National - black single car #CN 117768 $23.95