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Tangent Scale Models HO Dry-Flo hopper

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Tangent Scale Models HO Dry-Flo hopper
A covered hopper appropriate for the post-transition era is now available from Tangent Scale Models. The HO scale General American Transportation Corp. Dry-Flo car features separately applied, railroad-specific details and etched-metal running boards.

General American’s Dry-Flo covered hopper made its debut in 1959. The car was designed to transport granular or pelletized materials that were dry and free flowing, such as malt, fertilizer, plastics, and carbon black.

The Dry-Flo hopper could be loaded through its 10 round roof hatches mechanically, pneumatically, or via gravity. The staggered hatch cover arrangement let the hopper’s 3,500-cubic-foot-capacity be used to its fullest extent.

The hopper could be unloaded with pneumatic systems (suction or pressure), screw conveyors, or gravity.

In typical Tangent fashion, the Dry-Flo hopper is well-detailed and proportioned. The car features more than 100 parts, including prototype-specific trucks, shaker brackets, brake wheels, and handbrake housings. The model’s major dimensions match prototype drawings published in the 1961 Car Builders’ Cyclopedia of American Practice (Simmons-Boardman).

Our sample is decorated as Union Pacific no. 19204. The railroad had 100 Dry-Flo hoppers in its fleet (nos. 19200 through 19299). Though the prototype was built in July 1959, the Tangent Scale Models car is lettered for a hopper that was repainted at UP’s Pocatello, Idaho, shops in November 1979. The Albina Silver paint is evenly applied, and all of the lettering is crisp and legible under magnification.

This is the first time
the Dry-Flo hopper has been offered as an HO scale plastic model, and Tangent has set the bar high. Accurate proportions plus superb detail equal an excellent covered hopper for anyone modeling the late 1950s through the mid-1990s.
Price: $44.95

Tangent Scale Models
P.O. Box 6514
Asheville NC 28816

Era: 1959 to mid-1990s

Road names: Burlington Northern; Conrail; General American (Diamond Sugar – Montreal or Dow – Freeport, Texas); Illinois Central; Northern Pacific; Pennsylvania RR; and Union Pacific. Two to four road numbers per scheme. Primer gray ready-to-run models and undecorated kits also available.

  • 33" semi-scale wheelsets
  • Etched-metal running boards
  • Kadee scale couplers (low trip pin on A end)
  • Separate air hoses
  • Weight: 4.9 ounces
  • Wire grab irons and uncoupling levers

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