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Trainworx N scale NACC PD3000 covered hopper

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Trainworx N scale NACC PD3000 covered hopper
Price: $27.95 (undecorated, $24.95)

P.O. Box 127
Delta, CO 81416

Era: 1969 to late 2000s

Road names: 18 road names available in road-number-specific paint schemes (see manufacturer’s website for list), plus undecorated

Comments: An accurate, well-detailed N scale model of a pressure differential covered hopper used to carry fine granular products is now available from Trainworx. The 3,000-cubic-foot capacity North American Car Co. PD3000 used compressed air to help unload ladings such as flour, sugar, cement, sand, and asbestos that need to be kept dry.

The Trainworx model is newly tooled and detailed with accurate, separately applied unloading piping and etched-metal, see-through running boards. The model has alternating thin and wide running board supports, a spotting feature of early versions of the car. The end-mounted brake equipment is accurate. The model’s dimensions match published drawings of the prototype.

The paint is smooth and even, with all lettering legible under magnification. Several road names are offered in road-number-specific paint schemes.

The model weighed just over an ounce, very close to the weight of 1.025 ounces recommended by National Model Railroad Association RP-20.1 for an N scale car of its length.

The car is equipped with free-rolling Fox Valley metal wheelsets, which were in gauge, according to our
N scale NMRA standards gauge.

Our coupler gauge found the factory-installed body-mounted knuckle couplers to be mounted at the correct height.

Trainworx has brought to N scale a car that modelers have been anticipating for a long time. The accuracy, fine tooling, and attention to detail of this model make it worth waiting for.

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