- Two body styles represent 10-panel and 12-panel variations
- New body styles - including BNSF with stiffeners
- Separate brake cylinder, valve and air reservoir with wire brake plumbing
- Coupler cutbar and Air hose on each end
- Separately applied end cages and etched end platforms
- Photo-etched metal roofwalk
- Weighted for trouble free operation
- Machined metal wheels
- Wheels with RP25 contours operate on all popular brands of track
- Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
- Standard size coupler draft gear box with screw mounted lid
- Fully assembled and ready for your layout
- Replacement parts available
- Minimum radius: 18"
- Genesis 100-ton trucks with 36Ó machined metal wheels and animated spinning roller bearing caps
PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:
Trinity Steel was founded by C. J. Bender in Dallas in 1933. The company didnÕt enter into the railroad freight car market until 1984, when Trinity acquired the railcar designs and production facilities of the Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company, once the largest railcar manufacturer in North America. That same year Trinity also acquired the railcar designs of General American Transportation Corporation. In 1986 the rail car designs and production facilities of Greenville Steel Car Company were purchased, including the auto rack designs of Portec-Paragon. Also acquired in 1986 were the railcar designs of North American Car Corporation, and in 1987 Ortner Freight Car was acquired.
With this collective experience across several facilities, Trinity developed many new designs that became ubiquitous to present day railroading. One of their most famous designs is the 3-bay 5161cuft covered hopper. This covered hopper is optimized to transport agricultural products, sugar, dry chemicals, or other similar products and can be seen in unit train assignments all over North America. Introduced around 1995, these cars are extremely common today and owned by many Class 1 and short line railroads alike.