HO Scale: Operator Series - GATC 4180cf Airslide® Covered Hopper - Rio Grande


SKU Road Number Price Qty
SXT-10892 15939 $ 25.99 Sold Out
SXT-10893 15942 $ 25.99 Sold Out
SXT-10894 15945 $ 25.99 Sold Out
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ScaleTrains HO Scale: Operator Series - GATC 4180cf Airslide® Covered Hopper - D&RGW

Introduced in 1963, the GATC 4180 Airslide Covered Hopper was designed for granular commodities such as flour, starch, and sugar. The patented “Airslide” unloading system uses pressurized air to aerate the special fabric lining of the bays, effectively fluidizing the commodity so it to flow more easily during unloading. Some Airslides continue in service today including ones used for BNSF buffer car service.

  • Era: 1972- Late 1980s
  • Series 15935-15939 built 12/72; 15940-15945, built 11/71
  • Represents phase “TZL” 4180cf Airslide
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Finely detailed gravity outlet gates
  • Separately-applied Airslide plumbing
  • Highly-detailed, one-piece Barber S-2 100-ton trucks
  • 36” machined metal wheels
  • Detail kit available separately: includes metal grab irons, coupler cut levers, trainline hoses, and more (SXT80251)
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”
All Operator Freight Cars Feature:
  • Fully assembled
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Simplified underbody brake rigging details
  • Body mounted semi-scale knuckle couplers
  • Simplified printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • Accurately profiled .110″ wide wheel tread
  • Weighted to Industry standards
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model
  • Color matched to Tru-Color Paint colors whenever possible

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