HO Scale: Rivet Counter - GATC 4180cf Airslide® Covered Hopper - BNSF 'Buffer'


SKU Road Number Price Qty
SXT31230 808199 $ 39.99 Sold Out
SXT31229 808013 $ 39.99 Sold Out
SXT31231 808227 $ 39.99 Sold Out
SXT31232 808246 $ 39.99 Sold Out
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HO Scale: Rivet Counter - GATC 4180cf Airslide® Covered Hopper - Burlington Northern Santa Fe 'Buffer Service'


In 1963, GATC introduced the 4180 Cubic Foot Airslide covered hopper to their catalog. Designed for shippers of such commodities as flour, starch, and sugar, these two-bay cars featured ten round loading hatches, and four outlets. As with their other Airslide designs, it featured their patented “Airslide” unloading system, which used pressurized air to aerate the special fabric lining of the bays, effectively fluidizing the commodity and allowing it to flow more easily during unloading.

As with most any locomotive or rolling stock, the 4180cf Airslides underwent production changes over their production span. These changes, typically the result of improvements in fabrication, changes in railroad regulations, or changes in vendor components, are unofficially termed as “phases” by railroad enthusiasts.

Road Number Specific Features:
  • Buffer service cars
  • Morton Roofwalk
  • BNSF 80813, 808199, 808246
  • "Circle Cross" Logo
BNSF 808227
  • "Wedge" Logo
Phase HC
  • 4” side column post
  • Square tube style horizontal End Braces
  • Low corner grab iron ladders
  • Low mounted handbrake
  • Roping eyes integral to bolster plates
Additional Features:
  • Officially licensed by GATX
  • GATX provided original blueprint copies
  • All-new model
  • Four (4) different road numbers
  • Correct phase details per roadnumber
    • TZL
    • TZC
    • HZ
    • HC
  • Apex (slotted) or Morton (round-hole) roofwalk per specific prototype
    • Photo-etched stainless steel see-through running board with plastic grab irons
    • Photo-etched stainless steel see-through end crossover platforms
  • End details, bracing, grab irons specific to body phase
  • Body side post style (shape) different depending on body phase
  • Gravity or Gravity-Pneumatic outlets
  • Factory-applied trainline piping
  • Brake plumbing with separate air reservoir, control valve, and retainer valve details plus separately applied wireform plumbing.
  • Fully detailed brake linkage system with multiple wireform brake rods and photoetched brackets.
  • Durable die-cast metal semi-scale standard Type E couplers
  • Highly-detailed Barber S-2 100-ton trucks with finely rendered raised foundry data, rotating bearing caps, side bearing detail, and truck-mounted brake beams
  • 36” machined metal wheels
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”

All Rivet Counter Freight Cars Feature:

  • Fully assembled
  • Factory-applied metal grab irons
  • Factory-applied coupler cut levers
  • Trainline hoses
  • Intricate brake plumbing
  • Semi-scale draft gear box
  • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • Color matched to existing Tru-Color Paint colors whenever possible
  • Accurately profiled .110" wheels
  • Machined metal axles
  • Weighted to Industry standards for reliable operation
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Packaging safely stores model

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