HO Scale: Rivet Counter - GATC 4180cf Airslide® Covered Hopper - GACX


HO Scale: Rivet Counter - GATC 4180cf Airslide® Covered Hopper - GACX


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:

  • “Service Driven” blue dot logo scheme
  • Era 1980’s to early 2000’s
  • GACX 46220, 46224 and 46290
    • Apex Roofwalk
    • Phase TZL
      • Z-style section end braces
      • Half-Height corner grab iron ladders
      • Low mounted handbrake
      • Roping eyes integral to bolster plates
    • Gravity outlet gates
  • GACX 46402
      • Apex Roofwalk
      • Black Underbody
      • Phase TZC
        • Z-style sectional end-braces
        • Hat section posts at bolsters
        • Low corner grab iron ladders
        • Low mounted handbrake
        • Roping eyes integral to bolster plates
        • Gravity outlet gates

    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

    SKU Road Number Price Qty
    SXT30681 46220 $ 39.99 Sold Out
    SXT30682 46224 $ 39.99 Sold Out
    SXT30683 46290 $ 39.99 Sold Out
    SXT30684 46402 $ 39.99 Sold Out
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