MTH Announces Uncataloged O Scale Premier Wheeling & Lake Erie 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set Exclusively For Stockyard Express!!!!
May 24, 2021 – M.T.H. Electric Trains has announced an uncataloged Premier O Scale 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set in Wheeling & Lake Erie livery for exclusive distribution by M.T.H. Authorized Retailer Stockyard Express. Each set will be available in six individual car numbers and limited in production and only available directly from Stockyard Express for just $379.95 (Plus Freight). Delivery is slated for November 2021.
Item No. 20-92300 Wheeling & Lake Erie 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
Car No’s. 55000, 55003, 55008, 55015, 55021, 55036
Item No. 20-92301 Wheeling & Lake Erie 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
Car No’s. 55005, 55003, 55017, 55029, 55050, 550696
ABOUT THE PREMIER O SCALE FISH BELLY HOPPER CAR
Unlike equipment that carried a variety of loads, like boxcars, flatcars, and gondolas, this two-bay hopper was designed specifically for one cargo: anthracite coal on railroads of the eastern seaboard. Its capacity matched the volume of coal that a pair of typical 50-ton freight trucks could carry. And its “fishbelly” slope sheets — the angled floors at either end of the car — were set at precisely the angle at which coal would flow easily from its bottom doors. (Covered grain hoppers, for example, require much steeper slope sheets.)
The two-bay car was ideal for delivery of clean-burning anthracite to coal dealers who served the home heating market. In contrast, dirtier-burning bituminous coal, used more commonly by large industrial customers, often traveled in bigger three- and four-bay hoppers.
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