Atlas O 3005817 - 55-Ton Coal Hopper "Lehigh Valley"
- Road Name: Lehigh Valley
- System: 3-Rail
- Product Line: Atlas O
- Scale: O Scale
- Release: 1st Quarter 2019
Four road numbers are available per road name, except for Data Only and the Limited Edition road names which have one.
- Die-cast centerbeam and chassis
- Wire grab irons
- Die-cast stirrups
- Opening, spring hopper doors
- Die-cast Andrews truck
- Protoypical painting and lettering
- Die-cast articulated couplers with trainline detail (3-Rail)
- Minimum diameter curve: O-31 (3-Rail)
During World War I, the US railroads experienced a critical equipment shortage due to increased traffic needs. This 55 Ton Hopper Car was one of the body types designed by the United States Railroad Administration (USRA) to relieve this shortage. Built in 1918, 25,000 of these cars were primarily assigned to the great coal-hauling roads of the east and mid-west. The car design was very successful and later became one of the standard cars of the American Railway Association.
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