33' Ribside Hopper 2-Pack
Betriebsnummern 321059, 321074
Jeder Waggon ist mit einer unterschiedlichen Ladung von Hay Bros. Garage beladen. (sand and gravel)
Some ten years ago, FT offered some unique Chessie System cars called "Moonshine" hoppers. They were eagerly accepted by hobbyists in Z Scale who were aware of the prototypes but didn't want to attempt the preparation necessary to add them to their rosters. Well, we've done it again! We had used two liveries from the old C&O cars that were worked into the Chessie System. This time May '21 we've used some of the B&O 2-Bays that had been inherited. The results are shown in this blurb. As before we've loaded the models with sand and gravel to inspire their use for small spurs and MoW work.
Toward the end of the 20th Century, most major railroads shifted from the once common 55-ton, 2-bay hoppers to the larger 70-ton and 100-ton haulers. After the 1973 merger of C&O, B&O, and WM, the Chessie System owned a myriad of the smaller cars. Many were repainted in Chessie livery and serve proudly, even until today. Others were relegated to their home rails and could not be interchanged to another railroad. Instead of spending time repainting them in a new livery, they kept their original paint and reporting numbers but received a quite unique treatment! Chessie marked them with bright yellow ends and a large "XXX" on each side to denote their restriction. Because of the visual Triple X connotation, they became known as Chessie's "MOONSHINE" cars! They proved ever useful on Chessie short lines, carrying oddball bulk freight, and in MoW trains hauling sand and gravel.
Full Throttle presents a pair of these Moonshine Hoppers complete with realistic sand and gravel loads by Hay Bros.
These models have been equipped with our Full Throttle couplers, trucks and metal wheelsets. Hay Brothers has crafted the detailed loads. The 4-pk.carries four new unique Reporting Numbers!