ACF Covered 51' Cylindrical Hoppers "BIG JOHN"
Roadnumbers: #6038, 6173
After WWII, American Car and Foundry (ACF) designed a tank-type "Center Flow" covered hopper car to carry "modern" products. Here was a "Freight Car for the Future," ready to transport sugar, cement, sand, salt, fertilizers, many types of grains, coke, starch, feeds, chemicals and plastics!
These models have been equipped with our Full Throttle couplers, trucks and metal wheelsets. The 4-pk. carries four new unique Reporting Numbers!
The Southern Railway (SOU) was the product of 150 predecessor lines that were combined and reorganized in the 1830s, formally becoming the Southern Railway in 1894. From dieselization and shop/yard modernization, to computers and the development of special cars, the unit coal train and Radio Controlled Mid-Train Helper Locomotives, Southern was often on the cutting edge of change, earning the catch phrase, "Southern Gives a Green Light to Innovation." Southern and it's subsidiaries covered and serviced nearly the entire southern portion of the USA with freight and passenger traffic! In response to the creation of CSX in 1980, the Southern Railway merged with Norfolk and Western Railway to form the Norfolk Southern Railway in 1982, further consolidating railroads in the eastern half of our Nation.