is proud to announce another all new body style for your N scale freight car fleet.
These 2-Bay Rebuilt War Emergency Hoppers have never been available before in
N scale. These ready-to-run cars feature: die cast slope sheet-hopper bay-center
sill assembly; injection molded plastic sides, ends, and hopper doors; fully molded
brake tank, valve and air lines; body mounted brake hose detail; load; body mounted
magnetically operating knuckle couplers; close coupling; and Fox Valley Models
The story of these 2-Bay Rebuilt War Emergency Hoppers
begins in 1942 when the War Production Board directed car builders to substitute
wood for steel wherever possible in car superstructures. The familiar 2-bay war
emergency composite hopper was a result of this directive. Those cars had
wooden side sheets and end slope sheets (although the middle slope sheets remained
steel.) This saved a bit over two and a half tons of steel needed elsewhere for
the war effort. Unfortunately, the wood boards were considerably thicker than
steel sheet which effectively lowered the cubic capacity of the car. While you
could build ten composite hoppers with the steel of nine all-steel hoppers, the
lower capacity of the composite cars meant you needed more composite cars to carry
the same load. During 1944, the directive was set aside and cars that were on
order were delivered with the familiar diagonal bracing but with all steel construction.
After the war, as composite cars came due for serious maintenance, the wood side
and slope sheets were replaced with steel. A large majority of the composite cars
were rebuilt in this manner sometime during the 1950s.