is proud to announce our third new body style in N scale since
July. This time we have 2-Bay War Emergency Composite Hoppers.
These are the predecessors of the Rebuilt War Emergency Hoppers
we announced last month. These cars were built during the Second
World War with wood siding and slope sheets at the direction of
the War Production Board in hopes of saving as much steel as possible
for the war effort. This was especially the case with hoppers
that were usually built with copper-bearing steel to resist corrosion.
The car sides were built with the Pratt truss design using a combination
of vertical and diagonal ribs. A majority were later rebuilt with
steel replacing the wood components but some composite cars remained
in service into the 1970s.