Equipped with Full Throttle roller bearing trucks, metal wheels and knuckle couplers.
What's a "Big John?" Southern had a fleet of very large multi-colored, covered grainers to which they named "Big Johns!" ACF 51', three-compartment cylindricals are apropos to represent a large grainer on smaller home-style layouts! In each set, one model is an aluminum hopper painted with red lettering and the other, a steel car pained black with bright orange lettering. A great addition to the FT collection of unusual freight cars for the Z Scale hobbyist! A must for Southern Railway runners and those who run southern USA RR Lines.
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!
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.