Athearn Genesis HO G15795 ACF 4600 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper, Burlington Northern #453344

ATH-G15795

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Athearn Genesis HO G15795 ACF 4600 3-Bay Centerflow Hopper, Burlington Northern #453344
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The 3-bay CenterFlow covered hopper first entered service in the mid-1960s, built by American Car and Foundry. The cars handle loads such as grain, corn and similar bulk commodities. The Centerflow design relies on the car's rounded body to provide structural strength - eliminating the traditional center sill, and making gravity unloading easier. Our 3-bay car represents the common 4600 cu.ft. capacity version. The railroads looking to replace their aging 40' box cars in grain service needed a modern hopper design - one that could operate within the tighter Plate B clearances for light branchline and industrial service. ACF's design won them many contracts from a plethora of railroads. One can find these cars still in revenue service today in grain trains and other similar service.

Three body styles:
-Early- High side ladder & brake wheel, single side stiffener
-Mid- Low brake wheel, short side ladders both ends, single side stiffener
-Late- As above but with double side stiffeners (post 1971)
Round or trough hatches
Photo-etched metal roofwalk
Separately applied wire grab irons and stirrup steps
Separate brake cylinder, valve and air reservoir with wire brake plumbing
Numerous detailed outlet versions
Fully-assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
Accurately painted and printed
Highly detailed, injection molded body
Separately applied brake wheel
Genesis 100-ton trucks with 36" machined metal wheels and animated spinning roller bearing caps
Screw mounted trucks
Body mounted McHenry operating scale knuckle couplers
Weighted for trouble free operation
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