WILLIAM DEAN WRIGHT
Exceptional Products for Z Scale Modelers
70-Ton 3-Bay Rib-Side Hoppers
Not long after the 50-ton, 2-bay hoppers were perfected, and with many improvements in railroad track, springs, trucks, and couplers along with ever more powerful steam locomotives, the want for a bigger, more economical hopper to haul the burgeoning coal industry's product led to the development of the 70-ton hopper. Many variations were tried between the early 1920s and to well after WWII, featuring a diverse number of ribs and panels of assorted sizes. FT has chosen the popular and common 9-panel type for a Z Scale version as it can be more easily adapted to the tiny lettering and data needed for this size. It's a 40-foot car, a swell size for Z, no bigger than the smallest of the steel boxcars!
All hoppers feature custom coal loads from Hay Brothers and are equipped with Full Throttle FT-100 Bettendorf trucks, metal wheels and knuckle couplers. Click the product thumbnails for larger images or more information (where available).
In compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, we must note that these products
ARE NOT TOYS AND ARE NOT INTENDED FOR USE BY CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 14.
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