2021 RailKing 4-Bay Hopper Cars Announced
June 29, 2021 - M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing several limited-edition releases of the RailKing 4-Bay Hopper Car in four different liveries later this Fall. These unique releases are expected to arrive in November 2021.
Unlike equipment that carried a variety of loads, like boxcars, flatcars, and gondolas, this four-bay hopper was designed specifically for one cargo: bituminous coal. Its capacity matched the volume of coal that a pair of typical 70-ton freight trucks could carry. And its slope sheets — the angled floors at either end of the car — were set at precisely the angle at which coal would flow easily from its bottom doors. (Covered grain hoppers, for example, require much steeper slope sheets.)
The large four-bay car was ideal for delivery of bituminous coal to large industrial customers and railroads. In contrast, cleanerburning anthracite coal, shipped more commonly to small, local coal dealers who served the home heating market, often traveled in smaller two-bay hoppers.
Check out each of the schemes in the list on the left.
- Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
- Colorful, Attractive Paint Scheme
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
- Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
- Needle-Point Axles
- (2) Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
- Detailed Brake Wheel
- Near-Scale Proportions
- Unit Measures: 11 3/4 x 2 1/2 x 2 3/4
- Operates On O-27 Curves