Available Items

20-95705

O Scale Premier 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car
  • Reading

20-92406

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Reading

20-92407

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Reading

20-95706

O Scale Premier 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car
  • Erie

20-92408

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Erie

20-92409

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Erie

20-95707

O Scale Premier 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car
  • Baltimore & Ohio

20-92410

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Baltimore & Ohio

20-92411

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Baltimore & Ohio

20-95708

O Scale Premier 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car
  • Delaware & Hudson

20-92412

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Delaware & Hudson

20-92413

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Delaware & Hudson

20-95709

O Scale Premier 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car
  • Norfolk Southern

20-92414

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Norfolk Southern

20-92415

O Scale Premier 6-Car 2-Bay Fish Belly Hopper Car Set
  • Norfolk Southern

2024 Premier O Scale Fish Belly Hopper Cars Announced

February 13, 2024 - M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing the 2024 Premier O Scale Fish Belly Hopper Cars in five different liveries late next Summer. Each of these offerings will be available in two car numbers as well as individually numbered six-car sets. The limited production run is set to begin shipping to M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in September 2024.

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PROTOTYPE HISTORY

Unlike equipment that carried a variety of loads, like boxcars, flatcars, and gondolas, this two-bay hopper was designed specifically for one cargo: anthracite coal on railroads of the eastern seaboard. Its capacity matched the volume of coal that a pair of typical 50-ton freight trucks could carry. And its “fishbelly” 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 two-bay car was ideal for delivery of clean-burning anthracite to coal dealers who served the home heating market. In contrast, dirtier-burning bituminous coal, used more commonly by large industrial customers, often traveled in bigger three- and four-bay hoppers.

 

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Product Features

  • Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Body
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
  • Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
  • Colorful, Attractive Paint Schemes
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
  • Needle-Point Axles
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions
  • O Scale Kadee Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
  • Unit Measures: 9 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 3”
  • Operates On O-31 Curves