Tangent Scale Models General American Dry-Flo Covered Hopper MP Featured

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Tangent 12022 - MP “Original Gray” 1959+ GATC Dry-Flo 3500 Covered Hopper

 

 

General American Transportation Corporation produced a large fleet of 3500 cubic foot “Dry-Flo” covered hoppers beginning in 1959 as a response to customer demands for larger covered hoppers capable of handling bulk commodities. While covered hopper innovations during the 1950s proved valuable to bulk shippers, they wanted covered hoppers that could handle larger quantities of specialized commodities such as such as oats, malt, and rice. Coincidentally, plastic pellet producers were also looking for larger cube covered hoppers that could be easily loaded and unloaded under pressure. The Dry-Flo family of cars was General American’s answer to this call, with gravity-pneumatic or pneumatic-only discharge options available through three different outlet gate versions. These outlet gate variations were marketed as the Dry-Flo, Dry-Flo Chem, and Dia-Flo. Dry-Flo production ended in 1962, however these cars lasted in service well into the 1990s.

The Missouri Pacific version is done in “Original Gray” in the classic original gray scheme from 1959. Like some General American painted cars, these cars include the correct black underframe coloring with distinctive open and close lettering in white on the six underbody bays. MP specified a black car cement roof, which makes them really stand out. On the side of these cars is the classic Missouri Pacific “buzzsaw” logo! We have 3 road numbers available for these models and they are essential to MP modelers as well as interchange road modelers. As a prototype reference of this car offline, Tangent has an example waybill of a MP car offline on EL train NE-74 delivering a load to Agway in Corning NY, courtesy of Pat Moore, EL historian.

One prototype reference photo is in the grid of model/prototype photos below.

Features for these replicas include:

  • Dimensional accuracy – designed from General American plans and verified with field measurements
  • Highly correct “true to life” colors
  • “Hyper-Accurate” lettering including exact fonts and lettering placement
  • Genuine Kadee® scale couplers
  • “Near-scale” draft gear box with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail
  • Multiple road numbers for each scheme
  • “See through” etched metal running boards
  • Road-specific details for each scheme, including 2 different truck options, 2 different shaker brackets, 3 different brakewheels, and 3 different handbrake housings
  • Lacy details – wire grab irons and coupler lift bars
  • Separate air hoses
  • CNC-machined 33” wheels in high quality Tangent Scale Models trucks, with semi-scale wheels available separately
  • Recommended age 14 years and older

MP Dry Flo Proto

DryFlo Side    DryFlo Side 2Dry Flo end     DryFlo Roof

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