Rivet Counter HO Scale Thrall 48' 2-Hood Coil Steel Car, Norfolk & Western/NS Gray Hoods
In the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, collaborating with two Detroit-area railroads, created the modern coil steel car design. Over the years, several freight car manufacturers built similar cars, including Thrall Car Manufacturing which constructed these 48-foot, twin hood cars in the 1980s and 1990s. The first Thrall cars had a 100-ton capacity, but later versions were built to a 125-ton capacity. Wearing the protective hoods, the car can carry coils up to 7 feet in diameter. They can carry coils up to 10 feet with the hoods removed. The flat-top hoods from the first designs have been replaced with a rounded top design that is both easier to manufacture and is stronger.
The all-new Rivet Counter™ HO Scale Thrall Manufacturing 48’ 2-Hood Coil Steel Car is the definitive model of this unique freight car. True to the prototype, the car features railroad, road number, and era-specific™ features like 5 unique hood versions; as-delivered or contemporary paint schemes; 4 positionable load dividers; 4 large unwrapped coil steel loads with metal weight inside each; a finely detailed body with dual trough design and center divider; plus 16 walkway side supports and simulated wood trough interior. Depending on the type of steel you’re hauling, the car can be used without hoods as well.
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