NARC - N Scale - 3 Bay Hopper - NSC 5431 cuft - leased to Louis Dreyfus Company (NKLX)(Gray/Black Lettering/ Black Logo)(Special Features) - Single Car - Road Numbers 1-12 Available - Version 4 (SKU 11-16001006)
Available On: August 1, 2022
for some time now we have been working on our next car to produce. That car will be the 5431 cu ft National Steel Car 3 Bay Hopper.
This new car will be the replacement car for all the Cylindrical Hoppers that wher ebuilt in the 1970's, 80's and 90's in Canada to transport Canadian Grains.
Here is some background information on the new car:
1. They’re lighter
The new generation of grain train is not your daddy’s grain train.
There are many differences, but two of the biggest changes are:
Eventually Canada’s government owned fleet of grain hopper cars will be replaced, and when they are, crop movement will become more efficient.
That is because modern grain hopper cars can carry more grain in shorter, lighter cars.
The standard hopper car that was built decades ago can carry a volume of 4,550 cubic feet, weighs 62,000 lb. and is about 60 feet long.
Cars built today can carry a volume of 5,431 cubic feet, but weigh 2,000 lb. less and are more than four feet shorter.
This means that each modern car can carry about 10 tonnes more grain.
And because they are shorter, there can be more cars on each train.
The result is that a train pulling all new grain cars would be able to move about 20 percent more grain than a train of the same length pulling the old cars.
The same number of train engines would be used, so the amount of fuel used to transport each tonne of grain would fall.
The efficient use of locomotives is also behind the move to longer trains.
In the concrete elevator building boom of the 1990s, the state of the art was to have a 100-car siding to accommodate full trains.
The standard size grain train in Canada in recent years was 112 cars.
But Keith Creel, Canadian Pacific Railway president and chief operating officer, says the day of the 112-car train is dead and the new norm will be 134 cars.
The new generation of elevators built today has loop tracks able to accommodate and quickly load 134 cars.
And with investment in new and expanded rail sidings, the railways say they are able to increase speeds by 25 to 30 percent in certain corridors.
Features of the model as appropriate per prototype:
There are 12 road numbers available in this release, change quantity in cart to order more than a single car, road numbers are:
NKLX 200000-200273 (with long gravity outlet gates) 2017 to present / trough 11 welded panels, 11 running board supports, squared hatch, type 1 jack pad, type 2 beveled end - leased to Louis Dreyfus Corporation LDC - Version 4
NKLX 200274-200497 (with long gravity outlet gates) 2019 to present / trough 11 welded panels, 11 running board supports, squared hatch, type 1 jack pad, type 2 beveled end - leased to Louis Dreyfus Corporation LDC - Version 4