ExactRail will preview the all-new Bethlehem 3483 Hopper at the National Train Show in Atlanta, Georgia!
Built in 1964, the Bethlehem 3483 Hopper is held by many to be the quintessential Western coal hopper of the modern era.
In volume 4 number 3 of the Prospector, The Rio Grande Historical Society published “if one had to pick THE [sic] signature freight car of the Rio Grande in its final quarter century, it would undoubtedly be the 100 ton quad hopper from Bethlehem Steel Car.” The Rio Grande railroad placed 13 separate orders for the 3483. These orders totaled 2,795 cars.
Hill railroads also purchased the Bethlehem 3483 in quantity. The Great Northern received 100 cars in an attractive, utilitarian paint scheme with the Great Northern moniker. The Burlington railroad placed six separate orders for a total of 1,370 cars. These cars were delivered in both the “Monogram” and Helvetica, “Pre-Merger” paint schemes. When the Hill lines merged in 1970, these cars were repainted in the image of the new corporate identity, Burlington Northern.
ExactRail has tooled an exceptionally accurate model of the Bethlehem 3483 hopper! And with this release, we are proud to introduce an all-new HO scale draft box. This draft box better approaches scale dimensions, has accurate striker contours and appropriate key detail—unprecedented from a major manufacturer. And, ExactRail’s Bethlehem 3483 Hopper is factory delivered with Kadee couplers.
The model in the photograph is an early, pre-production test sample. The Bethlehem 3483 hopper will be complete with Kadee “scale” whisker couplers and exceptionally accurate pad printing. The model will be available in late 2013.
ExactRail loves Eastern modelers too. With a blog post on Friday, July 12th, we will show the second, all-new model to be on display at the National Train Show!
Blaine Hadfield Vice President, Product ExactRail
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