Milwaukee, Wis. - Walthers announces the release of new paint schemes and roadnumbers for its ready-to-run Gold Line™ RD-4 Hoppers in HO Scale. The cars will be offered in six-pack sets in December 2007.
Introduced in the 1990s by Trinity, the RD-4 (Rapid Discharge IV) was built for modern coal users. Featuring lightweight aluminum construction, the cars are slightly larger than earlier designs, allowing them to carry 4,200 cubic feet of payload. To further reduce operating costs, the cars are fitted with five rapid discharge bays that permit unloading while in motion. Some users have opted to add rotary couplers so that cars can be unloaded with their existing rotary dumpers, allowing the cars to be mixed in trains with coal gondolas such as BethGon CoalPorters. The cars are currently in service with several railroads and utility companies, where they operate in unit trains between mines and power plants.
Walthers ready-to-run Gold Line HO Trinity RD-4 Coal Hoppers feature highly detailed bodies and a diecast underframe. For modelers who want more realism, a complete set of wire grab irons is included, while molded drill starter points on the body simplify installation. To make it easy to model a complete unit train, the cars come in six packs. Each includes cars painted for the same owner, featuring different roadnumbers.
Walthers also offers a set of six realistic cast-resin coal loads for these cars. This item, #933-1074, is sold separately and priced at $17.98.
For more information about Walthers Gold Line freight cars, or to locate a dealer, visit Walthers on the Internet at walthers.com. Call 414-527-0770 or write Walthers, P.O. Box 3039, Milwaukee, WI 53201-3039.
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