The Atlas Master N Scale 41' Ballast Hopper is based on fleets of open-top hoppers used since the 1970s by several railroads for hauling and dumping track ballast. For railroads, the maintenance of their tracks and right of way is a pivotal part to their success and safety. In order to keep a well-balanced and smooth roadbed means a good portion of ballast must be laid down and reapplied when necessary. Usually a string of ballast hoppers are called in for this job. Unlike a regular open top hopper car, ballast hoppers have specialized longitudinal gates at the bottom of the bed that allows the ballast to be spread to the sides of the rail. Most railroads have their own fleet for this maintenance work, but many also lease cars from companies such as Herzog for large or specialized projects. This N Scale 41' Ballast Hopper model features crisp lettering, durable body, fine end ladder and end details, free rolling trucks and magnetic knuckle couplers. Use them in your quarry and work train consists.