The Committee Design hopper is the most important open hopper on the Penn Central railroad. The car was developed as a joint effort between the Pennsylvania, Norfolk & Western and Chesapeake and Ohio railroads. Production was between July of 1958 and September of 1962. Although it happened to be the case that all three of these railroads owned a version of the Committee Design car, the Pennsylvania Railroad married it.
Across 15 lots and 5 builders, the PRR rostered 16,160 hoppers. These cars passed through Penn Central in massive quantities such that: when Penn Central became Conrail in 1976, 15,087 Committee Design cars went into Conrail ownership! The magnitude of this lot was so large that Conrail abandoned early attempts to standardize around 100-ton conveyances. If you model the railroads of the Northeast from 1958 through the 1980s, the Committee Design Hopper isn't an important hopper car it is THE important hopper car.
If you want to learn more about this prototype, read Arrowhead's / Blaine Hadfield's article in the 2nd Quarter 2018, Volume 17, No. 2 edition of The Prospector, the official publication of the Rio Grande Modeling & Historical Society. Also, see the book Pennsylvania Railroad Steel Open Hopper Cars by John Teichmoeller, and the article in the September 1990 Mainline magazine by Andrew Dow entitled 'The 70 Ton Standard Car of 1958'. Features
- HO Scale Penn Central Paint Scheme Committee Design Hopper Set for A-443591
- Made from high quality material
- Gauge: HO
- Scale: 1:87
- Road Name: Penn Central
- Rail System: Two-Rail System
- Age Level: 17 Years & Up
- Material: Plastic
- Replica of: Committee Design Hopper
- Theme: Transportation
- Vintage: No