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HO Bethgon Coalporter with Load, BNSF #2 (5)

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Newly re-tooled bodies.

Separate wire form grab irons, etched metal coupler platforms.

36” machined metal wheels with RP25 contours.

MODEL FEATURES:

  • Newly Re-tooled Body
  • Separate wire form grab irons, etched metal coupler platforms
  • Separately applied brake wheel
  • Multiple road numbers
  • 36” machined metal wheels with RP25 contours
  • Weighted for optimum performance
  • Body-mounted McHenry® operating scale knuckle couplers
  • Highly-detailed, injection-molded body
  • Painted and printed for realistic decoration
  • Minimum radius: 18”

PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:

The Coalporter was developed in an effort to create a higher-capacity, more efficient coal car. Built by Bethlehem Steel’s Johnstown American Corporation, the BethGon features all-aluminum construction and a unique trough-style bottom for added carrying capacity.

This ‘Bathtub’ design increased the cubic capacity of the car and gave the added advantage of a lower center of gravity for better tracking. Coalporters generally operate in solid unit trains. One end of each car is equipped with a rotary coupler, to allow a train to be fed through a rotary unloader without uncoupling the cars.

Product Specs

Sub Brand
ATHEARN
Scale
HO
Coupler Style
McHenry Scale Knuckle
Era
1991-2009, 2010-Present Day
Reporting Mark
BNSF