Now Available! New Paint schemes of the HO Scale: Bethlehem 3737 Hopper!

July 30, 2021 3 Comments

Now Available! New Paint schemes of the HO Scale: Bethlehem 3737 Hopper!

Now Available for Advanced Purchase! Shipping in September!

The Bethlehem 3737/3716 Hopper is an icon railcar of the last quarter century, and ExactRail is pleased to announce a new release of the Bethlehem 3737/3716 Hoppers in 3 all new paint schemes, new road numbers, undecorated kits and 2 exclusive paint schemes!

With over 10,000 units produced, this is one of the most prolific, Western steel hoppers of last 40 years. The first Bethlehem 3737/3716 delivery went to the Chicago & Eastern Illinois in 1973, and subsequent orders went to the Texas & Pacific, Missouri Pacific, Chicago & North Western as well as various utilities, like Indianapolis Power and Light. These are still in service as of 2021, and many have been rebuilt into 4000 capacity cars—which, ExactRail also offers!

ExactRail is offering three all-new paint schemes, undecorated kits and new road numbers for the EWSX 'Reddy Kilowatt' paint scheme and two all new schemes exclusive for

Check out these Features:

  • Unparalleled attention to letter accuracy and placement.
  • ExactRail’s equalized 100 ton ASF Ride Control Trucks
  • Machined metal wheel sets and axles
  • Kadee ® #158 “scale” couplers
  • Narrow-style draft box, featuring: key detail, shank wedges, striker castings and full nut and bolt detail
  • Wire coupler cut levers, grab irons, brake rods and lever hangers!
  • 2 Load Styles included with each hopper!

Other Accurate Bethlehem 3737 details, include:

  • Single door Wine locks
  • 4’ 10.5” vertical brake lever
  • Welded top chord gussets
  • Sub center sill brake rod
  • Etched metal slake adjustor guard
  • Interior braces
  • Interior wheel well panels
  • Floor mounted air reservoir

Learn More:

Indianapolis Power & Light - 1973 'As-Delivered

Coming in 12 New Road Numbers!

Indianapolis Power & Light (EWSX) 1973 “As Delivered” paint scheme: Utility companies leased or purchased Bethlehem 3737 hoppers to move coal to Midwestern power companies. Indianapolis Power & Light painted their #10051-10100 series cars with yellow panels and a large Reddy Kilowatt figure. ExactRail has rendered with exceptionally accuracy this striking paint scheme.

Indianapolis Power & Light

Indianapolis Power & Light - 1975 'As-Delivered

Coming in 6 Road Numbers!

These Indianapolis Power & Light cars were delivered in October 1975 and numbered from 30001 to 30140. Gone was the large yellow Reddy Kilowatt billboard and in its place was the large IPALCO (Indianapolis Power And Light CO). For a few years both schemes could be seen running together, however by the mid 1980s both schemes had been repainted.

Missouri Pacific - 1980 - 'As- Delivered'

Coming in 9 New Road Numbers!

Missouri Pacific took delivery of more Bethlehem 3716 Hoppers durring 1980. This batch numbered from 582500-582999 and added to Missouri Pacific's already huge fleet of Bethlehem hoppers. These were painted with MP's Screaming Eagle.

Union Pacific - 1985 - Repaint

Coming in 1 Road Number!

MP 582216 is an odd, and as far as we know, unique car. Painted in the same stacked UNION PACIFIC scheme commonly seen on UP's massive Bethlehem 3600 Hopper fleet, but with MP reporting marks. In fact when we first saw it, we assumed it was just another 3600 cu.ft. hopper. This sheep in wolves clothing if you will, be a great welcome in you mid 1980s to modern day coal train.

Inland Steel1974 'As-Delivered

Coming in 12 Road Numbers!

INLX is a Exclusive paint scheme. Inland Steel took delivery of 100 cars in 1974. These cars were built by Bethlehem Steel in 1974 on their 3844 cu.ft. design. At first glance, these car look just like a 3737 design, however they are about 15" longer.

SOO Line 1967 'As-Delivered'

Coming in 9 Road Numbers!

SOO Line is a Exclusive paint scheme. In late 1967, SOO Line took delivery of 50 Bethlehem built 3502 Hoppers. These hoppers, have a visual appearance similar to the 3737 hoppers but stand about 6" shorter. Although this is a stand-in scheme, it was developed with care and guidance from some of the highest authorities of SOO Line rolling stock.


3 Responses

Tom Gerald
Tom Gerald

August 11, 2021

Any chance we will see these black with Data only?

Chris Willis
Chris Willis

August 02, 2021

This is awesome, I’ve been waiting years for someone to produce a quality model that offered Indianapolis Power & Light. These used to roll through my small Indiana town when i was a child. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Adam Chilcote
Adam Chilcote

August 02, 2021

Kits too?

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