About the Denver & Rio Grande Western '3-1974 - As-Delivered' paint scheme:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western had a huge fleet of 2,795 Bethlehem 3483 Hoppers. The first batch arrived in 1964 and the final in 1982. From 1964 to 1975 the cars were all numbered within the 16000 series road numbers. In 1975 and after all available 16000 series numbers were used, the D&RGW began using the 19000 series road numbers. They then exhausted this series and began using the 12000 series in 1979.
The Bethlehem 3483 hoppers that the D&RGW received for the first 10 years had angle reinforcing mounted to the top chord of the hoppers. In 1974, the cars that were delivered under equipment series 16160-16274 were the first without this feature. This group of 18 cars are selected from this of series of road numbers. While the 1974 and the 1978 delivered cars in this release are mostly the same paint scheme, there are a few differences. The 74 delivered cars have an ACI stencil, large single lube stencil and lacks the lessor stencil. The 78 delivered cars have a double panel lube stencil, they have a lessor stencil and no ACI label. There are a few other small differences. Today the 16000 series of hoppers have largely been scrapped by Union Pacific but could on occasion be seen in the early 2010s.
Scale: HO Scale
Product Line: Platinum Series
Coupler Type: Kadee #158
Truck Type: ExactRail ASF 100 Ton Ride Control Trucks
Wheels: CNC-Machined 36" wheels
Era: 1974 - 2010's
Comes with 2 coal load styles!
With the ExactRail Bethlehem 3483 Hopper you will receive 2 different coal load styles! We think that these hand shaped loads are some of the most accurate representations of flood and heap style coal loads available. Learn more about them HERE.
HO Scale: Bethlehem 3483 Hopper - Denver & Rio Grande Western '3-1974 - As-Delivered'
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