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This Product sold out on the original ExactRail.com

 The Bethlehem 3483 Hopper is held by many to be the quintessential Western coal hopper of the modern era. 


In volume 4 number 3 of the Prospector, The Rio Grande Historical Society published “if one had to pick THE signature freight car of the Rio Grande in its final quarter century, it would undoubtedly be the 100 ton quad hopper from Bethlehem Steel Car.”

Hill railroads also purchased the Bethlehem 3483 in quantity. The Great Northern received 100 cars in an attractive, utilitarian paint scheme with the Great Northern moniker. The Burlington railroad placed six separate orders for a total of 1,370 cars. These cars were delivered in both the “Monogram” and “Helvetica” paint schemes. Today, original paint schemes of GN and Burlington 3483 Hoppers have been identified in BNSF Maintenance of Way service. However, when the Hill lines merged in 1970, many cars were repainted in the image of the new corporate identity, Burlington Northern.

These cars went everywhere!

ExactRail has tooled an exceptionally accurate model of the Bethlehem 3483 hopper! And with this release, we are proud to introduce an all-new HO scale draft box. This draft box better approaches scale dimensions, has accurate striker contours and appropriate key detail. And, ExactRail’s Bethlehem 3483 Hopper is factory delivered with Kadee couplers.

ExactRail is pleased to offer the Bethlehem 3483 Hopper in 7 exceptionally accurate paint schemes. Update your rolling stock today with highly authentic replicas of a common prototype!

SKU Numbers EP-81458-1 & 81459-1 are the same "As Delivered" paint schemes but include a Moniker (See images)
ExactRail's Bethlehem 3483 hopper is complete with exclusive features, including:

• ExactRail’s equalized 100 ton ASF Ride Control Trucks
• Machined metal wheel sets and axles
• Kadee ® #58 “scale” couplers
• Narrow-style draft box, featuring: key detail, shank wedges, striker castings and full nut and bolt detail
• Numerous separately applied details, including: double door Wine locks, brake levers, bell cranks, air hoses and brake appliance details!
• Exceptionally accurate printing and colors!
• Wire coupler cut levers, grab irons, brake rods and lever hangers!

A Word About Coal Loads:
Creating realistic loads for ExactRail’s Bethlehem’s hoppers has been a passion. We did not feel as though it was enough to design loads in a computer-generated environment. The curves and proportions of a coal load are nuanced; and we know what it should look like when correctly rendered. Unless we could hold it in our hand, look at in the car, and see it from all angles, we felt that we would be at risk of missing the mark in some subtle way. So, we struck a different path.

For the loads of the Bethlehem hoppers, ExactRail created resin masters. These loads were carefully filed to shape by hand. When we felt like we had the perfect shape, we evaluated. Then, we refined. The next day, we would look at the project with fresh eyes, and we would refine again. After well over a week of revisions, we arrived at a place where amendments were the subtlest changes of curve and form. Not until then were we were absolutely confidant that the look and feel of heap load had been accurately captured.

X - Bethlehem 3483 Hopper: D&RGW: "As Delivered"

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