Bluford Shops is proud to announce the second group of our new 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers in N scale.


  • Die cast slope sheet-hopper bay-center sill assembly
  • Injection molded plastic sides, ends, and hopper doors
  • Fully molded brake tank, valve and air lines
  • Body mounted brake hose detail
  • Load
  • Body mounted magnetically operating knuckle couplers
  • Close coupling
  • Fox Valley Models metal wheels
    All road names will be available in multiple road numbers. For instance, order a single, a 2-pack and a 3-pack to get all six road numbers on a run. (Some road names will be available in just three road numbers.) Pre-orders are now open on this group and will close on June 26.  Delivery is expected in early 2018.

Cambria & Indiana was a shortline linking its namesake counties in Pennsylvania. C&I had always owned many more hoppers than they could possibly load on their own line. This large fleet was rented to other railroads to load where they were needed. In 1950, the railroad was sold to Bethlehem Steel who could then keep their own freight car production lines busy between orders building hoppers for the C&I which could then be rented out. This group was built in 1952.
Item Number: 66121  Cambria & Indiana single MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66122  Cambria & Indiana 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

This Chesapeake & Ohio paint scheme was adopted for use on their 2-Bay Offset Side Hoppers in 1948 and continued to be applied until 1954 when a small change was made to the “For Progress” logo. C&O’s hopper fleet was immense. This group encompassed 5,000 cars split between three builders.
Item Number: 66131  Chesapeake & Ohio post-1948 single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number:  66132  Chesapeake & Ohio post-1948 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 66133  Chesapeake & Ohio post-1948 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

The fortunes of the Delaware & Hudson had been built on anthracite but by the early 1970s, anthracite traffic was but a memory and this group of hoppers was assigned for loading ilmenite tailings in Tahawas, New York likely for delivery to processors in New Jersey and Missouri. Ilmenite is the ore from which titanium is produced. We are including “ilmenite” loads for this run.
Item Number: 66141  Delaware & Hudson ilmenite svc. single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66142  Delaware & Hudson ilmenite svc. 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 66143  Delaware & Hudson ilmentie svc. 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

Frisco took delivery of this group of hoppers from Mt. Vernon Car in 1948. SLSF generated a surprising amount of coal from regions in eastern Kansas, Oklahoma, and western Arkansas as well as an important deposit in northern Alabama. Much of this coal was interchanged to connecting lines for delivery to steel mills.
Item Number: 66151  Frisco black single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66152  Frisco black 2-pack  MSRP:$49.90
Item Number: 66153  Frisco black 3-pack  MSRP:$74.85

Litchfield & Madison was a 44 mile railroad linking Madison, Illinois (across the Mississippi River from St. Louis) and Litchfield. They funneled through traffic from Chicago & North Western and Illinois Central to the St. Louis area and loaded coal from large deposits along the line. This group of offset side hoppers was built just after America’s entry into the Second World War. For some reason, the order seemed to have been split between cars with Wine-style corner pleats (favored by C&NW and featured on our models) and Enterprise-style pleats (favored by IC.) The L&M was merged into Chicago & North Western in 1958.
Item Number: 66161  Litchfield & Madison single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66162  Litchfield & Madison 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

Pittsburg & Shawmut picked up this group of 200 hoppers on the secondhand market in 1960. They had previously made up part of the Erie Railroad fleet. The P&S during this period was an 88 mile line linking Brockway and Freeport, Pennsylvania. Most of the traffic was coal loaded along the line that was interchanged to other lines for final delivery.
Item Number: 66171  Pittsburg & Shawmut single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66172  Pittsburg & Shawmut 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

This Reading speed letter paint scheme was adopted following the abandonment of the “Road Of Anthracite” motto. Reading continued to load a considerable amount of bituminous coal. A number of cars from this group were leased to Reading’s parent Baltimore & Ohio to relieve a severe hopper shortage on that line. Much of this fleet was intact at the time of the Conrail consolidation in 1976.
Item Number: 66181  Reading speed letter single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66182  Reading speed letter 2-pack  MSRP:$49.90
Item Number: 66183  Reading speed letter 3-pack  MSRP:$74.85

Texas & Pacific took delivery of this group of hoppers in 1938 from Bethlehem Steel. The fleet survived nearly intact a decade into the diesel era before retirements even began. It’s likely these cars were used to carry lignite and petroleum coke (we are including black loads to reflect either of these cargoes) and stone.
Item Number: 66191  Texas & Pacific single  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 66192  Texas & Pacific 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

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