Bluford Shops is proud to announce the second group of our new 8-Panel 2-Bay Hoppers. 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.) Delivery is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Orders Due By June 4, 2017


  • Ready-to-run
  • 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

Birmingham Southern ordered this fleet of hoppers from neighbor Pullman Standard for the purpose of delivering coal, coke, limestone and iron ore to the mills of BS’s parent company, United States Steel in the greater Birmingham area. “Coal/coke” loads are included for this run.
Item Number: 65091  Birmingham Southern single car  MSRP $24.95
Item Number: 65092  Birmingham Southern 2-pack  MSRP $49.90


Chicago & Eastern Illinois received this group of hoppers in 1952 from Pressed Steel Car, located on the C&EI in Mount Vernon, Illinois. The middle fork of the C&EI served several large mines in southern Illinois and this traffic was very important to the line.
Item Number: 65101  Chicago & Eastern Illinois single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65102  Chicago & Eastern Illinois 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65103  Chicago & Eastern Illinois 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

These Chessie-C&O hoppers began life as offset side hoppers but in the 1960s, C&O began rebuilding them into 8-panel hoppers. In 1973, they adopted the Chessie System image. Heavy traffic and persistent car shortages led to these cars remaining in service through the 80s.
Item Number: 65111  Chesssie-C&O single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65112  Chessie-C&O 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65113  Chessie-C&O 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

Delaware Lackawanna & Western would take delivery of a thousand 8-panel hoppers from ACF over a four year span beginning in 1949. DL&W was “The Road of Anthracite” and wore that motto proudly on their hoppers. Just under half of the surviving DL&W hoppers continued to wear this paint scheme through the Erie Lackawanna era.
Item Number: 65121  Delaware Lackawanna & Western single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65122  Delaware Lackawanna & Western 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65123  Delaware Lackawanna & Western 3-pack MSRP: $74.85

Erie Lackawanna inherited the DL&W fleet in the 1960 merger as well as a fleet of broadly similar cars from Erie. Just over half the fleet would go on to wear this distinctive (if slightly odd) paint scheme. EL soldiered on until 1972 when Hurricane Agnes did significant damage to the EL lines in New York. The railroad continued to operate under bankruptcy protection until it was included in Conrail in 1976.
Item Number: 65131  Erie Lackawanna single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65132  Erie Lackawanna 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65133  Erie Lackawanna 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis received this group of hoppers from Pullman Standard in 1953. NC&St.L ran from Memphis east to Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta. For a time, they had a route to St. Louis by way of Evansville but in 1879, L&N bought a 55% stake in the NC&St.L and transferred that line to themselves. The NC&St.L finally merged into L&N in 1957.
Item Number: 65141  Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis single car MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65142  Nashville Chattanooga & St. Louis 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

This group of New York Central 8-panel hoppers was the result of a rebuilding project. A large group of hoppers built by NYC in 1940 were sent to Greenville Car in 1953 and emerged as 8-panel hoppers in this striking brown and black paint scheme.
Item Number: 65151  New York Central brown/black single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65152  New York Central brown/black 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65153  New York Central brown/black 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

By the time Reading was shopping these former P&R cars in 1951, they were receiving this paint scheme featuring the “America’s Largest Anthracite Carrier” logo. Reading is properly called Reading Company or Reading Lines. The only Reading Railroad is on the Monopoly game board. Please note the Reading 3-pack in this run includes car number RDG 77777 – without a doubt, the luckiest hopper on the line!
Item Number: 65171  Reading single car MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65172  Reading 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65173  Reading 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

The Philadelphia & Reading was likely the first railroad to adopt the 8-panel hopper design. The cars were delivered with rare Vogt-style trucks but these were soon replaced with a more conventional design. The P&R was a subsidiary of the Reading Company. When the company was reorganized, making Reading a common carrier, the P&R name was retired.
Item Number: 65161  Philadelphia & Reading single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65162  Philadelphia & Reading 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

Southern Pacific took delivery of what are probably the final hoppers built of this general 8-panel design from Greenville Steel Car in 1970. They were equipped with 100 ton roller bearing trucks and used to haul gravel. Gravel loads will be included in place of the usual coal loads on this run.
Item Number: 65181  Southern Pacific single car  MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65182  Southern Pacific 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90
Item Number: 65183  Southern Pacific 3-pack  MSRP: $74.85

Tennessee Alabama & Georgia purchased their 8-panel hoppers secondhand in the early 1960s. They were painted in a blue that was closer to the blue used on their locomotives than on their famous TAG boxcars. TAG served a steel mill in Gadsden, Alabama and these cars likely delivered coal and possibly limestone to that mill. TAG was acquired by Southern Railway in 1971 and these cars were integrated into the Southern fleet.
Item Number: 65191  Tennessee Alabama & Georgia single car MSRP: $24.95
Item Number: 65192  Tennessee Alabama & Georgia 2-pack  MSRP: $49.90

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