Best HO Scale boxcar ever made? Tangent Scale Models Pennsylvania Railroad built x58 boxcars are on the shelves now!

April 7, 2015

The Tangent Scale Models HO Scale x58 Pennsylvania RR Boxcar Replica.

Tangent Scale Models have introduce their next ALL-NEW freight car replica, the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) X58 Class Box Car. These highly detailed models are on the shelves at White Rose Hobbies now!

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Between 1964 and 1966, the Pennsylvania Railroad built a large fleet of new multiple-purpose boxcars. Constructed as class “X58,” PRR rapidly produced 2,565 cars, plus another 100 for Lehigh Valley. PRR outfitted the interiors of some cars with “loader” appliances and/or insulation which resulted in PRR designating 4 sub-classes: X58, X58A, X58B, and X58C. Being highly-useful boxcars, X58 boxcars were rampant nationwide roamers during their service life. Because of the quality and utility of this large fleet, many X58s lasted beyond the Conrail era, with some being repainted into NS, however most cars were retired in the mid-2000s.

Many X58 cars labored in original PRR paint for 30+ years. Some X58 cars were shopped and painted during the Penn Central era, where PC typically removed the roof running boards and also lowered the brake appliances and ladders. Cars typically shopped during the Conrail era had their roof running boards removed yet retained their high brake appliances. Tangent offers these “time-distinctive” phase variations with their cutting edge RTR models. The Tangent Scale Models HO scale PRR X58 replicas also include one key production variation: either a Keystone or Hydra-cushion underframe. The Tangent PRR X58 includes their “near-scale” extended-length draft sill with beautifully-rendered side “key” detail and gorgeous “trombone-style” coupler lift bars, plus accurate ASF 70-ton roller bearing trucks as utilized by PRR. Finally, the Tangent scale replicas operate as well as they look, equipped with free-rolling CNC-machined wheels and Kadee® scale couplers, meaning these models are truly ready-to-run.

The initial release includes the following variations:

– PRR “Original 1965 X58″ Insulated w/ DFB in the attractive “PRR freight car red” scheme wearing yellow “Insulated,” “DFB,” and “Cushioned Car” stencils. Like PRR paint practices, this car has an unpainted galvanized roof and running board, except for the ends that have the characteristic paint spray line as seen in overhead photos of these cars when fresh. Our first run of PRR painted cars has a keystone underframe and represents production from 11-65. These classics are available in six road numbers.

– PC “1973 X58 Repaint” in distinctive PC green with large worms. Our first PC variant is one of the most common PC repaints, shopped in 1973. This series of cars includes a hydra-cushion underframe, and typical of many PC repaints is detailed to accurately replicate a car with a full shopping. This model features no running board, lowered side and end ladders, and lowered brake appliances. Only with Tangent Scale Models do you get this sort of era-specific attention to detail with your boxcar modeling. Additionally, each car has tiny one inch lettering that identifies the former PRR car number each car represents. Our PC replicas are available with 6 road numbers.

– CR “1987 X58B Repaint” in the striking, 1987-correct Conrail repaint scheme. These cars feature a medium-sized “can opener” herald accurately rendered, and represent a former series of PRR cars with keystone underframes. Typical of Conrail shopped cars at the time, the roofwalk has been removed, however the brake appliances were left where PRR originally applied them: up high, with high ladders only at the B-end of the car. The A-end ladders have been lowered in accordance with Conrail shop practices. Additionally, our cars include the third door arm located in the top center of the plug door, ala prototype application. Our gorgeous Conrail scheme is available in three road numbers.

– NS “1999 X58 Repaint Class BP8″ in the NS full brown repaint scheme. This series represents cars that survived beyond the Conrail split, where NS repainted some of their cars with full NS graphics starting in 1999. Like the Conrail car above, the car has high brake appliances but lowered ladders at the A-end of the car due to the lack of running board on the roof. See the photos at the Tangent website for more details. These cars lasted in service into the 2000s, and these sharp models are available in three road numbers for the modern modeler!


New PS 4000 Covered Hoppers from Tangent Models

August 7, 2011

Tangent’s PS 4000 hopper is now available in Monon, Wabash, Nickel Plate Road, and CGW.

Tangent continues to set the bar for HO Scale models, so much so that they are able to call their models replicas. These replicas may cost a lot more then an average HO scale model, but they are far from average.

Check out our Tangent Scale Models page here: http://www.dccinstalled.com/HO-Scale-Tangent-Scale-Models-s/3521.htm.

We have most paint schemes of the Tangent ACF 70 Ton Gondola in-stock including all 4 Pennsylvania RR varieties. The latest run of Penn Central gondolas is going quick and will probably be sold out soon.


Tanget Models Union Pacific Bethlehem Quad Hoppers are ready to hit the rails!

July 18, 2010

Tangent Scale Models is proud to offer the 3600 cubic foot Bethlehem Steel design open quad hopper – as delivered to Union Pacific – as the fourth all-new model in their HO scale product line.   These cars represent UP’s largest fleet of coal hoppers in company history.   First produced in 1974 by Bethlehem Steel as UP class H-100-10, production of a majority of the fleet occurred in UP’s Albina Shops in Portland OR between 1976 and 1981.   Production of this important fleet ended with the H-100-23 class, after UP placed more than 6,900 of these “quad” hoppers in service in the rapidly-growing Western low-sulfur coal market.   As usual, Tangent Scale Models is the first manufacturer to offer this unique model in HO Scale plastic!   With these cars wandering far beyond just UP rails in both unit and carload services, consider adding some of these replicas to your layout or collection.

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Click Here to see all 9 Schemes plus an undecorated model!

Priced at 32.95 for singles and 88.95 for 3-Packs!


HO Scale Tangent Gons are back with 3 New Schemes!

July 16, 2010

Tangent Gons are back! Tangent is re-releasing their 70-ton drop end gondolas. In addition to the origional roads and shemes they have added: Penn Central, DL&W, and a new PRR scheme! Check them out today. We are urging customers to pre-order ASAP so that we can make sure we get the ones you want!

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Click on each car above or HERE to see them all!

PRE-ORDER now! They are expected to be shipping by the end of July!


NEW BLMA N Scale Freight Car! The PS-4000 Covered Hopper

September 19, 2009

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Behold! BLMA Models second N Scale freight car – the PS-4000 Covered Hopper. This isn’t just a new freight car, it’s the beginning of a NEW era of N Scale models. Featuring extremely fine-scale detail, perfectly matched paint, razor sharp lettering, and Micro-Trains body-mounted couplers, these models are literally scale replicas.

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If you are familiar with Tangent Scale Models in HO Scale then you know what to expect from this new BLMA model. BLMA has teamed up with Tangent to create this N scale first!

Click Here to check out all the details and Pre-Order Today!

BLMA has also announced their new line of N Scale Trucks in both ASF’s 100-Ton and 70-Ton version. The new trucks will not only look great but operate smoothly!

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Also available on DCCinstalled.com!