The Airslide covered hopper was introduced by General American Transportation Corporation (GATX) in 1953. Approximately 5,000 of the 2600 cubic foot cars were built between that year and 1969.
The Airslide is primarily designed for the bulk shipment of dry, granular or powdered commodities. The design of that car is such that it can be loaded and unloaded quickly and with little spillage through the use of air pressure. The most common commodities carried include flour, sugar and starch.
- Fully assembled and ready for your layout
- "Early" version Airslide, with the prototype having been built from 1955-1965, before major design changes were implemented
- Highly detailed model with many separately applied parts
- Photo-etched roof walk and brake platform
- Screw mounted trucks for accurate tracking
- Machined metal wheels
- McHenry knuckle couplers installed
- Minimum radius: 9 3/4"