Atlas Model Railroad Co. Trinity PD5000 Covered Hopper - Ready to Run


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The Atlas N Scale PD5000 5-Bay Pressure Differential Covered Hopper is based on the original North American Car Company (NACC) design for a 5150 cu ft PD covered hopper, which was later manufactured as a 5125 cubic foot model by Trinity Industries. The Pressure Differential, or PD covered hopper was designed as a competitor to the General American Transportation Airslide hopper in the early 1970s to transport light, powdered materials. Unlike the Airslide, which forced pressurized air up through a fabric liner to help fluidize the cargo, the PS series of hoppers applied both a positive pressure of about 15 lbs. psi above the outlets as well as a vacuum at the outlet to help draw the cargo from the car. This design was well suited to products with very small particle size, such as talc, clay, plaster, and cement which would readily foul the fabric liner in an Airslide design. In addition, since the upper hatches did not need to be opened during unloading, the PD hopper was also ideal for transporting goods where contamination by outside air, dirt, or moisture could affect the load. These cars were mostly provided as lease cars, and as such, carried many colorful schemes and product logos during their lifetimes, however several major railroads such as Norfolk Southern purchased fleets as well. This N Scale car features and etched-metal roofwalk, finely molded end cage, appropriate free-rolling trucks and AccuMate(R) magnetic knuckle couplers.