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MTH Premier 20-97830 Union Pacific Coalporter Hopper with Coal Load

MTH Premier 20-97830 Union Pacific Coalporter Hopper with Coal Load
MTH Premier 20-97830 Union Pacific Coalporter Hopper with Coal Load
Manf Stock # 20-97830 #28307
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SKU 15393
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The Coalporter is one of the latest evolutions in the more-than-150-year history of the American coal hopper. But technically speaking, it's not a hopper. It's a high-sided gondola, because it lacks the bottom-opening doors that characterize a true hopper. The only way to unload a Coalporter is to turn it upside down, which is exactly what happens at the rotary unloading facilities at factories and power plants served by Coalporter trains.

The Coalporter was developed by Bethlehem Steel Car in 1978, in an effort to create a higher-capacity, more efficient coal car. The traditional bottom hoppers were replaced by twin tubs, or troughs, that filled the space between the trucks. These increased the cubic capacity of the car and gave the added advantage of a lower center of gravity for better tracking. These original Coalporters were steel-bodied, but a drop in aluminum prices in the mid-1980s opened the door to the introduction of the aluminum-bodied BethGon Coalporter in 1985.

The switch to aluminum shaved five tons off the car's weight - meaning that each car could carry five tons of additional payload, or an additional 575 tons of coal in a typical Coalporter unit train. It took awhile to convince railroads of the durability of aluminum in heavy coal service, but the BethGon Coalporter - the prototype for our model - eventually sold well, with the 50,000th car being delivered in 1998. Over the years, Bethlehem Steel Car became Johnstown-America Corp. and then FreightCar America. But a slightly updated version of the original Coalporter, now called the aluminum BethGon II, is still in production.

MTH Premier O Scale freight cars are the perfect complement to any manufacturer's scale proportioned O Gauge locomotives. Whether you prefer to purchase cars separately or assemble a unit train, MTH Premier Rolling Stock has the cars for you in a variety of car types and paint schemes.


  • O-Gauge, O-Scale
  • Removable Coal Load
  • Intricately Detailed Durable ABS Body
  • Metal Wheels and Axles
  • Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
  • Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
  • Colorful, Attractive Paint Scheme
  • Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
  • Needle-Point Axles
  • 1:48 Scale Dimensions
  • Separate Metal Handrails
  • Decorative Brake Wheels
  • Length: 13"
  • Operates On O-31 Curves

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