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Wood Chip Hoppers


Beginning in the late 50s, wood chips went from something to be disposed of to a valuable commodity. Since wood chips are less dense than coal, gravel and other hopper loads, many railroads added high extensions to standard hoppers for this service. The extentions were simple affairs, either rib sided or flat sided that were welded to the top chords of standard hoppers. Like our coal hoppers, these N scale models will come ready-to-run with knuckle couplers, and loads.

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Smooth Side Woodchip Cars w/Flat Sided Extensions

Boston & Maine Woodchip Car
Boston & Maine Offset Side Wood Chip Hopper with Flat Side Extensions. In 1964 Boston & Maine purchased a modest fleet of used hoppers, added flat steel extensions and assigned them to wood chip loading in Woodsville, New Hampshire. As the New England region’s largest railroad, Boston & Maine relied heavily on traffic for the paper industry.

Boston & Maine Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-16011

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

Boston & Maine Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-16012

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

Boston & Maine Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-16013

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

Canadian National Woodchip Car
Canadian National Offset Side Wood Chip Hopper with Flat Side Extensions. Canadian National also modified standard offset side hoppers for wood chip service in the mid-60s however, their extensions were made largely of plywood with steel reinforcing around the edges. Despite that, the cars were relativly long lived due in large part to the fact that wood chips are far less abrasive than other types of hopper loads.

Canadian National Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-16021

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

Canadian National Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-16022

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

Canadian National Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-16023

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

Kansas City Southern Woodchip Car
Kansas City Southern Offset Side Wood Chip Hopper with Flat Side Extensions. In 1967, Kansas City Southern rebuilt 300 hopper cars for wood chip service. KCS serves the densely forested Ozark Mountains along its mainline from Kansas City to the Gulf Coast.

KCS Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-16032

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

Rib Side Woodchip Cars w/Flat Sided Extensions

Georgia Railroad Woodchip Car
Georgia Railroad Rib Side Wood Chip Hopper with Flat Side Extensions. United States Railway Equipment purchased a number of used 14-panel coal hoppers and sent them to Evans Products in the Chicago area for rebuilding into wood chip hoppers with flat extensions. These car were then leased to Georgia Railroad in 1970.

Georgia Woodchip Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-18012

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

Bluford Shops Seaboard System Woodchip Car
Seaboard System Rib Side Wood Chip Hopper with Flat Side Extensions. The 1983 merger of Seaboard Coast Line, Louisville & Nashville, Georgia Railroad, Clinchfield, Atlanta & West Point and Western Railway of Alabama into Seaboard System led these former Georgia cars to be renumbered with SBD marks. Nearly all other lettering had also been changed in the 13 years since delivery.

Seaboard System Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-18021

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

Seaboard System Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-18022

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

Seaboard System Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-18023

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

Smooth Side Woodchip Cars w/Rib Sided Extensions

Bluford Shops C&NW Woodchip Car
Chicago & North Western Offset Side Wood Chip Hopper with Rib Side Extensions. In 1964, Chicago & North Western converted a small portion of their coal hopper fleet with the addition of ribbed extentions, not for wood chips but for scrap tinplate service. This group was assigned for loading in Butler, Wisconsin.

CNW Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-17021

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

CNW Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-17022

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

CNW Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-17023

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

Bluford Shops Milwaukee Road Woodchip Car
Milwaukee Road Offset Side Wood Chip Hopper with Rib Side Extensions. In the Summer of 1962, Milwaukee Road’s Milwaukee Shops converted a group of elderly (1928) offset side hoppers for wood chip service with the addition of ribbed extensions. MILW served paper mills in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana and Washington. These cars were also likely used on occasion for scrap tinplate service.

Milwaukee Road Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-17011

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

Rib Side Woodchip Cars w/Rib Sided Extensions

Bluford Shops GM&O Woodchip Car
Gulf Mobile & Ohio Rib Side Wood Chip Hopper with Rib Side Extensions. In 1965, Gulf Mobile & Ohio bought a fleet of used 70 ton rib side coal hoppers from Detroit Toledo & Ironton. The following year, they began adding ribbed extensions to these cars wood chip service at their Frascati Shops. The fleet remained intact well into the Illinois Central Gulf era.

GM&O Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-19031

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

GM&O Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-19033

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

Bluford Shops Louisville & Nashville Woodchip Car
Louisville & Nashville Rib Side Wood Chip Hopper with Rib Side Extensions. Louisville & Nashville began converting a number of 70 ton 3-bay coal hoppers into high capacity wood chip hoppers in 1963. They began receiving this black scheme in the mid-70s.

Louisville & Nashville Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-19021

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

Louisville & Nashville Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-19022

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

Louisville & Nashville Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-19023

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

Bluford Shops Norfolk Southern Woodchip Car
Norfolk Southern Rib Side Wood Chip Hopper with Rib Side Extensions. In 1963, NS rebuilt a number of their standard hoppers into wood chip hoppers to serve their surging timber industry business. Of course we are talking about the original Norfolk Southern. This NS ran from Norfolk, Virginia south into North Carolina, then west to Raleigh, Durham, Fayetteville, and finally Charlotte. In comparison, this NS was a bit bigger than the Monon.

NS Woodchip Hopper, Single
ITEM # BLU-19011

$17.35
LIST: $24.79

NS Woodchip Hopper, 2 Pk
ITEM # BLU-19012

$34.70
LIST: $49.58

NS Woodchip Hopper, 3 Pk
ITEM # BLU-19013

$51.95
LIST: $74.37

 
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