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William Dean Wright
FULL THROTTLE

128 Burma Island Road
Leesburg, Florida  34788-2914
Tel.:  352-589-0303
e-mail:  dewaa128@aol.com.

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Former
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Home Page

note-rt.gif - This site is now INACTIVE (i.e. - frozen);
Will Wright has a beautiful Full Throttle site of his own at http://www.wdwfullthrottle.com/.
These pages might occasionally be edited and or updated as I (SB,III) may see fit
but please use the Full Throttle site to keep current on Will'Z wonderful workZ!

[I'd also like to thank Will for his long friendship and his many beautiful cars, which have given me,
and continue to give me, great pleasure on my Berlinerwerke-Z.]

[These Full Throttle pages were heavily reorganized on 30 Jan 2006 and again on 12 Jun 2008, featuring new releases and background information on the home (main) page and putting older material on the products page.  As the product line has grown, it has outstripped this format and so these archival pages were added, listing all the older models offered and providing links to the photos and descriptions of newer ones.  Because of the extent of the offerings (and the site pages), the master index was moved to this page; only the archived offerings were to appear on the archive pages.  Because these pages are now inactive, they will NOT normally be updated or cross-checked further.]   rev.gif (18 Apr 2013)


SITE INDEX:

[This site was heavily reorganized on 30 Jan 2006 and again on 12 Jun 2008, featuring new releases and background information on this home (index) page and putting older material on the products page.  As the product line has grown, it has outstripped this format and so archival pages have been added, listing all the older models offered and providing links to their photos and descriptions.]

This Full Throttle home (index) page (with approx. release dates).

    What's New?.

    [to go directly to the latest.gif item(s), click HERE!]

Jan 2010 and on:

Western Pacific 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper WDW (FT) #2030 (12 Maqy 2010).
North American Cylindricals - IMC WDW #1027 & #1028 (13 Mar 2010).
UP 40' Open Offset-Side 70-ton 3-Bay Hopper Car WDW #4007 (01 Mar 2010).
CP (Canadian Pacific) silver and black ACF 51' Center-Flow Cylindrical Hopper Set WDW #1008/31 CPR AUX PACK #6 (19 Feb 2010)
Open 70-Ton, 3-bay Offset-Side Hopper WDW #4011 Collector Pack #4 'blue coal' (25 Jan 2010)
GN (Mountain Goat) 33' Open Offset Side 2-Bay Hopper WDW #3024 (16 Jan 2010).

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Jul 2009 - Dec 2009:

On Full Throttle 2009 Archive Page 2:

Southern Railway Open 40' 70-ton Offset-Side, Three-Bay Hoppers
    WDW #4004R Southern Railway (Red) and WDW #4005B Southern Railway (Black) (09 Dec 09)
Pennsylvania Railroad 33' open, rib-side, two-bay MoW Hopper PRR MoW WDW #2028 (04 Dec 2009)
Bowser Bucklers (trucks with couplers) WDW #100-8 and
    Will's Wheels (wheelsets with 33" wheels) WDW #600-24 & #600-48 (22 Nov 2009)
Collector Pack #3 - Ohio Haulers - NKP offset-side hopper and
    ACY rib-side hopper - WDW #CP3 (14 Nov 09)
November 2009 Offering - CPR (Canadian Pacific Railway) 40' Open Offset-Side 70-ton 3-Bay Hopper WDW #4006 (01 Nov 09)
New Bowser Bucklers! (Talgo trucks with Couplers - 10 Oct 2009).
October 2009 Offerings (07 Oct 09):
    NYC (New York Central) Open 40' 70-Ton Offset-Side Hopper WDW #4009 (07 Oct 09).
    CP (Canadian Pacific) silver ACF 51' Center-Flow Cylindrical Hopper WDW #1031 (07 Oct 09)
September 2009 Releases (14 Sep 09):
    Alaska RR 40' 70-ton Open Offset Side Hopper (WDW #4008),
    C&O 33' Open Offset Side Hopper (WDW #3025), and
    AT&SF 51' Center-Flow Cylindrical Hopper (WDW #1007).
PRR Shadow-Keystone 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2026 (20 Aug 09).
WM (Western Maryland / ball herald) Open Rib-Side 33' 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2025 (02 Aug 09)
DT&I (Detroit, Toledo & Ironton) Open Offset-Side 40' 70-ton 3-Bay Hopper Car WDW #4003 (02 Aug 09)
AT&SF 1930's AAR "Standard" 70-Ton Offset-Side Three-Bay Hopper Car WDW #4001 (01 Jul 09).
    1930's AAR "Standard" 70-Ton Offset-Side Three-Bay Hopper Cars - WDW #4000-series
        (27 Jun 09) [repeated here as background for #4001 AT&SF hopper]
C&O 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3026 (01 Jul 09).

On Full Throttle 2009 Archive Page 1:

1930's AAR "Standard" 70-Ton Offset-Side Three-Bay Hopper Cars - WDW #4000-series (27 Jun 09).
D&RGW 33' Open Rib-Side 2-bay Hopper WDW #2024 and
    EL 51' ACF Center Flow Cylindrical Hopper WDW #1030 (17 Jun 09).
Appalachian Drags 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hoppers -
    VGN WDW #2019, L&N WDW #2023, WM WDW #2025, and N&W WDW #2020 (17 May 09).
AC&Y 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper WDW #2027 (07 May 09).
AGWAY 51' ACF Center Flow Cylindrical Hopper Set #4 WDW #1029 (07 May 08).
NKP 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3018 (20 Apr 09).
L&N 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3016 (07 Apr 09).
C&S 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper WDW #2021 (26 Feb 09).
RDG 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3012 (06 Feb 09).
Ztrack Monon 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Cars WDW #3014R (CIL) and #3015B (MONON) (28 Jan 09).
B&O 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3013 (07 Jan 09).

On Full Throttle 2008 Archive Page 2:

UP 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3017 (13 Dec 08).
BN 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2022 (23 Nov 08).
N&W 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2020 (11 Nov 08).
MILW 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #3007 (03 Oct 08).
L&N 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2023 (09 Sep 08).
PRR 51' ACF Center Flow Cylindrical Hopper Set #4 WDW #1006 (09 Sep 08).
Virginian 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2019 (25 Aug 08).
Wayne Feeds 51' ACF Center Flow Cylindrical Hopper WDW #1022 (25 Aug 08).
Blue Coal 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Set WDW #3010 [(08 Aug 08) = 08/08/08!].
New York Central and Penn Central 51" Covered ACF Cylindrical Centerflow Hopper Cars
  WDW Auxiliary Set #5 NYC/PC
(29 Jul 08).
Southern Pacific 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2017 (11 Jun 08).
CB&Q 51' ACF Center Flow Cylindrical Hopper WDW #1026 (01 Jun 08).
PEABODY 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Car WDW #2013 (11 May 08).
CONRAIL 51" Covered ACF Cylindrical Centerflow Hopper #1024 (11 Apr 08).
CONRAIL 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper #3009 (11 Apr 08).

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Full Throttle Products Page
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    Freudenreich.
    Full Throttle's Own Products.

Full Throttle Archive, et seq. - older releases; a full index by date and WDW number is included on the main archive page.


 

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e-mail:  dewaa128@aol.com.

Z-scale aficionado William Dean Wright, d.b.a. "Full Throttle",
specializes in American prototype Z equipment.

Will has a large and constantly changing stock of in- and out-of-production
American prototype Märklin, PennZee, and Freudenreich
items, as available, plus products uniquely available only from, or produced solely for, Full Throttle.

Will can also assemble small regional USA train consists for you,
cleans and services locomotives he sells, and offers five-pole motor
retrofits for older Marklin American diesel locomotives.

note-rt.gif  All FT cars are weighted and carry working knuckle couplers.
The open hopper cars come equipped with Hay Bros. Garage custom coal loads.



WHAT'S NEW?

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MAY DAYS!!!

WhiteHeartSmall

Dear FT Z Friends,

Here's a wonderful MAY 2010 offering.  "About time!" some of you might say!  It's WESTERN PACIFIC, in a Twin Bay Rib-Side Hopper!  A really nifty car.  Obviously, our Western USA Z Scalers will love this, but the WP is a very venerable and popular Road throughout the entire model train hobby.  Take a look at this Zeerrific 4-pack!

WPHerald

Open 33' Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper
WPRib2BayHop
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW (FT) #2030 WP 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Cars

The WESTERN PACIFIC RAILROAD (WP), a Class 1 USA railroad, is now part of the Union Pacific Railroad (UP).  Founded in 1903, the Western Pacific Railroad was built in effort to create a transcontinental railroad in the late 19th and early 20th century.  One of the American West’s most popular railroads, the WP attracted rail enthusiasts from around the world.  From 1910 to 1982, its diverse route provided scenic views of the San Francisco Bay Area, the mountain communities of the famous Feather River Route, and the deserts of Nevada and Utah.  The Western Pacific originated in 1900 as the Alameda and San Joaquin Railroad.  The railroad which would become the Western Pacific was financed and built by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, under the direction of George Jay Gould I, to provide a standard gauge track connection to the Pacific Coast.  In 1909, it became the last railroad completed into California.  The Western Pacific was acquired in 1983 by Union Pacific Corporation, which would eventually purchase its long-time rival, the Southern Pacific Railroad, in 1996.  The California Zephyr was the Western Pacific's most famous and popular passenger train.

An open 33' two-bay rib-side hopper car marked for the Western Pacific Railroad.  The models were manufactured with great details by Bowser Mfg., painted to a slight sheen inside and out, and equipped with custom Hay Bros. Garage coal loads.  They sport the new Bowser Bettendorf trucks with super-gliding blackened metal wheels, and knuckle couplers, and feature yellow printing, immaculate, tiny and clean, in several sized fonts.  These Full Throttle hopper cars will be marketed as 4-packs with four different reporting numbers.  FT dealers may split the 4-pack and sell by the 2-pack if they so wish.

WPRib2BayHop2Pack
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #2030 WP 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper 2-Pack

Set #1 reporting numbers:	10311	and	10375
Set #2 reporting numbers:	10324	and	10392
Please decide how many 4-packs of Western Pacific you would like, and let Will know ASAP.  All FT cars are weighted and wear knuckle couplers.  The realistic custom coal loads are created by Hay Bros. Garage!

This MAY 2010 FT Hopper Release is really well-detailed and should be very popular with all Z Scalers ... great to run or collect, now is the time to place your orders should you be interested, and Will will have your invoice completed directly.  Please check out these new models, decide if you would like some sets for your Z Scale Rosters, and let Will know by a response to this announcement.

WPRib2BayHoppers
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WP 33' Open Rib-Side 2-Bay Hopper Cars


MARCHING RIGHT ALONG!!!

North American Cylindricals

IMC

IMCLogo

IMCCylHop
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #1027 & #1028 IMC Cylindrical Hopper Cars

International Minerals and Chemical Corporation

Second New Full Throttle Release for March 2010

During the first decade of the twentieth century, Thomas C. Meadows, a Tennessee phosphate-mining entrepreneur, founded the International Agricultural Corp.  International Agricultural, which had mines and plants in New Mexico and Tennessee, became a leading producer of phosphate rock and fertilizer.  In 1941, the company changed its name to International Mineral & Chemical and moved its headquarters from Atlanta to Chicago.  By the beginning of the 1960s, when its main offices were in Skokie, the company grossed about $130 million in annual sales and employed over 5,000 people around the country but only a few in the Chicago area.  By the end of the 1990s, the company was called IMC Global; it had over $2 billion in annual revenues and employed about 250 people at its corporate headquarters in suburban Northbrook.  In the early 2000s, the company's headquarters moved to nearby Lake Forest.

Here's a Marvelous March '10 release for you!  It's a pair of IMC Cylindrical Hoppers.  These rail cars would be seen all over the USA and Canada!  The light green model represents the older cars used by the Company, and the darker maroon model represents the new cars in use by IMC.  The models are equipped with the NEW Bowser Roller Bearing Trucks and knuckle couplers!  Take a look, and thanks very much!

51' Center-Flow Cylindrical Hoppers
IMCCylHopGrowth
WDW #1028 IMC Cylindrical Hopper (Growth)

IMCCylHopGlobal
(photos courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #1027 IMC Cylindrical Hopper (Global)

Available is a 4-pack with four different reporting numbers included.  These models were manufactured with great details by Bowser Mfg., have light green or maroon painted bodies, green/black or white printing in various sized fonts and the nifty IMC "sprout" logo.  They are equipped with the NEW Bowser Roller Bearing trucks with knuckle couplers and metal wheels.  Don't miss out!

IMCCylHoppers

IMCCylHop2box
(photos courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #1027 & #1028 Cylindrical Hopper Two-Pack

Set #1 reporting numbers:	51302 (Growth)	and	112350 (Global)
Set #2 reporting numbers:	51305 (Growth)	and	112357 (Global)
These Full Throttle cylindrical hopper cars will be sold to dealers in 4-packs with four different reporting numbers but the 4-packs may be split and sold as separate 2-packs if the dealer so wishes.

IMCCylHopperTrain
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

These Mar. '10 FT Cylindrical Hopper Offerings are really special, very well-detailed and should be very popular with all Z Scalers ... great to run or collect.


MARCH ON!!!

UNION PACIFIC

from

FULL THROTTLE

First New Full Throttle Release for March 2010

Here is the March '10 offering from FT; a brand new offering of UNION PACIFIC offset-side 70-ton hoppers.  The UNION PACIFIC is one of the most popular lines in model railroading today!  Each 4-pack features four different reporting numbers and a nifty UP livery sporting different printing on each side of the cars.  Yellow lettering on UP approved UP Brown.  Below you'll find the detail about this very popular March '10 FT release!

March is here, and Winter is almost gone!

UPHerald

The UNION PACIFIC Railroad (UP), headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, is the largest railroad network in the USA.  UP's route map covers most of the central and western United States west of Chicago and New Orleans.  It has achieved this size thanks to purchasing a large number of other railroads, notably the Missouri Pacific, Chicago and North Western, Western Pacific, Missouri-Kansas-Texas, and the Rio Grande (including the Southern Pacific).

UP70OffHopStream
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4007 UNION PACIFIC 40' Open Offset-Side 70-Ton 3-Bay Hopper
(Side 1 - "ROAD OF The Streamliners")

UP70OffHopWest
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4007 UNION PACIFIC 40' Open Offset-Side 70-Ton 3-Bay Hopper
(Side 2 - "SERVES ALL THE WEST")

Good-Bye to Winter!  MARCH ON!!!  These coalers were manufactured with great details by Bowser Mfg., painted UP approved UP Brown to a slight sheen inside and out, wear yellow lettering, and are equipped with custom Hay Bros. Garage coal loads.  They sport the new Bowser Bettendorf trucks with super-gliding blackened metal wheels, and knuckle couplers.

UP70OffHop2pk
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4007 UP 40' Open Offset-Side 70-Ton 3-Bay Hopper Two-Pack
Set #1 reporting numbers: 90320 and 90328
Set #2 reporting numbers: 90324 and 90334
These Full Throttle 70-ton hopper cars will be sold to dealers as 4-packs with four different reporting numbers, but dealers may split up the 4-pack and sell by the 2-pack to their customers if they wish.

UP70OffHopper
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4007 UP 40' Open Offset-Side 70-Ton 3-Bay Hopper

This is a limited-sized run of these UNION PACIFIC 70-ton hoppers.  All FT cars are weighted and wear knuckle couplers.  The realistic custom coal loads are cast by Hay Bros. Garage!  This March, '10 FT offering is really well-detailed and should be very popular with all Z Scale Hobbyists ... great to run or collect.

UP70OffHoppersTrn
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4007 UP 40' Open Offset-Side 70-Ton 3-Bay Hoppers


BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! CPRail

Here's a Feb. '10 "Quickie" for you!  Apparently, from the e-mails coming into FT, many Z Folks weren't able to score on the CP Cylindrical Hoppers that were issued in the Fall.  Well, that said to Will that he'd better make more available and he's gone one better, and this Auxiliary Pack #6 contains one each of a silver CPR Cylindrical and a black CPR Cylindrical.  Each bears the Multi-Mark, affectionately known as the Pacman Logo!  All the reporting numbers in this Auxiliary Pack are brand new and never before issued.  Will is particularly excited about this release because the models are equipped with the NEW Bowser Roller Bearing Trucks with knuckle couplers!  Take a look:

51' Center-Flow Cylindrical Hopper
CPCylHopPrAux6
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW 1008/31 CP (Canadian Pacific) AUX PACK #6

CPRLogo

The Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), known as CPRail (CP) between 1968 and 1996, has a rail network that stretches from Vancouver to Montreal, and also serves major cities in the USA such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and New York City.  Its headquarters are in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  Originally built between eastern Canada and British Columbia between 1881 and 1885, it is Canada's first transcontinental railway.  Now CP is primarily a freight railway, since it's passenger services were eliminated in 1986 after being assumed by VIA Rail Canada in 1978.

CPCylHopPrAux6Blk

CPCylHopPrAux6Sil
(photos courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

Available is a 4-pack with four different reporting numbers included.  These models were manufactured with great details by Bowser Mfg., have black or silver painted bodies, white or black printing in various sized fonts and the nifty "Pacman" logo.  They are equipped with the NEW Bowser Roller Bearing trucks with knuckle couplers and metal wheels.

CPCylHopPrAux6
(photos courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

CPCylHopAUX6Box
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

Set #1 reporting numbers:	(Black) 388508 and (Silver) 382013
Set #2 reporting numbers:	(Black) 388524 and (Silver) 382081
CPCylHopAUX6Train
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

This is a limited-size Auxiliary run.  All FT cars are weighted and wear knuckle couplers.  These Feb. '10 AUX FT offerings are really well-detailed and should be very popular with all Z Hobbyists ... great to run or collect.  Please check out these auxiliary models!  Again, Will thanks you so much for all the Zeeriffic support you have given Full Throttle!

[The earlier release of these CPR Cylindricals can be found at CP (Canadian Pacific) silver ACF 51' Center-Flow Cylindrical Hopper, WDW #1031 (07 Oct 09), on FT Archive page 2009-2.]


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Will advised that Father Nature (John W. Kreider, M.D.) passed away on Friday, 29 Jan 2010 from complications related to kidney failure.  Dr. Kreider was both a dedicated cancer researcher and a passionate model railroader and will be sorely missed by all who knew him and all who dealt with him as a hobby manufacturer   [SB,III].


BRRRR!

Why not warm up with

BlueCoalLabel
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

BlueCoal3BayCar
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4011 'blue coal' FT Collector Pack #4 (LNE #18472 shown)

In the Summer of 2008, FT released a 2-bay hopper car in homage to the Glen Alden Coal Co. from Ashley, PA.  For some 25 years or more they sprayed their anthracite coal, blue, marketing it as 'blue coal' for home heating throughout the Northeastern USA.  Though most FT Dealers "passed" on the issue, it became enormously popular, and was "SOLD OUT" within a week's time.  It was so successful that Bowser Mfg. asked to use the original concept drawings to create an HO scale 70-ton hopper model of their own, which by the by, is in it's third "run!"  Along with Bill Hay of Hay Bros. Garage, Will had done much research for the model, and wrote an article on the subject which appeared in Ztrack Magazine.  Will's sister and he visited what remains of the Huber Breaker from where 'blue coal' was prepared and distributed, and talked with members of it's preservation society.  He announced the release of the model at Ron Ruddell's "London Bridge Toys" shop in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, accompanied with a "Meet and Greet" at which many of the original "Zedheads" from Ron's seminal Z Scale Mid-Atlantic Club were in attendance.  But, despite all the PR which included an illustrated "blurb" and explanation, many FT Dealers didn't ask to stock the model, and by the time it "caught on," it was too late for them to make an order.

So, here is 'blue coal' information for a brand new issue of 'blue coal' hoppers!  This time around FT is using the 70-ton, 3-bay, offset-side hopper model to honor the anthracite coal industry.  Will assembled a large "run," so that all the FT Dealers might order as many of the cars as they wished!  He thinks there is plenty to sell directly from the FT workshop.  So, please all my Dear FT Friends, order as many as you would like.  These do come as 4-packs.  Don't be afraid to order, and don't miss this exciting and very collectible Z scale model.  Thanks!

Open 70-Ton, 3-bay Offset-Side D&H Hopper
BlueCoal3BayCarD&H
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
WDW #4011 'blue coal' FT Collector Pack #4 (D&H #7066 shown)

BRRRR!  What an appropriate time of the year (Jan. '10) to release Full Throttle's "Collector Pack #4" 'blue coal'!  A wonderful 70-Ton, 3-bay Offset-Side "Billboard" Hopper Car Set honoring the anthracite industry!  It is a "Collector 4-pack" with four rail lines represented that distributed this unusual commercial coal fabrication.  Hay Bros. Garage created the realistic 'blue coal' loads and as always, the cars are weighted and equipped with Bowser trucks, knuckle couplers, and metal wheels.  The 4-pack is housed in FT 's clear plastic cases with liner notes and foam cradles.  The four rail lines represented are: D&H, CRP, LNE, and RDG.

BlueCoal70Box
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

This is the fourth of the FT "Collector Pack Series".  Other "Collector Packs" will periodically be offered as Special Release Sets.  Now is the time to place your orders should you be interested.  Don't miss out!  Please consider this fantastic four-pack, decide if you would like some for your Z Scale Collection, and let Will know by e-mail.  Along with your order, PLEASE send him your name and shipping address!  He will then make up an invoice/bill for you with all the pertinent information needed to make your 'trainsaction' and get these out to you as soon as possible.  Please let him know if you want to use Pay Pal so he can send a PayPal bill/invoice.  Again, Will thanks you so much for all the Zeeriffic support you have given Full Throttle and sends his very best!

BlueCoalOpenOffSide70t40Hoppers

BlueCoalAd
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

What in the heck is
'blue coal'?

[The Shadow Knows - heh, heh, heh!*]

Let Uncle Will tell you a condensed story about 'blue coal'!

Anthracite is a dense, hard, shiny-black, smokeless, clean-burning, coal mined in Pennsylvania and perfectly suited for home-heating.  As early as 1928, for a distinguishing feature and marketing ploy, the Glen Alden Coal Co. of Ashley, PA, sprayed the nuggets with a blue colorant as they tumbled down the loading chutes from their huge, historic Huber Breaker.  During the 30's and 40's, 'blue coal' was the sponsor of the popular early radio show, "The Shadow," starring detective Lamont Cranston, whose voice was eventually dubbed by Orson Wells!  Thus, 'blue coal' became an enormously popular commodity for keeping warm in the cold winters of the burgeoning urban and rural areas of America's east coastal states!  And so it remained until the advent of natural gas and fuel oil for domestic heating, well after WW II into the 1950's.  In honor of these inventive entrepreneurs, FT pays tribute to the anthracite industry using Z Scale models of open 70-ton, 3-bay offset-side "billboard hoppers" adorned with the original 'blue coal' logo, and represented by several of the major rail lines that distributed this unique, ubiquitous product throughout the northeastern USA!  Hay Bros. Garage has created the very realistic 'blue coal' loads.

[This largely repeats material posted with the Collector Pack #1 2-bay "blue coal" release of August 2008, as augmented by my own personal recollections - SB,III]

BlueCoalHuberBreaker
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

Anthracite coal being sprayed blue as it tumbles from the chutes: BlueCoalDying
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger image]

BlueCoalRadioPromo
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

[See?  I TOLD you the Shadow Knows! - SB,III*]

Denville, NJ delivery:

BlueCoalDenvilleNJDelivery
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

Blue coal towers of the Atlantic Coal Co., now destroyed:
BlueCoalTowers
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

A blue coal magazine ad clipping (date unknown):
BlueCoalHuberAd2
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger image]

Blue coal patch worn on back of blue delivery jackets by retail truck drivers;
   measures 9¾" wide and 4" high):
BlueCoalBackPatch
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

A blue coal ad clipping (date unknown): BlueCoalAd2
(image courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger image]

* - [The Shadow was a 1940s radio show that opened with, "Who knows what the Shadow knows?", and then answered itself with, "The Shadow Knows - heh, heh, heh!" - SB,III]

@ - [I also remember the coal being delivered by scissor-lift coal trucks with very long, highly-polished, steel chutes though which the coal ran, in a cloud of black dust, over the sidewalk and through cellar/basement windows into the coal bin; here, from the history of the Woolley Fuel Co., the oldest business in Maplewood, New Jersey (1924), is a picture of just such a truck (although the ones I remember were unbelievably FILTHY!):

ScissorDumpTruckDown
(cropped from image courtesy of Woolley Fuel Co. - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger image]

Although the ones I remember had older (unstreamlined) cabs; here's a somewhat-newer one with the dump body up on extended scissor arms:

ScissorDumpTruckUp
(image courtesy of Woolley Fuel Co. - all rights reserved)
[Click on thumbnailed image for larger image]

Now that I think of it, some even had small doors on the sides of the dump body so that chutes could be attached in cramped quarters. - SB,III]


HAPPY NEW YEAR!

January Short Run

Here is a wonderful January Short Run!  An open 33' two-bay offset-side hopper car marked for the Great Northern Railway.  The models were manufactured with great details by Bowser Mfg., painted GN red to a slight sheen inside and out, and equipped with custom Hay Bros. Garage coal loads.  They sport the new Bowser Bettendorf trucks with super-gliding blackened metal wheels and knuckle couplers, feature white printing, immaculate, tiny and clean, in several sized fonts and include the GN "mountain goat" logo.  These Full Throttle hopper cars will be sold to FT Dealers as four-packs with four different reporting numbers and there are only 30 of these four-packs available!  FT Dealers may sell these by the two-pack case.

GN2Bay33OffHop
(photo courtesy of Full Throttle - all rights reserved)

GNGoatHerald

January, 2010
33' Open Offset-Side Two-Bay Hopper Car
WDW #3024 Great Northern (Mountain Goat)

New Offset-Side Twin Bay from Full Throttle

The Great Northern Railway (GN), running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, more than 1,700 miles, was the creation of the 19th century railroad tycoon James J. Hill and was developed from the St. Paul and Pacific Railroad.  The Great Northern's route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the United States and was north of the Northern Pacific Railway route.  The Great Northern was a privately funded transcontinental railroad, though some of its predecessor roads received land grants.  In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad, today part of the BNSF Railway.

Open 33' Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper

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WDW #3024 GN (Mountain Goat) 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper

We've had many requests for a GN hopper car.  This should make our Northern USA Z Scale fans very happy, indeed!  It's a sweet short run of a rail hobby favorite.  Only 30 of these four-packs are available!

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WDW #3024 GN 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hopper Two-Pack
Set #1 reporting numbers: 73305 and 73324
Set #2 reporting numbers: 73309 and 73367
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WDW #3024 GN 33' Open Offset-Side 2-Bay Hoppers

This is a very limited-sized run.  All FT cars are weighted and wear knuckle couplers.  The realistic custom coal loads are created by Hay Bros. Garage!  This January Short Run FT Hopper Release is really well-detailed and should be very popular with all Z Scalers ... great to run or collect.



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