has released an N scale Pullman Standard PS-3 2750 cubic feet capacity triple hopper. This review is of PS 2750 Triple Hopper Louisville & Nashville (Dixie Line) #150000
, item 50 001 968
Atlas also offers this car as the enhanced capacity PS-2750 variant. It has a different body.
Pullman at first offered their standard PS-3 hopper as a twin in 1948, but shortly thereafter it was also offered in a 70-ton version. ACF and Bethlehem offered a similar 17 panel hopper. James Kincaid had an article in the June '95 Mainline Modeler on the true PS-3's. According to his roster, Pullman's car was a 70 ton car with a cubic capacity of 2,750, but between 1960 and '64, the design was tweaked to 80 tons with a cubic capacity of 2,960. Only the Alaska and the latter series of L&N cars were built to this design.
Kincaid said a total of 10,157 cars were built to this design.*
L&N No. 150000? My usual sources for car road number verification does not list any 150000 series hoppers. Fortunately, the Louisville & Nashville Railroad Historical Society has several Equipment Registers. The 1958 roster lists car numbers to 99999 and then skips to 180000. The 1959 register lists car numbers to 99999 and then skips to 150000, the subject of our model, although a note clarifies that they were on order. Three thousand of these were ordered, numbered 150000-152999.
Techni-specs of the PS 2750 Triple Hopper are:
AAR Class: HT
: Open top self-clearing car, having fixed sides and ends and bottom consisting of three or more divided hoppers with doors hinged crosswise of car and dumping between rails.
AAR Type: H250
Unequipped Hopper, Load Limit: 155,000 to 184,999, Non-rotary couplers
the model and details
Atlas' N PS 2750 Triple Hopper is a neat model with sharp molding and detail. The car body is cast metal. The car has 16 ribs per the prototype.
Plastic wheels are held in plastic 70-ton roller-bearing trucks. Both are molded in a grungy rusty color. The plastic wheels will cause more maintenance than metal ones yet metal ones would drive up the cost. The trucks are held to the underside by plastic pins. This model rolled flawlessly across code 80 rail and through code 80 switches.
AccuMate® knuckle couplers equip the model.
Atlas spotlights particular features:
Sixteen Side Posts
Die-cast hopper and center sill construction
Late 20th century prototype (New cars were built from 1954-1971)
Optional heap shields
Friction- or roller-bearing trucks
Over 16,000 cars built
Not all components are cast on. The brake wheel is separately attached, as are the see-through etched end crossover walkway. Ladders, steps and grab irons are small although not to-scale. The hopper bins have no door lock detail molded on. The car lacks underbody detailing and only features basic and air brake items.
Paint, Livery and Printing
Paint is smooth and opaque. Atlas' sharp clear printing is extraordinary! Much of that stenciling is so miniscule that I could not read it without a magnifying glass!
Atlas has re-released this model with a new paint scheme; so far only the Louisville & Nashville Dixie Line
road name and the undecorated is offered for the PS-2750. Four road numbers are available. If you want the PS-2960 variant, there are three road names, each with four numbers.
The model has good surface detail and clean casting. All detail is cast on except the brake wheel and the etched end platform. This model rolled flawlessly across code 80 rail and through code 80 switches.
Ladders, steps and grab irons are small although not to-scale. The hopper bins have no door lock detail molded on. The car lacks underbody detailing and only features basic and air brake items.
Paint and printing is exceptional.
Atlas' PS-2750 has been popular with modelers. It is good to see the Dixie Line offered. Recommended.
Atlas for sending this model for review here at
* Rensselaer Railroad Heritage Website. NEB&W Guide to PS-3 Type 17-Panel Ribbed Triple Hoppers. Louisville & Nashville.
. [Web.] 5 December 2011.