During the mid-1970â€™s, the C&NW saw the demand for the transportation of malt increase while the quantity of good, available covered hoppers in their fleet was decreasing. Faced with this increasing demand, in 1977, the C&NW ordered 500 cars (numbers 180000 to 180499 Lot number 11-01371) from ACF. These cars were very well received and became the pride of C&NWâ€™s covered hopper fleet. When delivered these cars were painted a very distinct darker yellow with black lettering and a white "Employee Owned" herald on a black background. Many on the C&NW felt that this particular color yellow was the color of the brew most closely associated with malt. These cars were used extensively for both online as well as offline destinations.
These HO scale cars are Accurail ACF covered hopper kits and are custom decorated for the Society by Accurail and include Accumate couplers. Available in two cars numbers (180000 and 180499) which represent the first and last car constructed in this lot. Both of these cars were still in CNW service at the time of the merger with the UP in 1995 and retained their â€œas deliveredâ€ paint scheme. Limiited quantity available.