One of the most distinctive cars in service today, the Ortner 100-Ton Aggregate Cars are built for rough service and heavy hauling.
Like other three-bay open hoppers, you’ll find them hard at work moving limestone, iron ore, gravel, sand and similar materials.
But what sets the Ortner apart from the pack is their unique appearance, designed to increase carrying capacity and reduce costs.
With their big, square bodies that stand nearly 12′ above the rails, they have a look like no other rail car. The body measures just over 30′ inside. But to help carry the enormous load and reduce the possibility of damaging the rails, the weight is spread out over a long 43′ 10″ frame. This leaves large porches at both ends of the car, which are equipped with handrails much like a locomotive. Brake equipment is easy to reach, and some owners have used this extra space to install controls for air-operated discharge doors which speed unloading.
In service, they can be found at rock crushers, cement plants, hot mix asphalt plants, iron ore mining operations and steel mills.
Walthers models come fully assembled, ready to handle the dirty work on your HO Scale railroad, with factory-installed grab irons and door beams, molded end railings, a detailed underframe, trucks, and Proto MAX(TM) knuckle couplers. Air controls are included so you can install to model a favorite prototype. A realistic aggregate load is also included.