New Product Spotlight – CP Rail Grain Train Set

30 12 2013

Now the excitement of those long and colorful unit trains of Canadian grain can be brought to layouts of any size with this new Ready-to-Run set. Based on some of the many popular paint schemes of the Canadian cylindrical covered hoppers and powered by a locomotive in the attractive “Dual Flags” scheme of CP Rail, this set is ready for the wheat rush.


6-30210 CP Rail Grain Train Set is ready for the harvest.

Beginning in 1972, the Canadian government began financing the construction of several thousand covered hoppers for agricultural service. These would finally bring an end to the days of loading grain in 4o foot boxcars. Most of the cars were financed by the national government and wore a variety of colorful schemes. They were leased to Canadian Pacific and Canadian National with CPWX or CNWX reporting marks on the cars.


The colorful cars can still be seen today all over North America.

Several provincial governments also supplied  cars to the pool. The bright blue Alberta cars featured unique names of towns and counties. Saskatchewan has recently added new cars in one of the most colorful schemes yet. In addition to all of these, the major Canadian railroads ordered their own cars. All together, these cars operated out of a general pool so they would be available wherever and whenever needed.

Much of the grain carried in these cars was destined for ports and shipment overseas. As CP and CN expanded their networks in the 1990s with the purchase of some strategic American railroads the sight of the Canadian covered hoppers and locomotives south of the border became even more common.

Now you can handle this lucrative traffic on your railroad with the new CP Rail Grain Train. This complete set includes a CW-80 transformer, 60″ x 40″ oval of FasTrack, U36B locomotive, three covered hoppers and a caboose. The locomotive features:

  • Transformer Controlled Forward / Neutral / Reverse
  • RailSounds RTR including diesel engine revving, horn, bell and operator-activated crew dialog
  • Dual Motors
  • Traction Tires
  • Metal Frame
  • Operating Headlight
  • Illuminated Cab Interior
  • Dual Operating Couplers
  • Engineer and conductor figures

The covered hoppers feature operating couplers, and sprung die-cast metal trucks. The caboose features a metal frame, ladders, smokestack and trucks plus interior illumination. All of the cars and locomotive will negotiate an O-27 curve. See your dealer or to order your set today. Retail price for the set is $389.99.



3 responses

30 12 2013
Andrew Falconer

In an issue of Jane’s World Railways during the years of the CP Rail dual flags scheme, National Steel Car in Hamilton, Ontario built a 3-Unit, drawbar connected, 3-Bay Covered Hopper set decaled in the CP Rail USA and Canada flag graphics. The 3-Bay Covered Hoppers looked a lot like the plastic bodied ACF Center Flow 3560 cu. ft. 3-Bay Covered Hoppers that Lionel already produces.

Check in a library search for 1990’s editions of Jane’s World Railways to find this scheme.

30 12 2013
Andrew Falconer

The Dual Flags schemes came about because the CP Rail was operating the Delaware & Hudson and the Soo Line railroads.

19 01 2014
Conductor Andrew

Reblogged this on theredcaboose1.

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