ACF 70-Ton 1958 Cu. Ft. Covered Hopper Premium Instructions

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ACF 70-Ton 1958 Cu. Ft. Covered Hopper Premium Instructions


The American Car & Foundry 70-Ton 1958 Cu. Ft. Covered Hopper is our first BMR model designed by Matt Csenge.

American Car & Foundry recognized the need for a mass-produced covered hopper car to transport goods and bulk flowable commodities that needed protection from the weather. In 1936 ACF began building this 70-Ton 1958 cu. ft. capacity covered hopper for task. The cars quickly gained wide-spread appeal, with 59 railroads and 16 private and leasing companies purchasing them throughout their lifetime. Many of these car lasted well into the 1970s, some even into the 1980's in revenue service. Some of these cars are still used today in maintenance-of-way service.

Matt's design faithfully recreates this iconic car in brick form. The instructions include the option to build the car with open or closed sides. Open-sided cars have triangular cutouts in the center two steel panels making up the side of the car, whereas closed-sided cars do not.

Our premium instruction kit contains the following:

1 professionally printed instruction book with full color instructions, part list, prototype history, and building tips.

One complete set of Ball Bearing Wheel Sets (4 axles) with black bricks and wheels. Enough to build one car. 

These wheel sets will get you up and running right away. 

These wheel sets come fully assembled, with ball bearings preinstalled in new bricks, Bricktracks® axles to fit the bearings, washers to prevent wheels from rubbing the bricks and causing excess friction, and Bricktracks® wheels.

Why use bearings? Because ball bearings provide excellent free rolling operation. Better than stock train wheel sets. Less resistance means the rail car is easier to pull. And the easier a car is to pull the less strain on locomotives, and the more cars you can pull.

All you need to provide is the bricks from your own collection. Build the car in the color of your choice, or you can purchase decals to build the car in one of the following authentic railroad paint schemes bellow. 


Decals Available for the ACF 70-Ton 1958 Cu. Ft. Covered Hopper


Model by Matt Csenge, Instructions by Cale Leiphart and Matt Csenge

By purchasing these instructions, you agree not to sell,  reproduce, or distribute these instructions. You also agree not to sell or distribute the model made from these instructions.

Brick Model Railroader is a fan run business dedicated to the brick train hobby. This is not a LEGO® product. LEGO®, and the LEGO® logo are trademarks of the LEGO Group. Brick Model Railroader is not affiliated with or endorsed by The LEGO Group.

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