An increased use of shipping containers during the 1970s led to new designs of railway cars for carrying them. The standard cars used at the time were full plate-deck 85' and 89' flat cars with 70-ton trucks. However, each 20' international shipping container of the era could gross some 25 tons; thus, a flat car carrying four at maximum gross would be 100 tons. In an effort to address this weight issue, new flat cars with open decks and 100-ton trucks were placed in service and eventually used for a new railroad commodity - trash containers.
This model follows the open-deck flat design commonly seen in trash trains around the United States. It also follows the prototypes used in international container service.
- Fully assembled and ready for your layout
- Accurately painted and printed
- Open deck design
- True scale dimensions with accurate details
- Weighted, detailed underframe
- Equipped with 100-ton trucks
- Machined metal wheels
- Factory-equipped with AccuMate® knuckle couplers
- Minimum radius: 15"
Accumate® couplers are made under license from AccuRail, Inc.