The Atlas HO 50' AAR Plug Door Box Car Minneapolis & St. Louis 2008 models the 50' plug door box car. The plug (flush) style sliding door allows for a larger door for improved loading and unloading. The "plug" door enables a very tight fit which provides a more even temperature inside the car. By adding insulated sides, ends and floors allowed certain perishables to be carried in unrefrigerated box cars. This design, the AAR (Association of American Railroads) "RB" or "RBL", designated bunkerless refrigerator cars, were produced in the 1950s. Over 3,000 were built for North American railroads.
Road Name and History:
Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad: The Minneapolis & St. Louis Railroad was chartered in 1853 as the Minnesota Western Railroad. In 1870 the name Minneapolis & St. Louis was adopted. Building through Minneapolis, the M&SL reached Fort Dodge, IA, by 1881. By 1884 service had been extended west to Watertown,SD. In 1912 the railroad expanded its operations into Iowa with the purchase of the Iowa Central Railway. The M&SL went bankrupt in 1923, and was finally sold as a reorganized railroad in 1942. Ben Heineman led a group of stockholders to purchase the Minneapolis & St. Louis, and under his direction the small regional carrier became a forward-looking, progressive railroad. Heineman took over the leadership of the Chicago & North Western, which in 1960 bought and consolidated the M&SL into the C&NW.
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