The Atlas HO Master Precision Design 50' Box Car Canadian Pacific 207155 models the ACF Industries' Precision Design Box Car manufactured in the late 1960s and early 1970s. ACF (American Car and Foundry) was formed in 1899 in New Jersey with the merger of 13 smaller railcar manufacturers into one large company. The company, based in St. Charles, MO, has changed its name to American Railcar Industries. ARI continues to be one of North America's largest railcar manufacturers and lessors.
Road Name and History:
Canadian Pacific Railway: The Canadian Pacific Railway was promised to British Columbia in the 1867 Confederation. During the 1870s the railway remained a dream- and a nightmare to Prime Minister Macdonald whose Conservative Party became involved in a serious scandal that brought down the Government. Finally in 1881 the Canadian Pacific Railway commenced construction in Ontario. While a route through the easier Yellow Head Pass was the most logical, CP picked the much more difficult Kicking Horse Pass and Rogers Pass route to build closer to the US border (And keep US railroads from entering Canada). Under the direction of William Van Horne, the Canadian Pacific Railway advanced across Canada, overcoming giant mountain ranges and deep canyons to unite Canada by rail at Cragellachie, BC, in 1885. CP became nationwide by purchasing Eastern Canadian railways and new construction, reaching St. John, NB, through Maine in 1889. One great engineering achievement was the construction of the Spiral Tunnels through the Rocky Mountains. Canadian Pacific became one of the most important factors in the development of Western Canada. The company became a unit of a diversified Canadian Pacific Ltd. in 1968, eventually being spun off in 1996. The "new" Canadian Pacific Railway returned to its roots as a railway and sold off its less profitable Eastern Canada routes. Canadian Pacific Railway with lines stretching from Ontario to British Columbia and with substantial US operations, is one of North America's major railways.