The Atlas HO Master Thrall 2743 Gondola Car Burlington Northern Santa Fe 513013 models the Thrall Car 2743 Gondola Car. The car was introduced in 1995 in response to an increase in the allowable capacity of rail cars. The increase in weight was provided by increasing the height of the gondola car from 5' to 5'6", which provided a new capacity of 2743 cubic feet(Hence the name). Thrall produced over 6,700 of the 2743 Gondola Car between 1995 and 1999, with Trinity Rail (that purchased Thrall) resuming production of this popular car. Thrall Car, based in Chicago, was started by Mr. A. J. Thrall in 1916 as the Union Wagon Company. In 1917 the name of the company was changed to the Thrall Car Manufacturing Company. Thrall grew through new product introductions and acquisitions to become North America's largest producer of specialized rail cars (double stack, covered hoppers, autorack cars, etc.) . Trinity Industries purchased Thrall in 2001, and operates the former Trinity and Thrall railcar manufacturing operations under the name Trinity Rail Group, LLC.
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Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway: James Hill's dream of a great Northwest transcontinental railroad was started with his transcontinental railroad, the Great Northern Railway, that bridged the continent in 1893. Attempts in the early 1890s to combine Great Northern with the less successful Northern Pacific and the very successful connection from Minneapolis-Chicago the Burlington was upended by the US Supreme Court in 1904. Eventually the three railroads were consolidated in 1970 to become the first of the "super railroads" that covered large amounts of Western territory, the Burlington Northern. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway- chartered in 1859- was the dream of Cyrus Holliday. The Santa Fe became a transcontinental railroad in 1883 when its rails reached Los Angeles, CA. Never quite able to find a suitable merger partner, Santa Fe's Chicago-California route was the fastest intermodal route to the West Coast and a very valuable franchise. With railroads grouping into huge systems, in 1996 Burlington Northern and Santa Fe merged to become the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway. Now renamed the BNSF Railway (In 2005), the company is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, and has been a model for railroad success. (Note: This product models the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe period, 1996-2005)
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