The Bachmann HO Silver Series 56' ACF Centerflow Hopper Car Santa Fe models the ACF Centerflow hopper cars introduced by ACF Industries (New name for American Car and Foundry adopted in 1954) in the early 1960s. The Centerflow design featured a single central line of outlets as the car was designed without a center sill. Previous hopper cars had two lines of outlets on the car- on either side of the center sill. American Car and Foundry was formed in 1899 by the merging of 13 smaller railroad car builders. The company, as ACF Industries, based in St.Charles, MO, survives today both as a major railcar manufacturer and car lessor.
Road Name and History:
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway: The dream of Cyrus Holliday was a railroad to Santa Fe and the Pacific. Chartered in Kansas in 1859, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway slowly stretched its lines across Kansas, then on to Colorado and New Mexico. By 1883 the Santa Fe had reached Needles, CA, and with an agreement with Southern Pacific reached Los Angeles (Fulfilling a dream) in 1897. In 1886 Santa Fe purchased a line extending its reach to Texas. One huge investment was the 1907 completion of the Belen Cut-Off that saved the railroad the time and expense of Raton Pass. Well-managed and profitable, the Santa Fe was a leader among railroads, innovating with fast freight trains and glamorous passenger trains. The company became closely associated with the Romantic Southwest, a relationship it cultivated. Prosperous to the end, in 1995 with US rail systems consolidating Santa Fe joined Burlington Northern to form Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (Later BNSF).
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.