The Bachmann HO Silver Series 40' Gondola Car Nickle Plate Road models the 40' gondola car common to the railroad industry in the 1920s. Gondolas (Note the vague similarity to the boats used in Venice) have been used by North American railroads since the early days of railroading. Still in use as a very common type of rail car, they are used to haul coal, gravel, crushed rock, steel, and many other bulk commodities.
Road Name and History:
Nickel Plate Road: The New York, Chicago, & St. Louis Railroad finished its Buffalo to Chicago line in 1882, and with further extensions also reached St. Louis. A small but successful railroad in the Midwest often fought over by larger rivals, the Nickle Plate (Made as a joke on the quality of construction but the name stuck) was known for its fast service. It survived successfully until it was merged into Norfolk & Western in 1964. Known for its fast freight service, the high-powered 2-8-4 Berkshires were ideal for Nickle Plate's operating style.
Travel Tip: The Mad River & NKP Railroad Museum in Bellevue, OH, is a great place to learn more about the Nickle Plate Road. Bellevue, once the hub of NKP operations, continues to function as a major classification yard for NKP successor Norfolk Southern Railway.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.