The Bachmann HO Silver Series 52' Flat Car Norfolk & Western models the 52' flat car that has been in common usage on North American railroads for many years. Flat cars were used as early as the 1820s to haul rocks in New England, and were the first type of freight rolling stock developed at the advent of the railroad industry. Designs were to improve to carry heavier loads to match more powerful locomotives and to increase efficiency throughout the 19th and 20th Century. While Bachmann is not specific on this car (It is very generic), it looks to be a Circa 1950s model.
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Norfolk & Western Railway: Norfolk & Western Railway's original predecessor line was the City Point Railroad, built in 1838. As was usual during the 19th Century several consolidations resulted in the forming, from the South Side Railroad and the Virginia & Tennessee Railroad, of the Atlantic, Mississippi, & Ohio Railroad (1870). That railroad was reorganized as the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1881. Reaching the coal fields of West Virginia and building, in 1886, port facilities at Lambert's Point, Virginia, ensured the railroad would have a very successful 20th Century. In 1964 Norfolk & Western shook up the Midwest rail map by merging with the Nickle Plate, Wabash, and other carriers to become a major Eastern railroad. The N &W gained fame both for its innovations in steam power (Such as the "J" Class) and also its commitment to steam relatively late in the diesel era. A strong, well-managed, and well-respected carrier, N& W partnered in 1982 with Southern Railway to form Norfolk Southern.
Travel Tip: Norfolk & Western Railway's home town was Roanoke, Virginia. The Virginia Museum of Transportation is an outstanding museum in that city with N&W steam locomotives and much more. The beautiful Hotel Roanoke was once owned by the railroad- it is worth a visit as well.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.