The Bachmann HO Silver Series PSI 40' Box Car Boston & Maine is a standard 40' box car built by Pullman Standard following the AAR Postwar box car design. George Pullman launched the Pullman Palace Car Company in 1867- he had designed a sleeping car that became the standard for the railroad industry. In 1924 the manufacturing part of Pullman (the company also leased sleeping cars) was organized as the Pullman Car and Manufacturing Company. The Standard Steel Car Company merged with Pullman in 1934, creating Pullman-Standard. Building both passenger and freight cars, PS was a major railcar manufacturer. With declining passenger business Pullman-Standard built their last sleeping car in 1956. Freight cars continued to be built but PS struggled and spun off divisions until finally in 1984 Trinity Industries bought Pullman-Standard's remaining plants, ending almost 120 years of business.
Road Name and History:
Boston & Maine Railroad: The first line of this railroad was built in 1835. Like most successful railroad companies Boston & Maine grew through construction and aquisition to become one of New England's major railroads. Major routes included the line from Boston to Portland, ME, completed in 1873. In 1900 the B&M purchased the Fitchburg Railroad and became the owner of the famous Hoosac Tunnel (Completed 1875 after many years of construction). Reorganized in 1919, Boston & Maine saw its fortunes decline beginning in the 1930s as New England was losing its industrial base. In 1970 the B&M again went bankrupt, and in 1983 it was absorbed into Guilford Transportation. Under the Pan Am Railways banner many B&M routes are still in operation.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.