The Bachmann HO Silver Series PSI 40' Box Car Seaboard Air Line 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:
Seaboard Air Line Railroad: The Portsmouth and Roanoke Rail Road was chartered in 1832 to build a rail line from Portsmouth, VA, to Weldon, NC. Like many railroads the SAL expanded through construction and consolidation. What became the Seaboard Air Line reached Hamlet, NC- which became a major yard - in 1877 and in 1892 the SAL reached Atlanta. In the late 1890s the route was extended north to Richmond. In 1900 a new line from Columbia to Cheraw, SC, created a new main route to Florida.In 1927 with the Florida Land Boom SAL opened a new line to Miami. The railroad went into receivership in 1930, but emerged after World War II a successful railroad. Always a weaker rival to Atlantic Coast Line and Southern, in 1967 the SAL merged with Atlantic Coast Line to become Seaboard Coast Line. Now part of CSX, the Raleigh-Atlanta route is important to the megarailroad. Many of the SAL routes were deemed to be redundant and were abandoned.
Travel Tip: Hamlet, NC, was very much the heart of the former Seaboard Air Line Railroad. The former Seaboard Depot in that city is now an excellent museum of area railroad history. A true railroad town, CSX Transportation still operates the former Seaboard yard in Hamlet as a major terminal. Rail traffic converges on several CSX routes in Downtown Hamlet. (Located east of Charlotte,NC, on US Highway 74 )
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.