The Bachmann O Scale 47014 40' Box Car Chicago & North Western models the standard 40' box car. By the 1920s North American railroads began replacing their 36' and smaller box cars with new 40' designs. With the need for economy and improved track infrastructure, heavier freight cars were needed. The Great Depression suppressed new box car purchases, and the 40' car became the standard. After World War II, with a booming economy and manufacturing restrictions lifted, new box cars were usually of the 50' size.
Historic Fact: In 1942 the 40' box car dominated North American railroads. At that time over 750,000 40' box cars were in service!
Road Name and History:
Chicago & North Western Railway: The Chicago & North Western Railway was chartered in 1859. Its original predecessor line, in which track was actually layed, was the Galena & Chicago Union Railroad, started in 1865. Like all 19th Century railroads C&NW grew by building new track and consolidating with other lines. The Midwest Farm Belt was heavily overbuilt with railroads- called Granger lines- and competition between Chicago and Omaha- and the Union Pacific main line to California- was fierce for many years. Chicago & North Western emerged as one of the more successful of those roads, merging the Omaha Road in 1957, the Minneapolis & St. Louis in 1960, and the Chicago Great Western in 1968. Disappointed at the low rate of return in the railroad industry, in 1968 a holding company called Northwest Industries diversified outside the railroad industry. In 1972 Northwest Industries disposed of C & NW, which was bought by its employees. In all the consolidations and changes among the Granger Roads the North Western was always a survivor. In 1995 it fulfilled Union Pacific's long time dream- with merger UP had a direct Omaha-Chicago route.
Travel Tip: The Illinois Railway Museum, located in Union, IL, is one of the largest and most important railroad museums in North America. The museum features in its Chicago & North Western Collection 19 pieces of rolling stock. A great place to learn about the North Western!
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves