The Bachmann O Scale 47021 40' Box Car Pennsylvania Merchandise Service 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:
Pennsylvania Railroad: This huge Eastern trunk line began as a trans-Pennsylvania railroad in 1846. With outstanding leaders such as J. Edgar Thomson and Tom Scott the railroad expanded throughout the East, with main lines reaching to Chicago and St. Louis. For many years the largest US railroad and very proud of it, the Pennsylvania billed itself "The Standard Railroad of the World". Major engineering projects such as the Hudson River Tunnels, Penn Station(1910), and Eastern line electrification (1920s-30s) solidified Pennsylvania's reputation as a great American institution. An overbuilt Northeast rail network, a declining industrial base, and huge passenger train losses pushed the PRR to merge with arch-rival New York Central in 1968.
Historic Fact: Like many Class I railroads, the Pennsylvania Railroad had a less-than-carload service-the Pennsy called their service "Merchandise Service"- that loaded the orders of various customers into a box car (such as this product). For customers that could not fill a box car, it enabled them to take advantage of reduced rates by combining their shipments with other smaller companies that also could not fill a box car. Trucking made this service obsolete and by the 1950s it was fading away all across North America.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves