The Bachmann O Scale 47002 40' Box Car Southern Pacific 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:
Southern Pacific Railroad: Southern Pacific started as a land holding company in 1865. Under the direction of Collis Huntington, SP absorbed the original western end of the first transcontinental railroad,Central Pacific. The Southern Pacific grew into a major Western railroad, with routes extending from California to New Orleans and Portland, OR, by 1900. SP was by far the dominant rail carrier in California, where their alleged heavy-handed policies incurred public wrath. Also around 1900 the Southern Pacific came under the control of E. H. Harriman who also controlled the Union Pacific. Natural merger partners, the Supreme Court broke the two rail giants apart in 1913. In 1932 Southern Pacific gained access to St. Louis by gaining control of the Cotton Belt. Once a Western railroad powerhouse, an aborted merger with Santa Fe in the 1980s left the carrier weak. In 1988 it was purchased by Rio Grande Industries, which also owned the Denver & Rio Grande Western. Operating under the name Southern Pacific, the merged company struggled to find its footing until rescued by Union Pacific in 1996. E. H. Harriman's dream had at last come true.
Historic Fact: Like many Class I railroads, the Southern Pacific Railroad had a less-than-carload service-the Espee called their service "Overnights"- 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