The Bachmann O Scale 47018 40' Box Car with Map Lehigh Valley 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:
Lehigh Valley Railroad: The Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill & Susquehanna Railroad was incorporated in 1846 to build a railroad from Easton, PA, to the anthracite coal mines located near Mauch Chunk, PA (now called Jim Thorpe). The line was opened in 1855. By construction and merging other railroads the Lehigh Valley (new name in 1853) reached Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1867. In 1865 by purchasing the Pennsylvania & New York Railroad the LV was able to connect with the Erie at Waverly, PA. Losing its eastern connections, the LV opened its own route to the Atlantic Ocean at Perth Amboy, NJ, in 1875, and finally to the major port of Jersey City in 1899. The Lehigh Valley completed a line to Buffalo, NY, in 1892- the western limit of the railroad. In the 1890s the LV was controlled by the Reading and by J. P. Morgan for short periods, regaining its independence in 1902. The little railroad in the crowded New York-Buffalo market began seeing the decline of anthracite coal- its bread and butter- and increased highway competition by the 1930s. By 1961 the Pennsylvania Railroad had purchased the Lehigh Valley. Deteriorating conditions for Northeastern railroads culminating with the Penn Central bankruptcy in 1970 sent the LV into bankruptcy. In 1976 the failing Lehigh Valley was consolidated into ConRail.
Travel Tip: Sayre, Pennsylvania was a very important city to the former Lehigh Valley Railroad. A visit to the Sayre Historical Society Museum located in the former Lehigh Valley Passenger Station in that city has a "renowned" collection of Lehigh Valley memorabilia. Visit Sayre! (We are not compensated for these tips. All information is provided free!)
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 11" (279.4 cm)
Height: 3 1/2" (88.9 cm)
Width: 2 1/2" (63.5 cm)
Navigates O-27 curves