The Bachmann O Scale 47020 40' Box Car Santa Fe 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:
Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway: The dream of Cyrus Holliday was a railroad to Santa Fe and the Pacific. Chartered in Kansas in 1859, the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway slowly stretched its lines across Kansas, then on to Colorado and New Mexico. By 1883 the Santa Fe had reached Needles, CA, and with an agreement with Southern Pacific reached Los Angeles (Fulfilling a dream) in 1897. In 1886 Santa Fe purchased a line extending its reach to Texas. One huge investment was the 1907 completion of the Belen Cut-Off that saved the railroad the time and expense of Raton Pass. Well-managed and profitable, the Santa Fe was a leader among railroads, innovating with fast freight trains and glamorous passenger trains. The company became closely associated with the Romantic Southwest, a relationship it cultivated. Prosperous to the end, in 1995 with US rail systems consolidating Santa Fe joined Burlington Northern to form Burlington Northern & Santa Fe (Later BNSF).
Interesting Movie: The film "The Harvey Girls" starring Judy Garland is a nostalgic way to learn the story of the "Harvey Girls" and their contribution to the settlement of the West (Done in the Hollywood style of the 1940s). The great song "Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe" is a film highlight. The song won the Oscar in 1946 for "Best Original Song". Watch the movie and you will see why!
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves