The Bachmann O Scale 47025 40' Box Car Soo Line 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:
Soo Line Railroad: The consolidation of several smaller railroads in Wisconsin and Minnesota in 1961 created Canadian Pacific Railway subsidiary Soo Line Railroad, which became CP's Bridge Route from Chicago to Western Canada. In 1985 Soo Line purchased the routes of the Milwaukee Road, and then in 1986 in turn spun off most of the old Soo Line to Wisconsin Central, now merged with Canadian National. In the 2000s Soo Line's identity has faded away into parent Canadian Pacific.
Historic Fact: A Soo Line Railroad predecessor the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Sault Ste. Marie Railway built a rail line across the St. Mary's River (Between Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) parallel to the International Bridge (highway). With all the changes over the years that railway bridge, still serving the rail network, is now owned by Canadian National Railway.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves