The Bachmann O Scale 47037 40' Box Car Rio Grande 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:
Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad: The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (Rio Grande) was the dream of William Jackson Palmer, who with several other men incorporated the Denver & Rio Grande Railway in 1870. With Santa Fe seizing the Raton Pass route in a battle waged on site and in the courts, the D&RG would not build to El Paso. Having beaten the Santa Fe at the Royal Gorge, the D&RG built routes to Leadville, CO, and an extensive network of narrow gauge lines to serve Colorado's Rocky Mountain region. A subsidiary established in 1883, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, built east from Provo,UT, reaching Grand Junction,CO, in 1883. The route was standard gauged in 1890. Saddled with debt to build the Western Pacific, the railroad went bankrupt in 1918, emerging as the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1920. After another bankruptcy in 1935 the D&RGW gained a direct route (via trackage rights) from Denver to Salt Lake City using the Moffat Tunnel, avoiding the long climb over Tennessee Pass. The "Moffat Road" was merged into the Rio Grande in 1947. Post World War II the Rio Grande was fairly successful, actually purchasing the far larger struggling Southern Pacific in 1988. As part of the arrangement of the Western US into two great rail systems, the new "SP"(The name SP was used instead of Rio Grande) was merged into the Union Pacific in 1996.
Historic Fact: William Jackson Palmer was a very busy, industrious man. In 1871 he founded the City of Colorado Springs, which has grown to be Colorado's second largest city.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves