The Bachmann O Scale 47040 40' Box Car Missouri 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:
Missouri Pacific Railroad: The original predecessor of the Missouri Pacific was the Pacific Railroad, which was chartered in 1851. Under the name Missouri Pacific Railway the company reached Kansas City in 1865. In 1879 Jay Gould, the successful but controversial railroad tycoon, bought the Missouri Pacific. Under his leadership the MoPac expanded into Kansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. After Gould's death his son George did not have his Dad's magic touch, and the MP declared bankruptcy in 1915. In 1917 it emerged from bankruptcy and was merged with the St. Louis, Iron Mountain & Southern which expanded MP's presence in the Southwest. The Texas & Pacific Railway was a MoPac partner from 1881, with majority stock ownership achieved in 1928. Again bankrupt in 1933 during the Great Depression, the growth of the region the railroad serves and good management enabled the railroad to become a very important Class I railroad. The very successful Missouri Pacific merged with the Union Pacific in 1982.
Historic Fact: After World War II, Missouri Pacific Railroad (along with some other Class I railroads) established a less-than- carload (lcl) service to compete against the fast-growing trucking industry. Missouri Pacific named their service Eagle Merchandise Service (Our product models this service)- bright colors were used both to enable yard masters to speed the cars across the railroad to compete with trucks and also provide a moving advertising billboard. As the US highway system improved in the 1950s the railroad's lcl service could not remain competitive, and was thus terminated.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves