The Bachmann O Scale 47041 40' Box Car New Haven 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:
New Haven: The Hartford & New Haven Railroad opened a route from New Haven, CT, to Springfield, MA, with ferry connections to New York in 1839. That railroad merged with the New York & New Haven to become the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad in 1872. Around 1900 the financier J. P. Morgan began the process of consolidating railroads in Southern New England. As a result by 1929 the New Haven had absorbed around 100 independent railroads to become the dominant railroad in Southern New England. One major achievement of the company was the electrification of the New York-New Haven main line in the 1920s. With the Great Depression the New Haven went bankrupt in 1935, and did not emerge from receivership until 1947. By the second half of the 20th Century the decline of New England's manufacturing base, the short hauls inherent to New England railroads, and passenger and commuter losses meant tough times for the New Haven. In 1968 the struggling New Haven was absorbed by Penn Central, a forced marriage ordered by the Interstate Commerce Commission.
Historic Fact: Controversial railroad executive Patrick McGinnis took control of the New Haven Railroad in a proxy fight in 1955. His 22 months as President of the railroad were a disaster from which the already ailing railroad could never recover. The McGinnis paint scheme (which this product models) seems to have been his major contribution to the New Haven.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves