The Bachmann O Scale 47049 40' Box Car Bangor & Aroostook 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:
Bangor & Aroostook Railroad: In 1882 the Katahdin Iron Works opened the Bangor & Katahdin Iron Works Railway to connect to the Bangor & Piscataquis Railroad. In 1891 the two lines were combined into the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad. With Bangor, ME, as the starting point, B&A reached Houlton in 1894, and Caribou in 1895. The line reached Van Buren, ME in 1899, with an internatonal bridge constructed at that point to connect with the Canadian rail system in 1915. Bangor & Aroostook's main traffic source was potatoes, supplemented by paper, pulpwood, and wood chip products. The transfer of potatoes to trucks and closing paper mills resulted in an ever reduced Bangor & Aroostook system, and after purchase by Iron Road Railways in 1995 the B&A went bankrupt in 2002. Purchased by Rail World in 2003, the B&A routes were split up among various carriers. The remaining routes are now operated by Central Maine & Quebec Railway.
Historic Fact: Between 1950 and 1953 the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad took delivery of 500 40' box cars from Pacific Car and Foundry (later Paccar). These cars were delivered in the bold red, white, and blue scheme with the words in large print "State of Maine Products" on both sides of these cars (This product models these cars).
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Height: 3 1/2"
Navigates O-27 curves