The Lionel O Scale 6-15084 Hi-Cube Box Car Great Northern 15084 models the hi-cube box car (or boxcar). Hi-cube box cars were built in the mid 1960s in a 40' length specifically for the appliance industry. The added height allowed for the loading of more units per car, but the appliance loads from plant to warehouse did not require a 50' car. With the appliance industry turning more to truck transport the smaller 40' size hi-cube box cars- 50' was the standard by that time- were subsequently retired.
Road Name and History:
Great Northern Railway: In 1878 James J. Hill, and his associate George Stephen, purchased two bankrupt railroads in Minnesota and organized them as the St. Paul, Minneapois, & Manitoba Railway. Using this railroad, Hill built west and reached Devils Lake, ND, in 1885. By 1886 another Hill line, the Montana Central, was incorporated to build a rail line between Great Falls and Butte, MT. Extending the SPM&M west a through route was created from St. Paul, MN, to Butte, MT, in 1888. The Minneapolis & St. Cloud Railway, chartered in 1856, was taken over by James Hill in 1881, and he used this charter to extend a rail line to Duluth, MN, and Superior, WI. He renamed this railroad the Great Northern Railway, which he consolidated with the SPM&M, with plans to extend the route from St. Paul through to Puget Sound. Building west without Federal money or a land grant, the Great Northern Railway was built through Marias Pass in the Montana Rockies and over the Cascade Range in Washington State at Stevens Pass. The transcontinental line was completed in 1893, with the Cascade Tunnel replacing the line over Stevens Pass in 1900. James Hill, a sharp and shrewd railroad manager, had the best route across the Northern United States, and the Great Northern came to be the dominant carrier in the Pacific Northwest. The Great Northern thrived as an important transcontinental US railroad.
Historic Trivia: The mountain goat emblem was developed by the Great Northern Railway in 1921. The idea came to W. P. Kenney, a Great Northern Vice President, citing GN's role in the development of Glacier National Park in Montana. Great Northern's Public Relations and Advertising Department animated the goat for television ads promoting Great Northern passenger trains. The name "Rocky", part of this effort, was coined in 1955.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.
Length: 10 1/2"
Minimum curve: O-27
Model Trains since 1900.