The Lionel O Scale 6-16284 Box Car Galveston Wharves models a standard box car. Introduced in the 19th Century to protect loads inside an enclosed box (thus "box" car), the box car for many years was the backbone of North American freight car fleets. While many box cars have been replaced by more specialized railcars starting in the 1960s, the box car is still in very common use on railroads to this day.
Galveston Wharves: The City of Galveston, Texas, formed the Galveston Wharves Railway in 1900 to provide switching services for railroads serving the Port of Galveston. In 1987 the City of Galveston turned over operations of the railroad to Rail Management Corporation, which named the railroad the Galveston Railroad. In 2005 Rail Management sold the Galveston Railroad to Genesee & Wyoming, the largest operator of regional and short line railroads in North America.
Historic Fact: In the 1870s at the dawn of rapid railroad growth in Texas the cities of Houston and Galveston were in serious competition. The railroad connecting the two cities- the Galveston, Houston & Henderson- was Galveston's only rail outlet. Outbreaks of yellow fever caused the City of Houston to often quarantine rail traffic from Galveston, which stopped all trains leaving Galveston. To bypass Houston, the City of Galveston chartered the Gulf, Colorado, & Santa Fe Railway, which enabled Galveston to avoid losing rail service due to quarantines.
Recommended for Ages 14 and Up.