The MTH HO 70 Ton Mill Gondola Car Milwaukee Road 92490 models the 70 ton mill gondola car, which was introduced just after World War II by several railcar manufacturers. These cars remained popular through the 1950s. Gondolas (Note the vague similarity to the boats used in Venice) have been used by North American railroads since the 19th Century, for coal, gravel, crushed rock, and many other commodities. Still used for diverse commodities, the gondola has become a popular car used by the steel industry to haul everything from scrap to coiled steel. As the name of this car "mill" implies, this 70 ton post World War II model was built to serve steel mills.
Road Name and History:
Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad(The Milwaukee Road): The Milwaukee Road's original predecessor line was the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad, that opened a line from Milwaukee to Wauwatosa, WI, in 1851. With the Panic of 1857 the railroad went bankrupt in 1859. In 1867 the Milwaukee & Prairie du Chien was merged into the Milwaukee & St. Paul. In 1871 the name of the company was changed to Chicago, Milwaukee, & St. Paul. During the latter part of the 19th Century the CM&StP grew into a major regional carrier with routes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota, and the Upper Peninsula on Michigan. In the Midwest which was seriously overbuilt with railroads, the Milwaukee Road was considered a stand-out. Between 1906-1909 the Milwaukee Road built its Pacific Coast Extension to the Puget Sound, and between 1914 and 1917 electrified their lines through the Rockies and Cascades. With the Great Depression the road again went bankrupt in 1935. After World War II the fact the Midwest was overbuilt with railroads took its toll, and the Milwaukee Road sought but never was able to find a merger partner. The creation of Burlington Northern in 1970 opened new Gateways for the road, which helped the Pacific Extension. The routes in the Midwest were faltering, and the situation was not getting better. Milwaukee Road ended electrification in 1973, went bankrupt again in 1977, and in 1980 closed the Pacific Extension. Still faced with red ink, in 1986 Soo Line merged the Milwaukee Road into the Soo. Canadian Pacific Railway still operates many Milwaukee Road routes- it is the former Milwaukee CP uses as its Chicago-St. Paul line.
We recommend Ages 14 and Up.