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Body Style Information: Designed, engineered, and tooled in the United States, these models have factory installed Micro-Trains Line stock number 1015 couplers, narrow-style, body mounted draft gear boxes, with shank wedges, striker casting and full nut and bolt detail, ExactRail's own Barber ASF 100 Ton Ride Control trucks, CNC machined 36" metal wheel-sets with steel axles, accurate lettering styles and logotypes, razor sharp printing, and true to life paint colors. This is a fairly basic model, although the molding is fine enough that it qualifies as a 3rd generation model. It lacks interior detail and doesn't have any separately applied detail other than the brake wheel. The paint detail on the trucks with the body mount couplers and nice quality wheels make it a very nice model (especially at this price), but you should likely add a load to it to make it look as good as it can.
One thing that puzzled me is that the website lists these as 'Thrall' Gondolas, whereas the individual packages denote them as the prototype being 'Trinity'. Apparently this is because the prototypes were originally made by Thrall, but Thrall is now (as of 2001) a subsidiary of Trinity Industries.
Prototype Information: Continuing today at TrinityRail, with very little alteration to the original design, the production of the utilitarian and ultra modern Thrall Car Manufacturing Company 3564 mill gondola was begun in the mid-1990s.
With its sixty six foot length and six foot high sides, the 3564 gondola has a massive presence that makes it an icon of contemporary North American railcars.
According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo. For instance, the railroad hauls enough coal to generate roughly ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation on September 22, 1995. This new holding company then purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often called the "Santa Fe") and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996. On January 24, 2005, the railroad's name was officially changed to "BNSF Railway," using the initials of its original name.
In 1999, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Canadian National Railway announced their intention to merge and form a new corporation entitled North American Railways to be headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The United States' Surface Transportation Board (STB) placed a 15-month moratorium on all rail mergers, which ended this merger.
On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for $100 per share in cash and stock - a deal valued at $44 billion. The company is investing an estimated $34 billion in BNSF and acquiring $10 billion in debt. On February 12, 2010, shareholders of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation voted in favor of the acquisition.
Read more on Wikipedia. A very nice booklet "History and Legacy" is available on BNSF official website.
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Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-08-22 00:40:37. Last edited by nscalemodeler160 on 2016-08-22 02:00:17
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