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Production Type Special Run
Stock Number EN-51706-1
Brand ExactRail
Commissioned By Amherst Railway Society
Manufacturer ExactRail
Body Style ExactRail Gondola 52 Foot 6 Inch Thrall 2743
Road or Company Name Amherst Belt Lines (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan ABEL is... ABLE!
Reporting Marks ABEL
Road or Reporting Number 194262
Paint Color(s) Boxcar Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 2017-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Gondola
Model Subtype 52 Foot
Model Variety Ribbed Straight Side
Prototype North America
Prototype Era V: 1979 - Present
Prototype Gondola, 52 Foot, Thrall 2743 (Details)
Scale 1/160

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Specific Item Information: Special release for Amherst Railways Society Show event in January 2017 in West Springfield MA.

Model 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.

Prototype History:
Introduced by Thrall Car Manufacturing Co., in 1995, with its new interior height of 5' 6" (i.e., a 6" increase in height over the previous standard), the firm's contemporary design for a 52' 6" length 2743 cubic foot capacity gondola car took advantage of a (then) newly allowed increase in Gross Rail Loading (GRL) of 286,000 lbs, which was up from the previous limit of 263,000 lbs.

Acquired by Trinity Industries (now TrinityRail) in 2001, from 1995 to 1999, Thrall produced over 6,700 of the 2743 gondolas. An excellent book exists on the topic of this particular railcar written by David G. Casdorph. It is available for sale on

The manufacture of the 2743 design was resumed by Trinity in 2005.

Road Name History:
The Amherst Belt Lines is a modular model railroad - a set of independent, but standardized, portable sections that can be assembled in a variety of ways to form a fully operating model railroad.

While some Belt Lines modules are club-owned, the majority are built and owned by our members.

The club sets electrical specifications and track standards where modules meet. Beyond that, module owners are free to exercise their own modeling interests and creativity. There are no requirements for modeling era or scenery.

Brand/Importer Information:
Dedicated to creating replicas that continue to define standards for precision and authenticity, through its unique expertise in mold creation and product design, Provo, Utah based ExactRail has produced some of the industry's most acclaimed models; true benchmarks for quality over the last decade.

With the N-Scale Series, ExactRail offers precision micro-tooled replicas in 1:160 scale. Each model features fine-scale detail, expert hand-assembly and the finest finish-work in the industry. ExactRail's N-scale Series offers enthusiasts innovative small scale replicas with unprecedented quality and design.

Manufacturer Information: ExactRail is dedicated to the creation of fine-scale replicas. Distinguished by our unique expertise in mold creation and product design, ExactRail's replicas are some of the most acclaimed models and the true benchmarks for quality of the last decade.

ExactRail is committed to serving the hobby with replicas that continue to define standards for precision and authenticity. They are located in Beautiful Provo Utah!

Item created by: gdm on 2017-01-31 15:33:46. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-05 16:25:14

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