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History: The 50’ NACC boxcar was designed and built by the North American Car Corporation (NACC) in the early 1960s. The car was an insulated boxcar equipped with a plug-door. Insulated cars are used to carry various commodities that are temperature sensitive. The plug door offers better sealing of the car to maintain temperature and better protection from weather, theft, and other possible damages.
North American Car built the 50600-50624 series in 1965, and the 50625-50674 in May, 1966 for lease to the Rio Grande. These exterior post cars were assembled by North American using Stanray roofs and ends, Keystone cushioned underframes, 10 foot Superior plug doors, and either Euipco or Evans load divider bulkheads and side fillers. The 50600-50624 had Morton perforated running boards but the 50625-50674 were built without roof walks and full-height side ladders which were to be banned beginning January 1, 1967. Both series used Wabcopac truck mounted brake cylinders and the livery was modified to delete the silver paint below the black stripe. The 50638 was assigned for loading on the New York Central (which was shown in the picture) These cars were returned to North American by 1972 and were replaced by more modern reefers with the same numbers.
In 1986 GE Railcar Services Corp. acquired the assets of North American Car Corp. GE acquired ~35000 railcars and 14 maintenance units in North America at a cost of $420 million. North American Car, a unit of Tiger International Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in Los Angeles in December, 1984. NACC had been Tiger International's only profitable unit.
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Item created by: gdm on 2018-03-16 09:28:59. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-16 10:31:48
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