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Rail - Rolling Stock (Freight) - Boxcar - 62 Foot BX-166
Name Boxcar, 62 Foot, BX-166
Region North America
Category Rail
Type Rolling Stock (Freight)
SubType Boxcar
Variety 62 Foot BX-166
Manufacturer Santa Fe (Details)
Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



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History: The BX-166 was a product of Santa Fe's Topeka, Kansas shops in the late 1970s. The BX-155, BX-161, BX-166 and BX-177 were all similar designs. The BX-166 was the double plug door design and was 62 feet long. When built, they were painted in the railroad's Indian Red paint scheme with the 'Shock Control' logo on the sides. In later years, the cars were repainted in a simplified mineral red scheme. Some repainted cars had a small circle-cross herald applied in the upper left corner, while others had reporting marks only.

Many of these cars are still in service, four decades after being built. Some are used for beer service while others carry recycled paper. These cars have twoe 8-foot insulated plug doors on each side.

Railroad/Company: The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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Item created by: gdm on 2018-08-14 10:17:03

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