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N Scale - InterMountain - 6401011-01 - Gondola, Bathtub, Bethgon Coalporter - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 671176

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N Scale - InterMountain - 6401011-01 - Gondola, Bathtub, Bethgon Coalporter - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 671176


Production Type Regular Production
Stock Number 6401011-01
Original Retail Price $19.95
Brand InterMountain
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Intermountain Gondola Bathtub
Prototype Gondola, Bathtub, Bethgon Coalporter (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks BNSF
Road or Reporting Number 671176
Paint Color(s) White
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Intermountain Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Gondola
Model Subtype Bathtub
Model Variety Bethgon Coalporter
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: This Intermountain model features some excellent detail work. Of particular note is the handrails at each car end, brake details, and grab irons. The underframes don't have much detail but we suspect that this is true of the prototype as well. Some of the brake components seem to be molded on whereas other parts are separately applied details. Overall the car ends are the highlight of this model. Being an older model, the couplers are truck mounted and plastic wheels are present on the trucks. That being said, InterMountain used MTL Barber truck/couplers and the result is a car that tracks and runs very well. Now, it is possible to swap the wheels with nicely made blackened wheels supplied by Fox Valley, InterMountain and (coming later in 2017) MTL OEM wheels.

On the negative side, the factory-supplied plastic coal loads are a total write-off and should be swapped at your earliest convenience with a Hay Brothers (or equivalent) resin cast load. Please look at item for an example of one of these cars with a Hay Brothers Load

Prototype History:
Since 1982, the BethGon Coalporter has been hauling "black diamonds" across the United States. The largest selling Coal Gondola in the world, the car's double tub design increases hauling capacity while reducing maintenance requirements. Tubs below the car lower the center of gravity, providing a smoother ride.

Today, coal is no longer sold at the volume it once was in the United States, and many coal carrying railroad cars have sadly been left to rust. Bethgon Coalporters could transport 44,000 pounds of these “black diamonds,” a necessity for the railroad in the era of a coal-driven country; therefore, a need of recycling these cars had to be found!

Since the use of grain for animal feed is popular for farmers in the western part of the United States, Bethgons proved up for the challenge and some were converted for use as a Protein Gondola. These covered gondolas are used in freight trains in the western and southern parts of the states in long, endless fleets providing useful feed for farm animals. Since the load of feed is biodegradable and therefore needs to be delivered as quickly as possible, trains carrying these long loads are given top priority on the rails.

Road Name History:
The BNSF Railway (reporting mark BNSF) is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) (its primary competitor for Western U.S. freight), and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 48,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide high-speed links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.[2] The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.

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.

Brand/Importer Information:
InterMountain was founded in 1985 by Fred Brummet. They got started in the model railroad business by producing O-Scale model kits. They got started in the N Scale business almost a decade later when in 1994 they introduced the 40-23 reefer car in kit form. Later, in 1998, they started producing RTR (Ready-to-Run) models. By the early 2000s, InterMountain phased out kit production in favor of the RTR models.

The InterMountain Railway company is located at 1224 Boston Ave in Longmont, CO. They are a manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale model trains. They have produced kits as well as RTR (Ready-To-Run) models. Their N Scale products include locomotives as well as rolling stock. Their rolling stock lineup includes Boxcars, Hoppers, Tank Cars, Reefers, Gondolas, Stock Cars and Flatcars.

Their locomotive releases have primarily been diesel units, with the one major exception being their series of AC-12 Cab Forward steam locos. Their diesel lineup includes F3's, F7's, F9's, SD40's, SD45's and FT units. They are known for quality and detail. They also release their rolling stock in larger varieties of road numbers than most of the other manufacturers.


Item created by: gdm on 2018-10-12 11:07:40

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