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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW-129 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Buffalo Creek - 2630

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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW-129 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Buffalo Creek - 2630


Brand Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Stock Number BLW-129
Commissioned By Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1
Prototype Type Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Road or Company Name Buffalo Creek (Details)
Reporting Marks BCK
Road or Reporting Number 2630
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White & Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, PS-1
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This is Micro-Trains first body style. It was introduced in 1972. Its is a model of a Pullman-Standard PS-1 boxcar from circa 1957. Micro-Trains does not market it as a PS-1 so as to allow themselves some latitude so they can use this car to model non-PS prototypes. Hundreds of different releases have used this body style in various paint schemes and road names. They are equipped with 6' sliding doors, either Youngstown (4/5/4 rib pattern) or Superior (7 panels). It is not a model of a "modern" steel boxcar as the length (40 foot) and the roofwalk are more typical of the transition era (1939 - 1957).

In 2019, Micro-Trains started releasing this model with new body-mounted couplers attached to a new underframe.

Prototype History:
The 40' Boxcar is widely known as one of the most popular freight cars used by railroads as they transitioned from steam to diesel. In particular the Pullman Standard or PS-1 design was one of the most popular and was widely used by North American railroads. These boxcars were built beginning in 1947 and share the same basic design, with certain elements such as door size, door style or roof type varying among the different railroads and production years. When production of these cars ceased in 1963, over 100,000 had been produced.

So just what is a PS-1? Well the simple answer is it is any boxcar built by Pullman Standard from 1947 on. The design changed over the years – sometimes subtly, sometimes for customer request, and sometimes in a larger way. In general, most PS-1’s built from 1947 to 1961 share the same dimensions and basic construction techniques. These cars all had a length of 40′, a height of 10’5″ or 10’6″, welded sides and ends and roof of Pullman’s own design. The greatest variation was in the size and style of doors used. Pullman Standard also offered 50′ and later 60′ boxcars – also with the PS-1 designation.

Road Name History:
The Buffalo Creek Railroad, commonly referred to as the "little Giant" of the Queen City's rail center, observed its 100th anniversary of service in 1969. The railroad was organized in 1868 and incorporated in 1869. The Buffalo Creek was considered a virtal link in the progress of Buffalo's waterfront. As of 1969, the railroad was measured at 34.23 miles of trackage. Little of it ever stood still during operations that carried on 24 hours a day., seven days a week. The railroad fully dieselized in 1948 when its nine steam engines were retired. In the late 1960s, the staff was at 140 employees and annual payroll in excess of $1mm.

Buffalo Creek was a switching road in the heavy industrialized southern portion of Buffalo NY. It was jointly leased and controlled by Erie (Erie-Lackawanna) and Lehigh Valley, and served as the primary switching carrier in Buffalo's grain elevator and mill district. The railroad was recognized far beyond its Buffalo confines by its fleet of grain box cars with the flour sack in a circle logo. When Conrail was formed on April 1, 1976, Buffalo Creek followed EL and LV into the new railroad, and was formally merged out of existence in 1983.

Brand/Importer Information:
Brooklyn Locomotive works is a hobby shop that is located in Manalapan, New Jersey. Pete A. Postel founded BLW in 1979. They specialize in N Scale although they claim to cover other scales as well. In addition to serving as a volume discounter with competitive pricing for N Scale hobbyists, Brooklyn Locomotive works also often works with various manufacturers to create their own line of branded special runs. These special runs are usually only available through their retail operation (online or storefront). They also worked for a limited time in the early 1980s as a custom decorator. They bought undecorated kits from Micro-Trains and painstakingly custom painted and decaled a series of cars for collectors.

Commissioner Information: Brooklyn Locomotive Works is a hobby shop, specialized in N-scale, located in Manalapan, New Jersey, that also sells on-line. BLW regularly commissions special runs.
The company was founded by Pete Postel who announced that he would retired by end of 2018. His brother Paul should continue the business from his own shop Hogtrainz.com.

Brooklyn Locomotive Works (BLW) released special runs from various manufacturers under its own brand until approx. the mid-1980s. Thereafter the special runs where sold under the manufacturer's name and denoted as special runs for BLW. Hence in this database, we assign the BLW brand in the former case, and the original manufacturer's brand in the latter.

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2020-10-17 10:42:02

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