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N Scale - True Line Trains - 600089 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Newsprint - British Columbia - 4618

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N Scale - True Line Trains - 600089 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Newsprint - British Columbia - 4618


Brand True Line Trains
Stock Number 600089
Original Retail Price $28.34
Manufacturer True Line Trains
Body Style True Line Boxcar Steel 50 Foot Newsprint
Prototype Description Boxcar, 50 Foot, Newsprint
Road or Company Name British Columbia (Details)
Reporting Marks BCOL
Road or Reporting Number 4618
Paint Color(s) Green
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date 2009-09-25
Release Date 2010-04-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Newsprint



Model Information: The first N-Scale release in the True Line Gold Series is based on the popular HO scale 50' Newsprint car. These cars are typical to the Gold Series products where they include hand applied detail parts including underbody details, Atlas trucks, metal door rods and separately molded ladders. These detailed and accurately decorated cars are prototypically Canadian and will be are at home on any layout.
  • Micro-Trains(R) Line trucks and couplers
  • Trucks are screw mounted
  • Metal door braces
  • Hand applied parts
  • Prototypically correct
  • Limited Run
  • Gold Series Quality and packaging
  • Unique and prototypically Canadian
  • Canadian Roads and New Road #'s
Prototype information : In 1967 The National Steel Car Corporation started building 70 ton 50' Box Cars specifically designed for shipping rolls of newsprint from paper mills in Canada to Newsprint Companies throughout North America.
A total of 3,592 cars were manufactured between 1967 and 1971 for six railroads. The vast majority of these cars remain in revenue service in 2008.
The cars have an inside height of 11' 0" enabling newsprint rolls to be loaded in two tiers to provide maximum protection to the bruiseable newsprint rolls, the cars have smooth interior walls and cushioned underframes. The cars feature an aluminum roof, NSC-designed corrugated ends either smooth or an exterior-post Youngstown 9' wide plug door.

Road Name History:
BC Rail (reporting mark BCOL, BCIT), known as the British Columbia Railway between 1972 and 1984 and as the Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE) before 1972, was a railway that operated in the Canadian province of British Columbia between 1912 and 2004. It was a class II regional railway and the third-largest in Canada, operating 2,320 km (1,440 mi) of mainline track. Its operations were owned by the public as a crown corporation from 1918 until 2004, when the provincial government leased operations for 999 years to CN. The track and other assets, including a marine division and stevedoring subsidiary as well as large tracts of real estate, remain under public ownership. 40 km of track serving the Roberts Bank Superport that were scheduled to be sold to OmniTRAX remain under BC Rail management due to that sale being cancelled because of the transaction being tainted by an influence-peddling and bribery scandal resulting in convictions in 2010. The provincial government, which promised when originally elected to never sell the railway, has announced that the crown corporation and its remaining operations and assets would be "wound down" and taken over by various departments of the Ministry of Transportation The details of the sale/lease to CN, which are related to the OmniTRAX affair, have become the subject of protracted public inquiry as part of the proceedings of the trial surrounding a scandal known as the British Columbia Legislature Raids Affair, or "Railgate". Government leaders and civil servants involved with the arrangements to CN have refused to comment on the deal because the matter "is before the courts".

Chartered in 1912, the railway was acquired by the provincial government in 1918 after running into financial difficulties. A railway that ran "from nowhere, to nowhere" for over 30 years, neither passing through any major city nor interchanging with any other railway, its southern terminus was at Squamish and its northern terminus at Quesnel during that period. It expanded significantly between 1949 and 1984. Primarily a freight railway, it also offered passenger service, as well as some excursion services, most notably the Royal Hudson excursion train. The railway's operations only reached profitability in 1980, due to large capital and operating debts, which were intended as subsidies to develop and sustain mining and timber economies and employment in the regions it accessed, though during the 1980s it regularly posted significant profits, contributing to the public treasury significantly, and maintained a lower operating debt than any of the continent's other major railways. The railway's operations and management, as one of the province's largest crown corporations, have necessarily been at the centre of public debate since its takeover. Notably, as example, the Social Credit governments of WAC Bennett and his son Bill Bennett forgave the railways' capital debts in 1954 and 1979, respectively, with bookkeeping matters related to that bringing much criticism. The current provincial government has been accused of fabricating falsehoods about the state of its debts and viability in order to justify the deal with CN, claiming the railway was in disarray. Other participants in the bidding process withdrew their bids, saying that CN had unfair access to confidential information about their own operations, provided by the government, and at least one bidder (Canadian Pacific) privately stated in since-released communications that the bid was "rigged". Controversy over CN's management of the line has focused on layoffs, toxic spills and other safety concerns, and cuts in service to some regions. The line has generated profits for CN in the range of $25 million per year since its takeover of the railway's operations.

Brand/Importer Information:
The Canadian distributor for Life-Like products, Hobbycraft Canada, saw a missing segment in market for Canadian model prototypes, and started producing a few Canadian models that were later, with a few modifications, offered in the US market with US roadnames. At a later point Hobbycraft Canada was renamed Life-Like Canada.

When Life-Like was acquired by Walthers, Life-Like Canada was spun off and renamed True Line Trains. They are known as manufacturers of prototypically accurate HO- and N-scale locomotives and freight cars.


Item created by: Alain LM on 2016-07-27 08:40:56. Last edited by Alain LM on 2016-07-27 11:40:56

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