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N Scale - Roundhouse - 8831 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, BFF Pickens Door - Peninsula Terminal - 101781

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N Scale - Roundhouse - 8831 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, BFF Pickens Door - Peninsula Terminal - 101781 Copyright Held by TroveStar


Brand Roundhouse
Stock Number 8831
Manufacturer MDC Roundhouse
Body Style MDC Boxcar 50 Foot BFF Pickens Door
Road or Company Name Peninsula Terminal (Details)
Reporting Marks ELS
Road or Reporting Number 101781
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Pewter Metal and Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety BFF Pickens Door
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, BFF Pickens Door
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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Body Style Information: Boxcar, 50 Foot, Pickens Door, Rib Side, Without Roofwalk. They are modeled after a prototype produced by BFF (Berwick Forge and Fabricating). This model can be distinguished from other MDC/Athearn BFF Boxcars by the large placard on the Superior-type door, which (on the prototype) held the NRUC (National Railway Utilization Company) logo. Athearn acquired this tooling from MDC in 2004, and has since re-released it more than once. Athearn markets BFF models with both door styles (Pickens and Youngstown) as 'Berwick Boxcars'. The Athearn models feature magnetically operated couplers and are always RTR.

Brand/Importer Information:
MDC Roundhouse was founded in California and relocated to Reno Nevada due to statewide restrictions on painting. MDC Roundhouse was a producer of both RTR (Ready-to-Run) and kit versions of N Scale rolling stock as well as RTR locomotives. MDC Roundhouse was purchased by Horizon Hobbies in June of 2004 and merged into their Athearn line.

Unlike many of their contemporaries which contracted with European firms to produce their products, MDC made their own toolings. They made several popular body styles and produced them for road names that many other vendors (even Micro-Trains) wouldn't touch. This made them popular with modelers. Also, their un-assembled "kits" permitted a lower price point so they were popular with "runners" as well as "modelers".

Of particular interest was the attention given to modern 50 foot steel boxcars. They made some attempt to accurately mold the differences into distinct models to represent each of the major prototype manufacturers products. They have distinct toolings not only for the different products from FMC, BFF and PS, but also multiple models for each of these manufacturers including "standard" vs "Youngstown" doors and "waffle" vs. "rib" sides. In total they produced 13 different versions of the 50 foot steel boxcar.


Item created by: gdm on 2016-10-13 17:53:18. Last edited by gdm on 2017-08-25 09:19:57

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