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N Scale - Red Caboose - RN-17403-02 - Boxcar, 55 Foot, Thrall All-Door - Sacramento Valley Moulding - 20153

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Brand Red Caboose
Stock Number RN-17403-02
Original Retail Price $20.95
Manufacturer Red Caboose
Body Style Red Caboose Boxcar 55 Foot Thrall All-Doors
Prototype Boxcar, 55 Foot, Thrall All-Door (Details)
Road or Company Name Sacramento Valley Moulding (Details)
Reporting Marks TCAX
Road or Reporting Number 20153
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 55 Foot
Model Variety Thrall All-Doors
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160

Prototype History:
Lumber has always been difficult to ship by rail. Box cars provide protection but are hard to load and unload. Flat cars eliminate those problems, but loads have to be tarped to protect them from the weather.

In 1967, Thrall took the best of both ideas and created a unique car that would solve these problems. The All-Door Box Car had no true sidewalls, but was equipped with four large doors which could be opened in pairs. This provided a 25' wide opening that made loading and unloading a breeze! And since it was a box car, the loads were completely enclosed for the entire trip. As the housing boom began in the 1970s, the cars became a common sight at lumber mills and yards across America.

Thrall Door boxcars arrived in Detroit in the early 70s. They were used to carry hardboard products to Ford plants in the Detroit area.

Brand/Importer Information:
Originally Red Caboose was a manufacturer of HO and N Scale model railroading items. It was located in Mead, Colorado, and was founded in 1990 by Leon Fairbanks. Red Caboose manufactured highly accurate, well detailed N, HO, and O Scale freight cars and locomotives.

Red Caboose closed its doors in January of 2015. Red Caboose N Scale has been sold to Fox Valley Models and HO was sold to InterMountain Railway. Many of the Red Caboose toolings have seen re-releases from Fox Valley since the acquisition. We just wish they would clean up the underframes. Red Caboose always went light on the details where they thought people wouldn't look.

Manufacturer Information: While they were in business, Red Caboose split its production runs between the US and China. Which models were produced where was a function of which body style and which run. Furthermore, which Chinese company was used for production is something we would love to find out.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-01-06 14:32:20. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-18 14:24:43

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