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N Scale - Bachmann - 5611 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight - Pennsylvania - 1705

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N Scale - Bachmann - 5611 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight - Pennsylvania - 1705 Image Courtesy of Roadrailer


Brand Bachmann
Stock Number 5611
Original Retail Price $2.50
Manufacturer Bachmann
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Bachmann Passenger Car 65 Foot Coach
Prototype Passenger Car, Heavyweight (Details)
Road or Company Name Pennsylvania (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 1705
Paint Color(s) Tuscan Red
Print Color(s) Gold
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1967-01-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Heavyweight
Model Subtype 65 Foot
Model Variety Coach
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Car is in a 'Bachmann Plus' box and reads Bachmann China on the center sill as opposed to Bachmann Hong Kong on cars from an earlier era of model production.

Model Information: Bachmann adds passenger service to its N-scale line in 1969. Two heavyweight passenger cars are introduced: the 65' Standard Combine and the 65' Standard Coach. The 65' Standard Combine retailed for $2.50 and hafdtwo roadnames (PRR and UP) in 1969. The 1969 catalog illustration is an HO-scale model. By 1972, there were now lighted and unlighted versions as well as the third road name: the Santa Fe.

Prototype History:
Heavyweight Passenger Cars were the prevalent style of railcars used for passenger service during the interwar period. They were constructed of concrete, wood and steel. The floor was often of poured concrete, which helped give these cars a smoother ride than older wooden-body cars. Also, because of their heavy construction, they were also much less likely to "telescope" when a collision occurred. They were much heavier than modern passenger cars due to the materials used in their construction. They were so heavy that they often (but not always) required three-axle bogies to support them.

Heavyweights frequently had what is called a clerestory roof. The center of the roof was higher than the sides, in that it was stepped up. The lightweight cars had smooth, rounded roofs. Heavyweight passenger cars typically weigh around 1 ton per foot of length. So a 85' car weighs in the area of 85 tons for a heavyweight car.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 years in a row.

In 1968, PRR merged with rival NYC to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. The viable parts were transferred in 1976 to Conrail, which was itself broken up in 1999, with 58 percent of the system going to the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), including nearly all of the former PRR. Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: RoadRailer on 2017-02-08 10:29:59. Last edited by gdm on 2020-08-13 07:47:47

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