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N Scale - Dimi-Trains - 1102 - Maintenance of Way, Wrecking Crane, North America - Undecorated

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Stock Number 1102
Original Retail Price $10.00
Brand Dimi-Trains
Manufacturer Dimi-Trains
Body Style Dimi-Trains Maintenance of Way Equipment
Prototype Vehicle Maintenance of Way, Wrecking Crane, North America (Details)
Road or Company Name Undecorated (Details)
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Moderate Skills
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Maintenance of Way
Model Subtype 120 Ton
Model Variety Industrial Brownhoist
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Trucks and couplers were not included with kit and all were undecorated. See also Dimi-Trains 1105 Work Caboose Boom Car.

Model Information: Dimi-Trains produced this in kit form without trucks and couplers. Tichy Train Group acquired this tooling.

Prototype History:
A complete wreck train consisted of a locomotive, a wreck crane, tool cars, and enough bunk and cook cars for personnel required for a particular wreck. Wreck cranes and tool cars were often stationed at strategic points along the railway line. Division terminals were considered strategic points because locomotives and engine, train, and wreck car crews were always available on call. Wreck train equipment had to be prepared for immediate movement. Ties, rails, spikes, and other repair materials are stockpiled at various points. An emergency supply of such items were also loaded in suitable cars and held with each wrecker as part of the wreck train.

A wreck train, or “relief train” as the railroads preferred to call them used a huge piece of equipment built by companies such as Brownhoist. A typical wrecking crane was powered by twin diesel engines with a 500,000 pound capacity. This crane could easily lift an entire Reading T-1 steam locomotive. At 191-tons, it is a very heavy piece of equipment. It easily outweighs an Alco C630!

Road Name History:
Although they may be molded in color, unpainted and unlettered, undecorated products are marketed to modelers who seek to custom decorate their models for private roads and/or road and/or company names that were not commercially produced by any of the major manufacturers.

Undecorated models are frequently also unassembled or only partially assembled and required modelers to be comfortable with glue, paint and sometimes solder in order to prepare their models for display. Materials for these models can vary but often include plastic, pewter and resin. Models may or may not come with decals or other decorations such as plastic signage, railings and ladders to enhance the appearance of the final product.


Brand/Importer Information: Dimi Trains is a n scale company that either is very small or doesn't exist anymore. I cant' find much information on them, but recall seeing ads in all my old Model Railroader magazines. Their toolings are currently being produced by Tichy Train Group.

Item created by: RoadRailer on 2017-02-09 13:25:12. Last edited by gdm on 2020-05-30 16:54:52

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