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N Scale - Roundhouse - 8302 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Berwick - St. Lawrence and Raquette River - 100502

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N Scale - Roundhouse - 8302 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Berwick - St. Lawrence and Raquette River - 100502 Different Road Number Shown


Stock Number 8302
Brand Roundhouse
Manufacturer MDC Roundhouse
Body Style MDC Boxcar 50 Foot BFF Pickens Door
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Berwick (Details)
Road or Company Name St. Lawrence and Raquette River (Details)
Reporting Marks NSL
Road or Reporting Number 100502
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Ready-to-Run No
Body Material Plastic
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Pewter Metal and Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety BFF Pickens Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: Boxcar, 50 Foot, Berwick with 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.

Prototype History:
The US government came up with a scheme to create an artificial incentive for railroads to buy new boxcars. If a railroad increased its boxcar fleet it was allowed to charge other railroads (not the customer) more for their daily use. (That's Per Diem). As an example, if the Crab Orchard and Egyptian acquired a fleet of 500 boxcars (up from zero) , and got them loaded on the ICG, it could charge the ICG for their use at an "Incentive Per Piem" rate that more than paid the CO&G's cost of ownership. So new boxcars got pumped into the system while old boxcars sat idle.

To cater to this demand, Berwick introduced its 50-foot boxcar in 1972 and sold the exterior-post car to more than 35 railroads. Though Berwick stopped production in 1982, the boxcars are still commonly seen throughout North America.

Road Name History:
The St. Lawrence & Raquette River (Reporting Marks: SLRR & NSL) was a shortline railroad operating in upstate New York. It operated a freight service from Norfolk, New York south to Norwood where it connected with Conrail. The line then proceeded west to Ogdensburg for 31.2 miles. The line operated about 1,000 cars per year carrying salt, lumber, recyclables, paper, ore, kaolin, and lubricating oils.

The line from Norwood to Ogdensburg had its origins in the Norwood-Ogdensburg line which was built by the Northern Railroad in 1850. This line then became part of the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain and later the Rutland. In 1965, 3 years after the Rutland was abandoned, the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority purchased a segment of the Rutland that stretched between Norwood & Ogdensburg. The OB&PA leased this segment first to the Ogdensburg & Norwood Railroad then later to the St. Lawrence Railroad until 1990. At this point the lease was taken over by the St. Lawrence & Raquette River Railroad.

The line from Norwood to Norfolk had its origins in the Norwood & St. Lawrence Railroad which had opened in January of 1909. The N&STL merged with the Raymondville & Waddington Railroad. The combined company was owned by the St. Regis Paper company which operated it until 1974, when it turned over the line to the Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority. The OB&PA later leased the line to the St. Lawrence & Raquette River.

The St. Lawrence & Raquette River was acquired by CSX Transportation which now operates it as a subdivision.

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 2017-05-21 06:39:00. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-16 09:04:48

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