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Fox Valley - 80921 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5283 - Arkansas & Missouri - 2007

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Stock Number80921
Original Retail Price$18.95
BrandFox Valley
ManufacturerFox Valley
Body StyleFox Valley Boxcar 50 Foot FMC 5283
Prototype VehicleBoxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5283 (Details)
Road or Company NameArkansas & Missouri (Details)
Reporting MarksAM
Road or Reporting Number2007
Paint Color(s)Dark Red
Print Color(s)Yellow
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date2012-04-01
Release Date2012-09-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeBoxcar
Model Subtype50 Foot
Model VarietyFMC 5283 Double Door
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)

Model Information: These models were introduced by Fox Valley in 2007. The model is made in China and clearly marked as such on the bottom. It is a model of the FMC (Food Machinery Co) 5283 c.f. Double Door boxcar. It features Micro-Trains body-mount couplers. The wheels are the typical high-quality blackened metal variety tat Fox Valley is famous for. The print quality is excellent. The underframe is a little simple, but at least it is a solid step up from some of the body styles they acquired from other manufacturers. It has some very nice details in the separately applied etched-metal platforms on each end. The ladders and placards, however, are molded in. This helps keep the cost down but never looks as nice as when these are detail parts.
Prototype History:
In the 1970's with the growth of the Per Diem business model, FMC produced a series of 50 foot box cars in different configurations. The double-sliding-door configuration is one common variation that was used by many different railroads. FMC provided a large number of box cars for SSI, Itel, Brae, and Rex. Due to the economic recession which began in late 1979, most these cars were soon transferred to other railroads one or more times. By the 1990s, most had been acquired by GE. They continued to change hands nearly every time a lease expired, or they were rebuilt. The renumberings of GE owned cars are often very complex, but some of the most commonly seen reporting marks are EEC, HS, and SRN.

The XM-class, 50-foot, double door, 5283 cubic foot capacity boxcars, were one of the later variations in this series. Records show that some (but likely not all) were built between May and June 1977 by FMC in Portland, OR.
Road Name History:
The Arkansas & Missouri was established in 1986 by the same people who brought us the Maryland & Delaware Railroad. Burlington Northern had lost interest in and sold the former Frisco route from Monett, Missouri south to Fort Smith, Arkansas by way of Springdale, Fayetteville and Van Buren. The route also includes a branch to Bentonville. In total they run 139 miles of railroad. Most of the customers are located on the middle third of the railroad between Fayetteville and Bentonville. Traffic includes aluminum, animal feed, food products, grain, lumber, paper, plastics, sand, scrap, steel and minerals.

The A&M was an all-Alco powered road (Alco was also the preferred locomotive brand on sister road Maryland & Delaware.) That ended in 2013 when A&M acquired a trio of SD70Ace units that now lead the heaviest trains. A&M also runs tourist trains through the scenic Boston Mountains between April and November each year.
Brand/Importer Information:
Fox Valley Models is a small supplier of model railroad and related products. FVM started by finding solutions to different challenges that model railroaders were faced with. Our first products resulted from a need to equip custom built passenger cars with tinted windows made of an ideal material; thin, flexible, easy to cut, simple to install, available in multiple colors and be affordable. We met those needs and even included a frosted version for the car's lavatory windows.

Other challenges inspired additional products including wooden grade crossings, trestles and different lineside structures. As our product line expands, input and requests from friends and customers help shape the product selection further.

Future products, under development, include more parts, structures, details and rolling stock. We strive to offer a good quality product at an affordable price.
Item created by: gdm on 2017-05-30 11:32:34. Last edited by gdm on 2021-09-27 11:58:55

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