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N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 9016 - Open Hopper, 3-Bay, 100 Ton - Seaboard System - 6 different #

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Stock Number 9016
Brand Ak-Sar-Ben
Manufacturer Life-Like
Body Style Sanda Kan Open Hopper 3-Bay 100 Ton
Prototype Vehicle Open Hopper, 3-Bay, 100 Ton (Details)
Road or Company Name Seaboard System (Details)
Reporting Marks SBD
Road or Reporting Number 6 different #
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Multipack ID Number 9016
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety 100 Ton
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Road #: 341255, 341263, 341287, ...

Model Information: These models were made in China for Life-Like by Sanda Kan. They were also imported by Industrial Rail and Con-Cor. They have been repainted by Bev-Bel. They are sometimes referred to as "45 Foot Rib Side Hoppers". They have nickel-silver plated deep flange wheels and Rapido Couplers.

With the model in the TroveStar library, we found that the parts just don't fit together very well. The underframe simply doesn't line up with the body.

Prototype History:
The 1960s brought about a growth in car size (and capacity). Railroads that transported coal moved away from the older 2-bay 55-ton USRA standard to newer 90- and 100-ton three bay hoppers. On the WM, the first 90 ton cars were purchased for stone service to Sparrows Point around 1963. These cars were effective and long-lived. Many railroads swapped out the trucks on these cars to increase the capacity to 100 tons. Many companies produced these, including Pullman, Bethlehem, Evans, Greenville, Trinity and Ortner. Details, of course, vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but typically they were rib-sided. As of 2007, the NS still had lots of 90 ton hoppers in coal service.

Road Name History:
The Seaboard System Railroad, Inc. (reporting mark SBD) was a short-lived former US Class I railroad that was created after the consolidation of the Family Lines System railroads (notably the Louisville & Nashville, Seaboard Coast Line, and Clinchfield) on December 29, 1982. Under the Family Lines era, the railroads shared common ownership but used different names when conducting business. On July 1, 1986, the Seaboard System renamed itself as the CSX Transportation and absorbed the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway on August 31, 1987 which ended the CSX Corporation's shared ownership of the Seaboard System and Chessie System railroads.

Brand/Importer Information:
Ak-Sar-Ben Hobby Co
Information on AkSarBen Hobby and their history is sketchy at best. Of course, AkSarBen is Nebraska spelled backwards so one might assume that they got their start in the Husker state. The most recent evidence of their existence, however, was in the 2010 Model Retailer Hobby Industry Directory listing them in Jacksboro, TN. The phone number listed is disconnected, so, who knows for sure? What is known is that AkSarBen Hobbies was owned by Allen Miller and got their start in the 1980's producing very high quality custom, limited edition HO and N Scale products. They probably have left the model train business for more than 20 years ago.

Item created by: Alain LM on 2018-02-10 12:37:16. Last edited by gdm on 2020-07-24 07:29:17

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