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N Scale - American Limited - 8400 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside

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N Scale - American Limited - 8400 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside


Brand American Limited
Stock Number 8400
Original Retail Price $6.95
Manufacturer American Limited
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Con-Cor Passenger Smoothside Set
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, Smoothside (Details)
Road or Company Name N/A (Details)
Paint Color(s) Not Painted
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Smoothside
Model Variety 5-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: N Diaphragms for Heavyweight Cars, 2 car set (black).
For ConCor/Rivarossi Heavyweight cars, with MicroTrains® #1129 Couplers.
Kits have instructions to help install the diaphragms on any appropriate car.

Prototype History:
In the post-war period, passenger rail service boomed. In order to increase efficiency, the railroads set to replacing their old wood, steel and concrete heavyweight passenger cars with newer lightweight, streamlined cars. The new cars were made from stainless steel, aluminum and Cor-Ten steel. These cars required less motive power to pull and were cheaper to manufacture. Production was also concentrated in a few manufacturers rather than each railroad making its own. This led to standardization which further reduced costs. The new "lightweight" cars were also given "streamlined" designs to make them more visually appealing. Budd, Pullman Standard and ACF were all well known manufacturers of these cars.

Smoothside cars are typically painted, unlike their corrugated brethren. This meant that they typically required more maintenance, but this also allowed the railroads to apply distinctive paint schemes to their fleets, typically matching the paintwork on their locomotives.

Road Name History:
No applicable company.

Brand/Importer Information:
American Limited Models, a division of San Juan Car Company, Inc. is owned and directed by Bob Staat, member of the Model Railroad Hall of Fame, and John Engstrom, former marketing director of a major model railroad manufacturer.

Item created by: Powderman on 2018-02-25 13:36:24. Last edited by gdm on 2020-05-30 15:46:23

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