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Walthers - 932-38856 - Flatcar, Logging - Chehalis Western - 59600, 59623, 59642

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Stock Number932-38856
Original Retail Price$26.98
Body StyleWalthers 45' Logging Flat Car
Prototype VehicleFlatcar, Logging (Details)
Road or Company NameChehalis Western (Details)
Reporting MarksCWWR
Road or Reporting Number59600, 59623, 59642
Paint Color(s)Brown
Print Color(s)White
Coupler TypeRapido Hook
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Count3
Multipack ID Number932-38856
Release Date1998-10-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeFlatcar
Model Subtype45 Foot
Model VarietyLogging
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraAll Eras

Model Information: Introduced in October 1998, with a second run in 2007.
Walthers ready-to-run 45 Foot Logging Flat Cars feature a die-cast body, styrene details, free-rolling trucks and standard (Rapido) couplers - Accumate couplers for the second run.
Models were available in three-packs ($26.98) or as singles with a fourth road number ($8.98), in six road names and undecorated. In the second run, models were available as single ($10.98) or in two-packs ($21.98).

Re-run under Atlas brand in 2019 after Atlas purchased the tooling from Walthers.

Here is how Walthers described them:
The 45 Foot Logging Flat Car is the trademark of logging railroads. Based on converted flat cars, the cars have four log bunks, a center sill, and a partially open deck. Some logging railroads ran entire trains of such cars.
Walthers advertised concurrently its Mountain Lumber Company Sawmill (933-3236), with these words "Long trainloads of these cars will look great arriving at Mountain Lumber Company Sawmill, also available in October".
Prototype History:
Among the earliest types of freight cars, flatcars continue to serve as a valuable part of railroading. Flatcars are used to move a wide variety of loads which do not require protection from weather. These cars, are constructed with steel underframes, wood floors and stake pockets on the sides and ends for fastening tie-downs that keep loads from shifting.

Logging flat cars are a specialized type of flatcar converted to carry logs, with the addition of log bunks or upright stake posts secured in stake-pockets available on the side of the flatcar.
Road Name History:
The Chehalis Western Railroad (reporting mark CWWR) was the name of two different shortline railroads that were owned and operated by Weyerhaeuser between 1936 and 1993. The first Chehalis Western, which existed from 1936 until 1975, was a shortline Class III railroad operating in Washington state, while the second one, which existed from 1981 until 1993, was a private railroad that operated on a different set of lines that Weyerhaeuser had later acquired.

The first Chehalis Western (pronounced sha-HAY-less) was launched by Weyerhaeuser in 1936 when they purchased the 10 mile line from Chehalis to Ruth, Washington from Milwaukee Road. In addition they had adjoining trackage rights on Milwaukee Road and Northern Pacific. In a 1975 reorganization, this line became the Curtis Milburn & Eastern and the CWWR disappeared until 1980. Weyerhaueuser brought the CWWR name back when they took over the lines from Tacoma to Chehalis and Frederickson to Morton, Washington that had just been abandoned by Milwaukee Road. Weyerhaeuser closed the Chehalis Western in 1992 and sold the track to the City of Tacoma in 1995. In addition to the CWWR reporting marks, they also used CHWE. I suspect CHWE was for the pre-1975 railroad and CWWR was for the post-1980 railroad.
Brand/Importer Information:
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., was founded in Milwaukee in 1932 -- but really, it started years earlier, when seven-year-old Bill Walthers got his first taste of the hobby with a small, wind-up toy train for Christmas. He continued with the hobby and eventually had an attic layout comprised primarily of his own scratch-built creations. After he wrote a series of articles on building train control and signaling systems, he got so many letters from other modelers that he began manufacturing them. The first ad (in the May issue of The Model Maker) offered a 24-page, 15c catalog that listed rail, couplers, and electrical supplies. Sales were over $500.00 for the first year, and the fledgling company was off to a strong start.

Within five years, Walthers had grown so much that larger quarters were needed. Space was found on Erie Street, where everything -- from milled wood parts to metal castings to decals -- was made in-house. 1937 also saw a new line in HO Scale, featured in its own catalog. Bill brought operating layouts to the 1939 World's Fair, which gave the hobby a big boost. Soon, though, the growing possibility of war overshadowed these successes, and supplies were becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

During the war, model manufacturers were ordered to stop production in order to conserve critical metal supplies. Walthers produced what it could from nonessential materials. A series of ads in 1943 saw Bill literally scraping the bottom of a barrel! The postwar boom meant rapid growth for the hobby; however, small homes and new families left no room for O scale layouts, and many modelers moved to HO Scale.

The next twenty years brought great change. In 1958, Bill retired and his son Bruce took over. Just as full-size railroads were being hard-hit by new technology, so too were model railroads. Leisure time was spent in front of the TV set, not the train set. In 1960, Walthers became a full-line distributor of other manufacturers' products while continuing expansion of the Walthers lines. By the start of the 1970's, business was booming again, and Bruce's son Phil joined the company.

Expansion and diversification continue under Phil's tenure. The establishment of the Walthers Importing Division added several international lines. The manufacturing plant was modernized. Code 83 track was introduced in 1985, giving layouts more realistic proportions. In 1990, the Cornerstone Series buildings were unveiled. Combining a freight car with a related industry, the Cornerstone Series makes it possible for modelers to duplicate authentic operations, enhancing layout realism. The Train Line Deluxe Sets and locomotives debuted in 1994. These sets feature the detailing of serious models and an affordable price -- allowing newcomers to get started, and then build-on to their first set, rather than replacing it.

In 2005, Walthers purchased Life-Like from Lifoam Industries. With this purchase Walthers acquired the Proto Lines that have become the backbone of their locomotive and rolling stock segments.

Today, Walthers continues to expand, improve and develop a wide range of products. Their latest selection can be found throughout and their printed catalogs, along with items from over 300 other manufacturers.

In December 2017, Lowell Smith announced the ‘purchase of tooling’ of the Walthers line of N Scale passenger cars (sleeper, coach and baggage cars), and in June 2018, Atlas announced that it will purchase all N scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling owned by Walthers, including the Walthers N tooling as well as former Life-Like tooling. This divestment puts an end to Walthers involvement as a manufacturer of N scale rolling-stock, though it will continue its range of N scale structures.
Item created by: Alain LM on 2019-03-17 14:16:44. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-12-12 12:56:56

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