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Walthers - 85-6521005 - Gondola, Woodchip, Welded Sides - Willamette & Pacific - 74002

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Stock Number85-6521005
Original Retail Price$25.00
ManufacturerInterMountain Railway
Body StyleE&C Gondola 63 Foot Woodchip
Prototype VehicleGondola, Woodchip, Welded Sides (Details)
Road or Company NameWillamette & Pacific (Details)
Reporting MarksWPRR
Road or Reporting Number74002
Paint Color(s)Green with Yellow Sides
Print Color(s)Yellow
Paint SchemeUniversity of Oregon
Additional Markings/SloganGo Ducks
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeGondola
Model Subtype63 Foot
Model VarietyWoodchip, Welded Sides
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)

Model Information: E&C shops originally designed this tooling in the late 1960's. It was later acquired by LBF and then by Hubert's and as of recently by InterMountain. Cars come factory equipped with Micro-Trains® trucks/couplers and come with a loads. Examples can be found with E&C, LBF and Hubert's branding. InterMountain (as of 2/2020) has not yet produced a release though announced under its 'Value Line by InterMountain' range.
Prototype History:
Wood chips are used to make paper, and particle board and sometimes even burned as fuel. The early woodship cars were built by adding high sides to gondolas, or can-opener-ing boxcars (cutting the roofs off and welding up the doors).
While this worked for a while (some of them are still in service), the 1960's saw the introduction of specialized gondolas and hoppers designed specifically for wood chips.
Large 60- to 65- foot gondolas became the preferred style. Most are around 6,000 to 6,800 cf capacity. FMC, NCS and Pacific Car & Foundry built a specific type with smooth sides and interior braces.
Road Name History:
This line began as a 1993 spinoff from Southern Pacific, serving 225 miles of routes in Oregon. A couple of years later, they became part of the Genesee & Wyoming family of shortlines. The two longest segments ran from Albany to Toledo (75 miles) and Monroe to Corvallis and Newburg (85 miles.) WPRR also had 41 miles of trackage rights on SP between Albany and Eugene. When some adjoining lines were acquired, they were placed under a subsidiary called Portland & Western which was a paper railroad with WPRR actually doing the operating. By 2000, more acquisitions brought the WPRR into Oregon's population centers. At that point, parent Genesee & Wyoming decided Portland & Western would become the primary name of the operation and Willamette & Pacific would become the paper railroad.

Text courtesy of Bluford Shops
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: CNW400 on 2020-05-23 09:11:38. Last edited by CNW400 on 2020-07-08 20:21:14

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