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N Scale - YesterYear Models - YYM6703DH - Boxcar, 50 Foot, AAR - Delaware & Hudson - 50015

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Stock Number YYM6703DH
Brand YesterYear Models
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Body Style InterMountain Boxcar 50 Foot AAR Single Door
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 50 Foot, AAR (Details)
Road or Company Name Delaware & Hudson (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 50015
Paint Color(s) Blue & White
Coupler Type Intermountain Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety AAR Single Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1942 - 1960
Scale 1/160
Track Gauge N standard

Prototype History:
The AAR standard 50-ton, 50'-6" boxcar was based on a design introduced in 1942. Although World War II slowed production of these cars, thousands of similar cars were built through the 1950s. Although the cars were constructed to basically the same design, several options were offered depending on the intended service. Since production of the basic design went on for so long several changes were made, so roof styles, ends, side sills, and doors varied over time and from railroad to railroad.

The standard design featured 16-panel (8/8, for eight panels on each side of the door opening) riveted sides with an eight-foot door opening for merchandise boxcars. The automobile car version of the car featured 5/8 riveted sides with a 15-foot door opening covered with a set of two doors. All told more than 9,000 cars were built for 16 railroads to this basic design between 1950 and 1960.

The majority of 50-foot AAR cars built in the 1940s and '50s featured R+¾ improved Dreadnaught ends.

Road Name History:
The Delaware and Hudson Canal Company would found the Delaware and Hudson Railway to support its mission of getting fuel to the timber denuded cities of the northeast when it was discovered that 'rock coal' or Anthracite could be burned successfully. In time the railway eclipsed the parent company, and America's brief canal age would be ended by the availability of more powerful traction locomotives, so today the canal is little known. Today the Delaware and Hudson Railway (reporting mark DH) is again a subsidiary railroad that operates in the northeastern United States. Since 1991 it was owned and operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway under the rail subsidiary Soo Line Corporation also controls the Soo Line Railroad, Canadian Pacific Railway is owned by Canadian Pacific Railway Limited.

The name itself originates from the 1823 New York state corporation charter listing the unusual name of "The President, Managers and Company of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Co." authorizing an establishment of "water communication" between the Delaware River and the Hudson River.

Nicknamed "The Bridge Line to New England and Canada," the D&H helped connect New York with Montreal, Quebec and New England. It called itself "North America's oldest continually operated transportation company." Between 1968 & 1984, the D&H was owned by Norfolk & Western. N&W sold it to Guilford Transportation, who cast it into bankruptcy in 1988 and in 1991, the D&H was purchased by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

On September 19, 2015, Norfolk Southern Railway assumed control and began operations of their recently acquired Delaware & Hudson "South Line", the 282 miles from Schenectady, New York to Sunbury, Pennsylvania from CP. The Delaware & Hudson "South Line" is a rail route that now consists of three rail lines, the Sunbury Line, the Freight Line, and the Voorhesville Running Track; the Sunbury Line absorbed the original route of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad main line which contains the Nicholson Cutoff during that rail line's history.

Item created by: maurice.grimes06 on 2020-06-04 17:08:33. Last edited by gdm on 2021-02-16 09:07:22

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