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N Scale - Roundhouse - 87808 - Stock Car, 40 Foot, Wood - Clancy's Colossal Circus - 103

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N Scale - Roundhouse - 87808 - Stock Car, 40 Foot, Wood - Clancy


Brand Roundhouse
Stock Number 87808
Manufacturer MDC Roundhouse
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style MDC Stock Car 36 Foot Truss Rod
Prototype Stock Car, 40 Foot, Wood (Details)
Road or Company Name Clancy's Colossal Circus (Details)
Reporting Marks CCCX
Road or Reporting Number 103
Additional Markings/Slogan Horses & Elephants
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) White & Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Stock Car
Model Subtype 36 Foot
Model Variety Truss Rod Underframe
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Initially shipped to dealers as part of twelve car assortment number 981.

Model Information: This model is one of the many toolings acquired from MDC Roundhouse by Athearn in 2004. It features a truss rod underframe. Older, Roundhouse releases featured Rapid couplers, whereas newer Athearn releases feature operating magnetic couplers of different kinds.

Prototype History:
Alonzo Mather, a Chicago clothing merchant who founded the Mather Stock Car Company, designed a new stock car in 1880 that was among the first to include amenities for feeding and watering the animals while en route. Mather was awarded a gold medal in 1883 by the American Humane Association for the humane treatment afforded to animals in his stock cars. Minneapolis' Henry C. Hicks patented a convertible boxcar/stock car in 1881, which was improved in 1890 with features that included a removable double deck. George D. Burton of Boston introduced his version of the humane stock car in 1882, which was placed into service the following year. The Burton Stock Car Company's design provided sufficient space so as to allow the animals to lie down in transit on a bed of straw. All-wood 40' stock cars of this general type would most likely have seen service in the early part of the 20th century (say, 1910-1930).

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
MDC Roundhouse was founded in California and relocated to Reno Nevada due to statewide restrictions on painting. MDC Roundhouse was a producer of both RTR (Ready-to-Run) and kit versions of N Scale rolling stock as well as RTR locomotives. MDC Roundhouse was purchased by Horizon Hobbies in June of 2004 and merged into their Athearn line.

Unlike many of their contemporaries which contracted with European firms to produce their products, MDC made their own toolings. They made several popular body styles and produced them for road names that many other vendors (even Micro-Trains) wouldn't touch. This made them popular with modelers. Also, their un-assembled "kits" permitted a lower price point so they were popular with "runners" as well as "modelers".

Of particular interest was the attention given to modern 50 foot steel boxcars. They made some attempt to accurately mold the differences into distinct models to represent each of the major prototype manufacturers products. They have distinct toolings not only for the different products from FMC, BFF and PS, but also multiple models for each of these manufacturers including "standard" vs "Youngstown" doors and "waffle" vs. "rib" sides. In total they produced 13 different versions of the 50 foot steel boxcar.

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2020-06-30 17:35:15

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