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N Scale - E&C Shops - 715 - Gondola, Bathtub, Trinity Rotary - Wisconsin Electric - 2396

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N Scale - E&C Shops - 715 - Gondola, Bathtub, Trinity Rotary  - Wisconsin Electric - 2396 Image courtesy of Record Recovery

Stock Number 715
Brand E&C Shops
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style E&C Gondola Coalporter
Prototype Vehicle Gondola, Bathtub, Trinity Rotary (Details)
Road or Company Name Wisconsin Electric (Details)
Reporting Marks WEPX
Road or Reporting Number 2396
Paint Color(s) Silver and Yellow
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Gondola
Model Subtype Bathtub
Model Variety Coalporter
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Johnstown Coalporter

Model Information: These models come with optional, user-installed weights and internal bracing.

Prototype History:
There have been a number of designs of coal-hauling gondolas for todays operations. Most of the major builders have offered aluminum-bodied coal gons at one point or another. Bethlehem Steel Car made a significant introduction with its Bethgon design. This design continues with Johnstown America today. The basic design uses two longitudinal tubs between the trucks - thus adding additional cubic-foot capacity with a lower center of gravity.

In 1992, Trinity Industries introduced a similar design and called it the Aluminator. Six demonstrators were built and placed under Trinity Industries Leasing Company reporting marks (TIMX 1001-1006). This initial design was rated at a 4,400 cubic-foot capacity. Most new-built coal cars (hoppers and gondolas) are built to a standardized 53' 1" outside length. The Trinity Aluminator is no exception. The 4400 design has a 12' 7" extreme height (11' 6" inside height). What made the Aluminator unique was the way the bottom of the tubs slope down ward from the center to the ends (the Bethlehem/Johnstown design had straight bottom tubs). The body has 13 side posts each with an alternating rivet pattern. There are three internal cross braces (at the 4th, 7th and 10th side posts). Trinity's aluminum rotary dump gondola features twin longitudinal tubs located on either side of the steel center sill.

Road Name History:
WEC Energy Group, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is one of the nation’s largest electric and natural gas delivery companies, with deep operational expertise, scale and financial resources to meet the region’s future energy needs. They focus on reliable service, customer satisfaction and shareholder value. They provide vital services to over 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota. Their scale and geographic proximity allow for operating efficiencies across 71,000 miles of electric distribution lines, 51,400 miles of natural gas distribution and transmission lines, and 7,700 megawatts of reliable power capacity.

In 1896, The Milwaukee Electric Railway and Light Co. forms to provide electric, steam and interurban rail service. Service area covers more than 12,000 square miles. In 1938, the company changed name to Wisconsin Electric Power Co. In 1987, Wisconsin Electric restructures, establishing Wisconsin Energy Corp., and several new subsidiaries including Wispark, Wisvest and Witech. In 2002, Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas began doing business as We Energies. In 2015, Wisconsin Energy Corp. acquired Integrys Energy Group, forming WEC Energy Group.

Item created by: Carlton2049 on 2021-05-06 07:43:25. Last edited by Carlton2049 on 2021-05-06 22:50:41

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