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N Scale - AJ California Crossing - 1197-273A - Boxcar, 36 Foot, Wood Truss - Painted/Lettered - 1983

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Stock Number1197-273A
Original Retail Price$12.95
BrandAJ California Crossing
ManufacturerMDC Roundhouse
Body StyleMDC Boxcar 36 Foot Wood Truss Rod
Prototype VehicleBoxcar, 36 Foot, Wood Truss (Details)
Road or Company NamePainted/Lettered (Details)
Reporting MarksUSA
Road or Reporting Number1983
Paint Color(s)White with Blue Roof & Ends
Print Color(s)Red & Blue
Paint SchemeSavings Bonds
Coupler TypeRapido Hook
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeBoxcar
Model Subtype36 Foot
Model VarietyWood Truss Rod Underframe
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale1/160



Model Information: This MDC tooling models a pre-1900 boxcar with a truss-rod underframe. The MDC Truss-Rod underframe 36' Reefer and 36' Boxcar are very similar models. They were introduced in 1997 for the former and 1998 for the latter. The easiest way to tell the difference is that the reefers have plug doors and the boxcars have sliding doors. Like all of MDC N-Scale molds, this one was also acquired by Athearn in 2004 when they acquired MDC. The MDC releases were supplied in both 'kit' and RTR (Ready-To-Run) versions.

The Athearn (post 2004) releases come fully assembled and feature:
  • Fully assembled and ready to operate
  • Separately applied brake wheel and roof walk
  • Molded truss rods with turnbuckles
  • Molded plastic underframe with brake cylinder
  • Screw mounted trucks for accurate tracking
  • Truck mounted magnetically operated knuckle couplers
  • Plastic wheels.
Prototype History:
Boxcars in the early 20th century frequently featured a "Truss-Rod" design. The purpose of truss rods was to prevent the railcars from sagging in the middle by the use of turnbuckles in the center of the truss rods for tightening. Due to the limitations of the materials available at the time, there was a tendency for the railcars body to sag in the middle, between the trucks. Truss rods were designed to prevent this. They have the same purpose as I beams or channel beams do in more modern equipment; or, the unitized body of automobiles do today. They give strength in the direction needed to support the load placed on the car.
Road Name History:
Some items are designed to have their owner add whatever company marking they choose, usually in the form of decals or dry-transfers. These items are painted in a generic prototypical fashion but with all company affiliation deliberately left off.
These items can be lettered or numbered, but without any company name on it.
Item created by: CNW400 on 2021-05-18 10:14:54

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