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Red Caboose - RN-16510-1 - Flatcar, 73 Foot, Centerbeam - Northwestern Oklahoma - 3-Pack

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N Scale - Red Caboose - RN-16510-1 - Flatcar, 73 Foot, Centerbeam - Northwestern Oklahoma - 3-Pack
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Stock NumberRN-16510-1
Secondary Stock NumberRN-16506
Original Retail Price$68.85
BrandRed Caboose
ManufacturerRed Caboose
Body StyleRed Caboose Flatcar 73 Foot Centerbeam
Prototype VehicleFlatcar, 73 Foot, Centerbeam (Details)
Road or Company NameNorthwestern Oklahoma (Details)
Reporting MarksNOKL
Road or Reporting Number3-Pack
Paint Color(s)Brown
Print Color(s)White
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileStandard
Multipack Count3
Multipack ID NumberRN-16510-1
Announcement Date2011-10-01
Release Date2012-06-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeFlatcar
Model Subtype73 Foot
Model VarietyCenterbeam
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Specific Item Information: Standard Panel
Prototype History:
Centerbeam flatcars, centerbeams, center partition railcars or commonly referred to as lumber racks are specialty cars designed for carrying bundled building supplies such as dimensional lumber, wallboard, and fence posts. They are essentially bulkhead flatcars that have been reinforced by a longitudinal I-beam, often in the form of a Vierendeel truss, sometimes reinforced by diagonal members, but originally in the form of stressed panels perforated by panel-lightening "opera windows", often oval, egg-shaped or rectangular. They must be loaded symmetrically, with half of the payload on one side of the centerbeam and half on the other to avoid tipping over.
Road Name History:
NOKL was established in 1973 to take over operation of the 9 mile former M-K-T line connecting Fisk, Woodward and Warner, Oklahoma. Customers include a grain elevator and a railroad car repair shop. They currently lease out their reporting marks so the many thousands of freight cars lettered NOKL actually belong to the First Union Rail car leasing operation and not this shortline.

This begs the question, why a leasing company would bother to lease a shortline’s reporting marks when they could just use their own (something ending in X such as NDYX, also used by First Union.) There is a difference between private owners and railroad owners in how car-hire is billed. Private owner cars are billed by the mile. Railroad owned cars are billed by a complex formula including per diem, the age of the car and the mileage. Therefore, depending on the service, the leasing companies earn more by using a railroad reporting mark for a car and other times they are better off running the car as a private owner.
Brand/Importer Information:
Originally Red Caboose was a manufacturer of HO and N Scale model railroading items. It was located in Mead, Colorado, and was founded in 1990 by Leon Fairbanks. Red Caboose manufactured highly accurate, well detailed N, HO, and O Scale freight cars and locomotives.

Red Caboose closed its doors in January of 2015. Red Caboose N Scale has been sold to Fox Valley Models and HO was sold to InterMountain Railway. Many of the Red Caboose toolings have seen re-releases from Fox Valley since the acquisition. We just wish they would clean up the underframes. Red Caboose always went light on the details where they thought people wouldn't look.
Manufacturer Information: While they were in business, Red Caboose split its production runs between the US and China. Which models were produced where was a function of which body style and which run. Furthermore, which Chinese company was used for production is something we would love to find out.
Item created by: CNW400 on 2022-04-18 10:43:52. Last edited by CNW400 on 2022-04-18 10:44:17

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