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N Scale - Bachmann - 70084 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Alton & Southern - 905

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Stock Number 70084
Brand Bachmann
Manufacturer Bachmann
Body Style Bachmann Boxcar 40 Foot Steel PS-1
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Road or Company Name Alton & Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks AL&S
Road or Reporting Number 905
Paint Color(s) Orange with Black Door
Print Color(s) Black & Red
Coupler Type Bachmann Dummy Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype Standard Steel
Model Variety 40 Foot Single Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Model Information: This is Bachmann's version of the ubiquitous PS-1 Boxcar.

Prototype History:
The 40' Boxcar is widely known as one of the most popular freight cars used by railroads as they transitioned from steam to diesel. In particular the Pullman Standard or PS-1 design was one of the most popular and was widely used by North American railroads. These boxcars were built beginning in 1947 and share the same basic design, with certain elements such as door size, door style or roof type varying among the different railroads and production years. When production of these cars ceased in 1963, over 100,000 had been produced.

So just what is a PS-1? Well the simple answer is it is any boxcar built by Pullman Standard from 1947 on. The design changed over the years – sometimes subtly, sometimes for customer request, and sometimes in a larger way. In general, most PS-1’s built from 1947 to 1961 share the same dimensions and basic construction techniques. These cars all had a length of 40′, a height of 10’5″ or 10’6″, welded sides and ends and roof of Pullman’s own design. The greatest variation was in the size and style of doors used. Pullman Standard also offered 50′ and later 60′ boxcars – also with the PS-1 designation.

Road Name History:
The 32 mile Alton & Southern is the second large belt and terminal line in the St. Louis area, concentrating on the Illinois side of the Mississippi River.

This line was assembled in 1913 by a predecessor of Alcoa. Power in the steam era was provided by Mikados, 0-8-0’s and a rare 0-10-0 heavy switcher. Dieselization began in 1947 when the first Alco RS-2’s arrived. The fleet would remain all-Alco until 1969. Because ALS was free of EMD diesels, they did not benefit from the EMD design department in developing paint schemes. That is why their green and yellow paint schemes appear a bit odd compared to their neighbors. These paint schemes were also used on other shortlines owned by Alcoa during the Alco years. In 1966, Alcoa closed their large facility in the area and put the railroad up for sale. Missouri Pacific and Chicago & North Western each bought a 50% stake. Since the sale by Alcoa, the locomotives have been painted in a combination of MoPac "Jenks Blue" and C&NW harvest yellow. The logo has the shape of C&NW's "circle and bar" logo but the circle is an MP style "buzzsaw."

Just 5 years later, C&NW faced a cash crunch sold their half to Cotton Belt although that has not been reason enough to change the logo or the paint scheme. Now the ALS is owned entirely by Union Pacific but given its position as a terminal railroad, it is operated independently of the UP system. Alton & Southern now has 16 EMD locomotives (14 of which are switchers), and typically calls 10 crews per shift, 3 shifts per day. Their Gateway Yard sorts around 5,600 cars per day.

Brand/Importer Information:
Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: CNW400 on 2022-05-09 15:26:15. Last edited by CNW400 on 2022-05-09 15:26:16

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