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N Scale - CDS Dry Transfer Lettering - 784 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel Single Door - Pere Marquette - 82000-83499

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N Scale - CDS Dry Transfer Lettering - 784 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel Single Door - Pere Marquette - 82000-83499


Stock Number 784
Original Retail Price $2.40
Brand CDS Dry Transfer Lettering
Manufacturer CDS Dry Transfer Lettering
Body Style CDS Dry Transfer Decals
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel Single Door (Details)
Road or Company Name Pere Marquette (Details)
Reporting Marks PM
Road or Reporting Number 82000-83499
Print Color(s) white
Item Category Accessories
Model Type Decals
Model Subtype Railroad
Model Variety 1930 Steel
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Dry Transfer Decals

Prototype History:
Steel boxcars became a common site in the post-WWII period (also known as the transition era). Steel construction resulted in a lighter, lower-maintenance car that was less expensive to acquire and operate. The economies of scale that happened during the war along with a cessation of orders from the military resulted in a plentiful, inexpensive source of metal and aluminum for the railcar manufacturers which in turn led a complete replacement of the aging wood-sheathed fleets with new steel cars.

Road Name History:
The Pere Marquette Railway (reporting mark PM) operated in the Great Lakes region of the United States and southern parts of Ontario in Canada. It had trackage in the states of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and the Canadian province of Ontario. Its primary connections included Buffalo; Toledo; and Chicago.

The Pere Marquette Railroad was incorporated on November 1, 1899 in anticipation of a merger of three Michigan-based railroad companies that had been agreed upon by all parties. It began operations on January 1, 1900, absorbing the following companies:
  • Flint & Pere Marquette Railroad (F&PM)
  • Detroit, Grand Rapids & Western Railroad (DGR&W)
  • Chicago & West Michigan Railway (C&WM)
The company was reincorporated on March 12, 1917 as the Pere Marquette Railway. In the 1920s the Pere Marquette came under the control of Cleveland financiers Oris and Mantis Van Sweringen. These brothers also controlled the New York, Chicago & St. Louis Railroad (Nickel Plate), the Erie Railroad and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway, and planned to merge the four companies. However, the ICC did not approve the merger and the Van Sweringens eventually sold their interest in the Pere Marquette to the C&O, with which it formally merged on June 6, 1947.

Brand/Importer Information: CDS (or C-D-S) Dry Transfer Lettering was sold in 2011, but some of their products are still out there (in 2022).

Item created by: james13pugh on 2022-05-17 15:07:23. Last edited by gdm on 2022-05-17 17:29:09

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