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N Scale - E&C Shops - 821 - Gondola, 65 Foot, Mill - Burlington Northern - 580440

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Stock Number821
Original Retail Price$14.95
BrandE&C Shops
Body StyleE&C Gondola 65 Foot Mill
Prototype VehicleGondola, 65 Foot, Mill (Details)
Road or Company NameBurlington Northern (Details)
Reporting MarksBN
Road or Reporting Number580440
Paint Color(s)Black
Print Color(s)White
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileDeep Flange
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeGondola
Model Subtype65 Foot
Model VarietyMill
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale1/160



Model Information: E&C shops originally designed this tooling. It was later acquired by LBF and then by Hubert's and as of recently by InterMountain. Cars come factory equipped with Micro-TrainsĀ® trucks/couplers and are available with a variety of different loads. Examples can be found with E&C, LBF and Hubert's branding. InterMountain (as of 4/2019) has not yet produced a release though they definitely now have possession of the molds.
Prototype History:
Generally used to haul scrap metal and loose bulk materials, gondola cars vary in length and side heights. Mill Gondola cars are more commonly used for high-density commodities and have a flat bottom while regular Gondola cars are most commonly used for coal or crushed aggregates and can have a flat or tub bottom configuration.

Steel-sided 65' mill gondolas date back to at least the 1940s, however specialized rib-sided "mill" gondolas are a relatively modern design. These cars are intended for use with the steel trade, and they are used to transport just about anything that can be loaded using an overheard crane. They date from the 1970s forward.
Road Name History:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

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Brand/Importer Information:
E&C Shops made decent and inexpensive Wood Chip Cars and Coalporters (their first offerings). They were genius because they made mass produced multiple road numbers available at the same time, something that the big guys are just now embracing after years of cycles of watching for announcements and checking the ones you already have. At the time and at least 10 years beyond it was nice to grab a dozen BN coalporters with different numbers in a box and go. Kudos to Fred Becker and Hubert for trying something different and cutting edge. Their Bethgons were less expensive and more detailed than later big-name productions.
Item created by: baggedbird on 2022-09-20 19:50:56. Last edited by gdm on 2022-09-21 07:48:16

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