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ScaleTrains - SXT38641 - Thrall 48' Steel Coil - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 534134

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Production TypeAnnounced
Stock NumberSXT38641
Original Retail Price$49.99
Body Gon Coil Steel 48' 2-Hood
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleGondola, 48 Foot, Steel Coil (Details)
PrototypeThrall 48' Steel Coil
Road or Company NameBurlington Northern Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting MarksBNSF
Road or Reporting Number534134
Paint Color(s)ATSF Freight Car Brown
Print Color(s)White, Black and Yellow
Coupler TypeType E Semi-Scale Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeChemically Blackened Metal
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Announcement Date2022-11-12
Release Date2023-06-30
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeGondola
Model SubtypeSteel Coil
Model VarietyThrall 48' Coil Steel Car
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Track GaugeN standard

Specific Item Information: The all-new Rivet Counter™ N Scale Thrall Manufacturing 48’ Coil Steel Car is the definitive model of this unique freight car. True to the prototype, the car features railroad, road number, and era-specific™ features like detailed hoods; as-delivered or contemporary paint schemes; 4 positionable load dividers; 4 large unwrapped coil steel loads; a finely detailed body with dual trough design and center divider; plus 16 walkway side supports and simulated wood trough interior. Depending on the type of steel you’re hauling, the car can be used without hoods as well.
Series 534100 to 534149; ex- ATSF 92000 to 92049, built 10-11/93
Road numbers 534106, 534110 and 5344134
  • End conspicuity striping placed on end of car body
  • SSide conspicuity striping offset up on car side
  • 2 x Version 1 Hood: No corner reinforcement, long side handrail, hood stacking brackets with outer extensions
Model Information: Road Number Specific ScaleTrains
  • All-new model
  • Era: 1994 to Mid 2010s
  • Series 92050 to 92099, built 10-11/94
  • Fully-assembled
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Body with dual trough design and center divider, sixteen walkway side supports and simulated wood trough interior. Designed for the use of two hoods although, depending on the type of steel, the car can be run without hoods as well.
  • Body has four wireform side grab irons and four wireform end grabirons
  • 2 x Version 1 Hood: No corner reinforcement, long side handrail with grab irons, hood stacking brackets with outer extensions
  • Each hood is constructed with up to 16 individual parts including six wireform handrails, four wireform grab irons, two hood stacking brackets, two hood top braces, and lifting bail
  • Handbrake housing with finely detailed wheel and chain
  • See-through photo-etched metal walkway
  • Simulated wood interior floor using a hand applied wash
  • Four (4) positionable load dividers
  • Four (4) large unwrapped coil steel loads
  • Factory-applied end handrails, hood guides, stanchions, load divider tracks, metal grab irons, coupler cut levers, and trainline hoses with silver gladhands
  • Complete underbody brake system with over 15 separately applied parts including air reservoir, control valve, and retainer valve plus wireform plumbing and trainline pipe with brackets
  • Body-mounted semi-scale standard Type E knuckle couplers – Micro-Trains® compatible
  • ASF Ride Control trucks with finely rendered raised foundry data
  • 36” machined metal wheels
  • Operates on Code 55, 70 and 80 rail
  • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • Weighted to Industry standards for reliable operation
  • Minimum radius: 9 ¾”
  • Recommended radius: 11”
  • Clear jewel box packaging safely stores model
Prototype History:
Strip or sheet steel has long been a major component in the manufacturing of many different products including pipes, tanks, household appliances - both large and small, industrial shelving, machinery, freight cars, and especially automobiles. Cold-rolled or hot-rolled, varying in width from less than an inch to ten feet, and ranging in thickness from 1/64th of an inch to 1/4th of an inch, the steel was originally cut into sheets in customer specified lengths. After World War II, winding the steel strip into a coil almost completely replaced the sheets. The steel coil with 3,000 to 5,000 feet of steel is much easier to handle and transport than a stack of steel sheets. Coils are also far more versatile than a sheet that may be too long for one usage or too short for another.
The biggest challenge for railroads and the automobile industry, the primary user of coiled steel, was how to transport it efficiently. In the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, working with the Detroit Toledo & Ironton and the Chesapeake & Ohio railroads, came up with the design of the coil steel car. The original design was a heavy-duty frame with two 24-foot troughs covered by hoods made of thin steel. The troughs and movable load dividers prevented the coils from rolling side-to-side or sliding while the hoods protected the coils from the weather. Several freight car builders built coil steel cars, including Thrall Car Manufacturing which built these 48-foot, twin hood cars in the 1980s and 1990s. The first Thrall cars had a 100-ton capacity, but later versions were built to a 125-ton capacity. Wearing the protective hoods on, the car can carry coils up to 7 feet in diameter. They can carry coils up to 10 feet with the hoods removed. The flat-top hoods from the first designs have been replaced with a rounded top design that is both easier to manufacture and is stronger.
Road Name History:
The BNSF Railway (reporting mark BNSF) is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) (its primary competitor for Western U.S. freight), and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 48,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide high-speed links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.[2] The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.

According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo. For instance, the railroad hauls enough coal to generate roughly ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation on September 22, 1995. This new holding company then purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often called the "Santa Fe") and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996. On January 24, 2005, the railroad's name was officially changed to "BNSF Railway," using the initials of its original name.

In 1999, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Canadian National Railway announced their intention to merge and form a new corporation entitled North American Railways to be headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The United States' Surface Transportation Board (STB) placed a 15-month moratorium on all rail mergers, which ended this merger.

On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for $100 per share in cash and stock - a deal valued at $44 billion. The company is investing an estimated $34 billion in BNSF and acquiring $10 billion in debt. On February 12, 2010, shareholders of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation voted in favor of the acquisition.
Brand/Importer Information:, Inc. is an upstart HO and N Scale model manufacturer that was founded by a team with more than 125 years of accumulated experience in the model railroad hobby and industry.

ScaleTrains is specifically focused on the tiny details in the printing and quality of the construction. The four friends who founded the company are all avid modelers themselves. Their factory is located in Tennessee. Unlike most other companies, they offer a range of different levels of complexity in their offerings so as to be able to provide products for both the budget-conscious collector as well as the detail-focused model enthusiast without compromising on quality for either.

They range covers the following, by increasing level of detailing:
  1. Operator™ trains are built for modelers who enjoy running high-quality, realistic trains at an affordable price. Designed from builder’s drawings and photographs, Operator models have fewer factory-applied parts and simplified printing. For added versatility, super-detail parts are available separately.
  2. The Rivet Counter™ line strives to create the most accurately detailed models imaginable. The real-world counterpart is meticulously researched to ensure prototype fidelity. Each model features numerous factory applied parts including roadname and road number specific details whenever possible.
  3. Museum Quality™ models are historically accurate replicas of the most famous locomotives in North American railroading history. Exhaustive research and a commitment to perfection combine to create the ultimate scale model. Museum Quality trains establish new standards which make them just as legendary as the original.
Item created by: CMK on 2022-11-18 19:49:40

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