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60' Double Door Box Car
Bx-166 Beer Car

- The Prototype
We are proud to announce the Bx-166 boxcar, a 62’ double-door insulated boxcar that has been a hallmark in the logistics of beer distribution all throughout North America, and particularly in its service to breweries in the western United States. The Bx-166 is unique for its double- door configuration, distinguishing it from its fellow beer-hauling cousins. The defining characteristic on these cars, instantly separating them from the pack, are the diagonal braces on either side of the doors. No matter where you live or have railfanned in North America, chances are you’ve seen this car mixed into general merchandise freights - both individually or in cuts of several beer cars.

Custom-built by the ATSF in 1974, a total of 300 Bx-166 boxcars were built at the Santa Fe’s car shops in Topeka, KS. Measuring 61’ 6” in length (66’ ½” over strikers), this icon of beer transportation has proven invaluable to the Santa Fe and, later, BNSF. Boasting two 8’ insulated doors on each side, the Bx-166 provides a total of 16’ door opening width for crews to load and unload pallets and kegs of beer – one of the most delicious beverages known to man. Originally built with interior load dividers, the boxcars prominently feature a “Holland Load Snugger” sticker above the Plate C stencil.

With a much storied history, the Bx-166 was first unveiled in the Santa Fe’s famous “Indian Red” paint scheme, bearing a large white cross herald and “Shock Control” lettering. Later, the cars were repainted into a more minimalist scheme: plain mineral brown paint with a small Santa Fe herald affixed to the upper left corner of the car. Many cars in the fleet never received the small herald, and feature only the reporting marks and necessary dimensional data. These two schemes alone account for much of what the Bx-166 fleet looks like today. Given ongoing re-shopping, paint schemes became many and varied over the years. To date, the Bx-166 has been identified in 13 different paint schemes, ranging from the original “Shock Control” cars all the way to BNSF’s modern “Powerbar” logo.

Roughly 40 years in service and still going strong, many Bx-166 boxcars have now been relegated to non-beer service, such as the hauling of bundled corrugated and paper recyclables. Some cars have also been retired altogether, but a large number of these boxcars are still living up to their original mission: serving major breweries with pride. The Bx-166 remains a major beer hauler to date, and can be found at western breweries and beer distribution centers all across North America. All you have to do is keep an eye out for that double-door boxcar with its distinctive diagonal ribs on either side of the doors, and you’ve found yourself a Bx-166.

- The Models
This model started in our normal fashion - a whole lot of hard work, hours in 'the field', and a massive amount of data. Three dimensional engineering models were accurately designed from blueprints and field measurements. Furthermore, literally thousands of photographs have been analyzed to ensure our printing is extremely accurate, noting the variations among cars when possible.
- Features
• Ready-To-Run
• Injection-Molded Plastic
• Fine-Scale Detail
• Etched-Metal Brake Wheel Platforms
• Crisp Painting/Printing
• Micro-Trains® Brown Couplers
• 24 Numbers

Description Road # Image MSRP Our $ Part #
ATSF Box Car Red Up to 12 Road Numbers Available $27.95 BLM-18001
ATSF Box Car Red 6 Pack 6 Pack $167.70 BLM-18001-6
ATSF Box Car Red 12 Pack 12 Pack $335.40 BLM-18001-12
ATSF Box Car Red with Logo Up to 12 Road Numbers Available $27.95 BLM-18013
ATSF Box Car Red with Logo 6 Pack 6 Pack $167.70 BLM-18013-6
ATSF Box Car Red with Logo 12 Pack 12 Pack $335.40 BLM-18013-12
12 of ATSF Box Car Red &
12 of ATSF Box Car Red with Logo
All 24 Cars
24 Pack $670.80 BLM-18001-24
ATSF "Shock Control" Up to 12 Road Numbers Available $27.95 BLM-18025
ATSF "Shock Control" 6 Pack 6 Pack $167.70 BLM-18025-6
ATSF "Shock Control" 12 Pack 12 Pack $335.40 BLM-18025-12
ATSF "Super Shock Control" Up to 12 Road Numbers Available $27.95 BLM-18037
ATSF "Super Shock Control" 6 Pack 6 Pack $167.70 BLM-18037-6
ATSF "Super Shock Control" 12 Pack 12 Pack $335.40 BLM-18037-12
12 of ATSF "Shock Control" &
12 of ATSF "Super Shock Control"
All 24 Cars
24 Pack $670.80 BLM-18025-24
BNSF (ATSF REPATCH with Cross) Up to 8 Road Numbers Available $28.95 BLM-18049
BNSF (ATSF REPATCH with Cross) 8 Pack 8 Pack $231.60 BLM-18049-8
BNSF (Round BNSF Logo) Up to 8 Road Numbers Available $28.95 BLM-18057
BNSF (Round BNSF Logo) 8 Pack 8 Pack $231.60 BLM-18057-8
BNSF (Powerbar Logo) Up to 8 Road Numbers Available $28.95 BLM-18065
BNSF (Powerbar Logo) 8 Pack 8 Pack $231.60 BLM-18065-8