|These 50' exterior-post
boxcars were built from 1966 through 1969 by Despatch Shops Incorporated, a subsidiary
of first the New York Central and then Penn Central. A number of cars also were
built for the Pittsburgh & Lake Erie as well as the Lehigh Valley. Conrail
inherited the New York Central, Penn Central and Lehigh Valley rosters in 1976.
The cars remained active into the 1990s |
body and underframe are injection molded plastic, with etched brass end platforms.
Intricate and accurate detail is present throughout. The model rides at the prototypically-correct
height above the rails, on ASF 70-ton Ride Control roller-bearing trucks fitted
with low-profile metal wheelsets, lowered brake gear and ladders, and Keystone
cushioned underframe. Simulated cushioned-underframe coupler pockets are integrated
into the underframe. The model is equipped with Micro-Trains compatible knuckle
couplers, and represents the prototype in the non-roofwalk configuration.
Operation of this model over curved trackage of less than 10-inch radius is not