Rapido Trains - HO Scale - 52-ft 6-in Mill Gondola - Undecorated (SKU 224-50000)
Available On: August 1, 2014
Rapido Trains Inc. and MLW are pleased to announce a true Canuck classic, the Ultimate Canadian HO Scale Gondola. This 52’6” mill gon was produced starting in 1943 and continuing through the 1950s for several Canadian railroads, and is the accurate model to replace all those stand-ins you bought in the 1990s!
These cars and others almost identical to them were built in large numbers by National Steel Car (Hamilton) and Eastern Car Company (Trenton). Our mill gon was used in general service and travelled widely throughout the United States and Canada well into the 1980s. Many remain in company service today!
Our all-new model fully captures the details of the prototype car. Features include delicate Z (Zed/Zee) bracing, with separate wire grab irons, positionable drop ends and ratchet style hand brakes. Full underbody detail is of course included while a die-cast metal floor ensures good weight for trouble-free operation.
The interior has not been neglected either; it includes full rivet and tie-down details. Three different 70-ton trucks – solid bearing, roller bearing and solid bearing side frames with roller bearing inserts – all are offered as appropriate. Trucks feature turned, free-rolling metal wheels. Our metal Macdonald-Cartier knuckle couplers are fitted standard.
Each scheme will be available in numerous car numbers, with either six or twelve numbers being offered in the first release.
•Accurate Z-brace side posts
• Fully decorated and assembled
•Factory-installed grab irons
•Fullly detailed underbody
•Poritionable drop ends
•Magnetic metal knuckle couplers at the correct height
•Free-rolling turned metal wheelsets
•Full interior detail
•Multple car numbers
Note - Preliminary artwork shown, subject to change.