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Micro-Trains - N Scale - 40 ft Grain Service Box Car - 2 Paper & 2 Wood Coopered Grain Door Inserts - Canadian National (CN) (Brown w/ Noodle & White Lettering) (PWRS Exclusive) 4-Pack - Not Available Through Micro-Trains (SKU 489-07390009)

Available On: April 1, 2016

This limited run of 40 ft Standard Canadian National Grain Boxcars with a minimum run of 50 sets, will be an excellent gift for all CN fans! Order yours today through your PORTERS account and earn valuable Micro-Trains Manufacturers Credits towards select PWRS PORTERS Micro Trains Club Lounge Cars.

Boxcars were the freight car of choice for grain transportation from the early 1900's until they were replaced by gravity-discharge aluminum and steel covered hoppers beginning in the 1970's. The covered hoppers were easier to load and unload. Boxcars required wooden or cardboard grain doors, to hold the cargo in while the car was being loaded via the door. We have simulated this by providing 2 cars with Plywood inserts and two with cardboard inserts. In 1987, terminal car dumpers still existed for boxcar unloading, but they were quickly aging, and costly to repair and operate. Grain boxcar fleets declined through attrition, and the railways' intention after 1986 to use them only on branchlines unable to accommodate the heavier covered hoppers.

The Canadian Federal government boxcar rehabilitation schemes were undertaken in 1979 and 1980. The floors, nailable door areas, spot welding, and doors were repaired and spray painting was done. A yellow wheat sheaf, a smaller version of the government grain hopper scheme, was applied to the left of the door. Under it was a stencilled a bilingual message, reading in part, "REPAIRED WITH FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA". 

073 91 009  CN #428635  w/ paper doors w/ Superior Door
073 92 009  CN #428649  w/ paper doors w/ Superior Door
073 93 009  CN #428168  w/ wood doors w/ Youngstown Door
073 94 009  CN #428223  w/ wood doors w/ Youngstown Door

Proto-type photo CP 252797 used courtesy of Beiseker Railway Museum.

The way the grain agent would load these cars is a little different from a modern hopper. First the agent would climb into the car with all the materials he would need along with a ladder ( this was very important ). The agent would nail a large piece of cardboard over the door opening from the inside. He would leave a few feet of room at the top open to load the car with. He would then re-enforce the cardboard with metal strapping. This procedure was repeated for the other door as well. Then the agent would use the ladder to climb out of the car through the opening he had left at the top of the door. At the ports a large scoop with a spiked end was rammed through the cardboard door to unload the car. The job was finished by sweeping the remains out of the car.

Loading levels were painted on the inside of the car to tell the agent how much to load to. There are different levels for Oats, Barley, and Wheat as these all weighed different amounts and the car could not exceed a set tonnage.

Photos courtesy of Eric Gagnon

$135.98 US