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Wheels of Time - N Scale - 53ft 6in General Service Welded Fish Belly Flatcar - Canadian National (CN) - Marine Industries Built in 1963, General Purpose Flatcar, 665001 Series (CN Mineral Red) Stencil date 3-72 ACI label - 3-PACK - unique numbers (SKU 805-50183)

Available On: June 1, 2023

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These 53'-6" flatcars were constructed with a welded fish belly steel frame in contrast to the cast steel GSI frame. The fish belly frame provided an optimal distribution of tension and compression forces from the center of the car to the bolsters. Think of it as a bridge. In addition, fabricating a welded frame was far less labor intensive than an equivalent riveted frame. The welded frame proved extremely durable holding up to rugged service. As these flat cars aged-out due to ARR interchange age limit, they found it's way into many years in maintenance-of-way service. A number of builders constructed these flat cars such as the Pacific Car & Foundry (P.C. & F.), Marine Industries (Canada), Pullman-Standard, Bethelehem Steel, and including railroad car shops such as the Western Pacific.

They were designated as FM by the AAR mechanical people. They carried anything bulky that can't be placed in a box car -  from finished lumber to machinery equipment.
Wheels of Time N scale 53-ft 6-in Welded Fish Belly Flatcar Features - 
• Properly weighed cars for smooth derailment-free running
• Proper ride height
• Body-mounted knuckle couplers
• 33" metal wheels for smooth rolling
• Internal steel plate so loads can be attached with magnets
• Extra fine details
• Sharp paint, lettering, car numbers to match the real thing
• Multiple car numbers for fleet owners for realistic train operations
Canadian National Railways purchased a group of Marine Industries 1963-built welded fish belly flatcars. They were assigned to general purpose use. About 1968, the infamous ACI labels began to appear on the rolling stock as shown on our Wheels of Time model.
  Canadian National, Marine Industries BLT 1963, General Purpose Flatcar, 665001 Series (CN Mineral Red) Stencil date 3-72 ACI label; 6 car numbers
50125 665002
50126 665034
50127 665045
50128 665118
50129 665157
50130 665186
50183 CN 3-pack  (Barcode is a master barcode)
50184 CN 6-pack  (Barcode is a master barcode)

 


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