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Wheels of Time - N Scale - 53ft 6in General Service Welded Fish Belly Flatcar - Conrail (CR) - Pullman Standard 1960 - ex-NYC Class 888-F - Stencil date 2-8 - Road Number 715519 (SKU 805-50135)

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
Conrail Class 888F flatcars were originally Pullman Standard PS-4 built in 1960 for the New York Central System. PC inherited it’s fleet. And Conrail inherited it from PC. Conrail repainted their FM flatcars at the Altoona Car Shop until 1980, By 1981, the Hollidaysburg Car Shop did all the refurbishing of these Class 888F flatcars. On 4/80, only 2 cars had CR reporting marks. By 4/82, 53 cars had CR; 9 cars had PC; and 114 cars still had NYC! Wheels of Time is happy to reproduce these fine cars with the assistance from Jeff Lopez.
  Conrail, PS 1960, ex-NYC Class 888-F, Stencil date 2-81, 6 car numbers
50131 CR 715353
50132 CR 715355
50133 CR 715410
50134 CR 715492
50135 CR 715519
50136 CR 715523
50185 CR 3-pack   (Barcode is a master barcode)
50186 CR 6-pack   (Barcode is a master barcode)

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