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Wheels of Time - N Scale - 53ft 6in General Purpose Flatcar - Western Maryland (WM) - Bethlehem Steel Co. 7001 Series - New date 6-59 - 3-PACK - Random Number (SKU 805-50191)

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
Western Maryland received from Bethlehem Steel Company (Order DS-3400-286) in 1959, 30 all welded fish belly frame general purpose use. They were equipped with roller bearing unlike previous WM flatcar orders. These 53’-6” flatcars were painted in the stunning Western Maryland Red paint.
  Western Maryland, Bethlehem Steel Co., WM 7001 Series, WM Red, New date 6-59, 6 car numbers
50154 WM 7001
50155 WM 7006
50156 WM 7019
50157 WM 7022
50158 WM 7028
50159 WM 7030
50191 WM - 3 pack   (random numbers)

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$98.85 US