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N Scale - Fox Valley Special Run - NSE FVM 11-02 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Wagontop - Baltimore & Ohio - 381094

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N Scale - Fox Valley Special Run - NSE FVM 11-02 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Wagontop - Baltimore & Ohio - 381094 Image Courtesy of George Hollwedel


Brand Fox Valley Special Run
Stock Number NSE FVM 11-02
Manufacturer Fox Valley
Commissioned By George Hollwedel
Body Style Fox Valley Boxcar 50 Foot B&O M-53 Wagontop
Road or Company Name Baltimore & Ohio (Details)
Reporting Marks B&O
Road or Reporting Number 381094
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack ID Number PNS0046
Release Date 2011-09-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety M-53 B&O Wagontop
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Wagontop
Region North America
Era/Epoch All Eras


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Specific Item Information: N Scale Enthusiast. B&O M-53 #1. NSE FVM11-01(01+02+03)

Body Style Information: Fox Valley introduced this model in January of 2013. It features : Body-mounted Micro-Trains couplers at correct height; Chemically blackened metal wheelsets in gauge; Weight: 1 ounce (correct per NMRA RP-20.1).

This car has some very nice separate detail parts - mainly the running board and brake wheel - but even the molded details are well-defined and correctly placed. The main components of the brake system are molded in the underframe. The detail level of the underframe in general is not as nice as many contemporary models but isn't awful either. The body-mounted couplers and Fox Valleys' renowned metal wheelsets are huge wins. The placement of the herald, large B&O lettering and other stencils matches photos of M-53 boxcars during that time frame. The minor detail discrepancies are not deal breakers. Overall the ready-to-run model provides an easy way to add this unique boxcar to an HO or N scale car fleet.

Prototype Information: The B&O M-53 wagontop was not B&O?s most popular boxcar, but it is arguably their signature piece of rolling stock. From 1937-1938, the B&O constructed 2,000 Wagontops classed as M-53, numbers 380000-381999 and 1000 M-53A units numbered 385000-385999. The underframes were built by Bethlehem and the car bodies were constructed in B&O?s own company shops beginning in 1937 through 1938. The class M-53A units were built in 1941 and were 400lbs. heavier and had minor rivet detail differences from the M-53.

Road/Company Information:
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (reporting marks B&O, BO) is one of the oldest railroads in the United States and the first common carrier railroad. It came into being mostly because the city of Baltimore wanted to compete with the newly constructed Erie Canal (which served New York City) and another canal being proposed by Pennsylvania, which would have connected Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. At first this railroad was located entirely in the state of Maryland with an original line from the port of Baltimore west to Sandy Hook. At this point to continue westward, it had to cross into Virginia (now West Virginia) over the Potomac River, adjacent to the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers. From there it passed through Virginia from Harpers Ferry to a point just west of the junction of Patterson Creek and the North Branch Potomac River where it crossed back into Maryland to reach Cumberland. From there it was extended to the Ohio River at Wheeling and a few years later also to Parkersburg, West Virginia.

It is now part of the CSX Transportation (CSX) network, and includes the oldest operational railroad bridge in the USA. The B&O also included the Leiper Railroad, the first permanent horse-drawn railroad in the U.S. In later years, B&O advertising carried the motto: "Linking 13 Great States with the Nation." Part of the B&O Railroad's immortality has come from being one of the four featured railroads on the U.S. version of the board game Monopoly, but it is the only railroad on the board which did not serve Atlantic City, New Jersey, directly.

When CSX established the B&O Railroad Museum as a separate entity from the corporation, some of the former B&O Mount Clare Shops in Baltimore, including the Mt. Clare roundhouse, were donated to the museum while the rest of the property was sold. The B&O Warehouse at the Camden Yards rail junction in Baltimore now dominates the view over the right-field wall at the Baltimore Orioles' current home, Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

At the end of 1970 B&O operated 5552 miles of road and 10449 miles of track, not including the Staten Island Rapid Transit (SIRT) or the Reading and its subsidiaries.

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Item created by: Chance on 2016-09-25 15:40:02

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