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N Scale - InterMountain - 66020-07 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel 12 Panel - Spokane Portland & Seattle - 13043

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N Scale - InterMountain - 66020-07 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel 12 Panel - Spokane Portland & Seattle - 13043 Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway


Brand InterMountain
Stock Number 66020-07
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style InterMountain Boxcar 40 Foot 12 Panel
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel 12 Panel (Details)
Road or Company Name Spokane Portland & Seattle (Details)
Reporting Marks SP&S
Road or Reporting Number 13043
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety 12 Panel
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1939 - 1959
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: The prototype was built in July of 1949.

Prototype History:
The earliest 40 foot boxcars with 6 foot doors and 12 panels were built in 1939 by Pressed Steel for D&RGW (series 68000-68399). From 1947 - 1949, there were similar cars built for the SP, T&NO, Santa Fe, EJ&E, SP&S and GN. GN later designed their own version of the 12 Panel car and produced them from 1948 to 1959 to replace the wood sheathed cars essentially used for grain service. GN produced 6,489 of these cars in a myriad of paint schemes. Some were used in passenger service as express boxcars. They were all designed and made at the GN St. Cloud shops.

The reason there was more panels was because there were more side posts. And the reason there were more side posts was that the side sheets were thinner. And the side sheets were thinner because they buyers wanted lighter weight cars.

Road Name History:
The Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway (SP&S) (reporting mark SPS) was a United States-based railroad incorporated in 1905. It was a joint venture by the Great Northern Railway and the Northern Pacific Railway to build a railroad along the north bank of the Columbia River. Remnants of the line are currently operated by BNSF Railway.

The railroad was chartered in 1905 by James J. Hill to connect the two transcontinental railroads owned by him, the Northern Pacific (NP) and Great Northern (GN), to Portland, Oregon from Spokane, Washington, to gain a portion of the lumber trade in Oregon, a business then dominated by E.H. Harriman's Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. Construction began in 1906 under the name Portland & Seattle Railway, proceeding eastward from Vancouver, Washington. 1906 also saw the start of construction of the line between Vancouver and Portland, including work on three major new bridges, crossing the Columbia River, the Oregon Slough and the Willamette River. The northernmost of these was the first bridge of any kind to be built across the lower Columbia River.

In January 1908 "Spokane" was added to the railroad's name, making it the Spokane, Portland & Seattle Railway. SP&S freight and passenger service (from Pasco) to Portland was inaugurated in November 1908. By 1909 the railroad had completed construction of its line up to Spokane along the Snake River. In 1910 SP&S gained control of the Oregon Electric interurban railway, which the Great Northern had acquired two years before. Under the control of the SP&S the railroad was extended southward to Eugene, Oregon by 1912. SP&S also operated a second subsidiary railroad in western Oregon, the Oregon Traction Company, which owned a route to Seaside, Oregon. A third route on which the SP&S operated extended southward from Wishram, Washington to Bend, Oregon was the Oregon Trunk Railroad.

Read more on Wikipedia and The Spokane Portland and Seattle Railway Historical Society

Brand/Importer Information:
InterMountain was founded in 1985 by Fred Brummet. They got started in the model railroad business by producing O-Scale model kits. They got started in the N Scale business almost a decade later when in 1994 they introduced the 40-23 reefer car in kit form. Later, in 1998, they started producing RTR (Ready-to-Run) models. By the early 2000s, InterMountain phased out kit production in favor of the RTR models.

The InterMountain Railway company is located at 1224 Boston Ave in Longmont, CO. They are a manufacturer of HO, N and Z scale model trains. They have produced kits as well as RTR (Ready-To-Run) models. Their N Scale products include locomotives as well as rolling stock. Their rolling stock lineup includes Boxcars, Hoppers, Tank Cars, Reefers, Gondolas, Stock Cars and Flatcars.

Their locomotive releases have primarily been diesel units, with the one major exception being their series of AC-12 Cab Forward steam locos. Their diesel lineup includes F3's, F7's, F9's, SD40's, SD45's and FT units. They are known for quality and detail. They also release their rolling stock in larger varieties of road numbers than most of the other manufacturers.

Item created by: Chance on 2016-10-12 19:24:02. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-06-02 00:00:00

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