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Specific Item Information: Painted Tuscan red with black and write printing. Equipped with Barber roller bearing trucks.
Body Style Information: ESM introduced this model in 2009. The body and detail parts are made from injection molded plastic, while the underframe is diecast. The underside is stamped "ESM China". The metal underframe gives these cars enough heft to track well.
The drop ends can be positioned either up or down. Intricate and accurate detail is present inside as well as outside. For example, you can count the rivets inside the body of the car if you like. The model rides at the prototypically-correct height above the rails, on Micro-Trains® truck frames fitted with low-profile injection molded plastic wheelsets. The style of truck frame utilized is specified with each model. The model is equipped with body-mounted Micro-Trains® #1015 couplers.
Due to their length, operation of this model over curved trackage of less than 12½-inch radius is not recommended.
Prototype Information: The Pennsylvania Railroad built 1,650 of these cars in 1930 and 1931. More than 35% of the series remained in service at the time of the Penn Central merger, and a number continued generating revenue in the Conrail era. Lehigh Valley obtained fifty of the G26 class from the Pennsylvania in the early 1930s to augment its mill gondola fleet.
During its existence, the Lehigh Valley Railroad used a rail line that later became known as the Lehigh Line in order for it to operate. The Lehigh Line was the railroad's first rail line constructed which was built in 1855 between Easton, Pennsylvania and Allentown, Pennsylvania and it served as the main line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad. Serving as the main line for the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the rail line expanded past Allentown to Buffalo, New York and past Easton to New York City, bringing the Lehigh Valley Railroad to these metro areas. During the early years, the line served as the body of the Lehigh Valley Railroad until the railroad either built more rail lines or railroads, acquired more rail lines or railroads, and merged other railroads into their system. The line was known as the Lehigh Valley Mainline during the majority of its time under the ownership of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, starting in the 1930s. The "Lehigh Valley" was absorbed along with several northeastern rail lines into Conrail; the main line became known as the Lehigh Line during the Conrail ownership. Conrail shortened the track miles by abandoning most of its route to Buffalo and some of the line entering New York City area. The Lehigh Line is now owned by the Norfolk Southern Railway.
As of 31 Dec 1925, 1363.7 miles of road, 3533.3 miles of track; as of 31 Dec 1970, 927 miles of road and 1963 miles of track.
Their 2016 lineup includes ready-to-run gondolas, well cars, hoppers, tank cars and boxcars. They also produce craftsman quality kits in their "Made in America" series. ESM products may be purchased directly from their website.
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