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N Scale - Model Power - 4017 - Gondola, 45 Foot, Steel Rib Side - Santa Fe

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N Scale - Model Power - 4017 - Gondola, 45 Foot, Steel Rib Side - Santa Fe


Brand Model Power
Stock Number 4017
Manufacturer Model Power China
Body Style Model Power Gondola 45 Foot Steel Rib Side
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks ATSF
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Gondola
Model Subtype 45 Foot
Model Variety Steel, Ribbed Side
Prototype Gondola, 45 Foot, Steel Rib Side
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Body Style Information: This body style was made in China for Model Power. It is a knock-off of the Lima 45 foot Gondola which was imported by AHM, and PMI. You can spot the difference by checking to see if "Lima" is stamped on the bottom. The Chinese made models also have wonky clips holding the trucks in place instead of the ubiquitous "Kingpin". These trucks are poorly made and lack adequate clearance from the underframe. This causes the axles to rub against the underframe detail creating a distinct "clicking" sounds as the cars move around the track. The model measures 3.43" long so it comes in at over 45 scale feet but nowhere close to the advertised 50 feet in Model Power catalogs and marketing material.

Road/Company Information:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Founded in the late 1960's by Michael Tager, the 3rd generation business specializes in quality hobby products serving the toy and hobby markets worldwide. During its 50 years of operation, Model Power has developed a full line of model railroading products, die-cast metal aircraft, and die-cast metal cars and trucks.

In early 2014, Model Power ceased its business operations. Its extensive portfolio of intellectual property and physical assets are now exclusively produced, marketed, sold, and distributed by MRC (Model Power, MetalTrain and Mantua) and by Daron (Postage Stamp Airplanes and Airliner Collection).



Item created by: gdm on 2017-06-27 13:46:02

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