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N Scale - InterMountain - 6402006-A02 - Gondola, Bathtub, Trinity Rotary - Capital Transit - 6-Pack

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N Scale - InterMountain - 6402006-A02 - Gondola, Bathtub, Trinity Rotary  - Capital Transit - 6-Pack Image Courtesy of InterMountain Railway

Brand InterMountain
Stock Number 6402006-A02
Original Retail Price $134.95
Manufacturer InterMountain Railway
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style E&C Gondola Coalporter
Prototype Gondola, Bathtub, Trinity Rotary (Details)
Road or Company Name Capital Transit (Details)
Reporting Marks NCUX
Road or Reporting Number 6-Pack
Paint Color(s) Silver with Grey End
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type McHenry Magnetic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 6
Multipack ID Number 6402006-A02
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date 2021-03-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Gondola
Model Subtype Bathtub
Model Variety Coalporter
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information:
Value Line by InterMountain Trinity Aluminator® Coal Gondolas Features: Sharp Painting and Lettering, Prototype Acurate Paint Schemes, Operating Couplers and InterMountain Metal Wheelsets.
A02: 11362, 11381, 11395, 11404, 11430, 11441

Model Information: These models come with optional, user-installed weights and internal bracing.

Prototype History:
There have been a number of designs of coal-hauling gondolas for todays operations. Most of the major builders have offered aluminum-bodied coal gons at one point or another. Bethlehem Steel Car made a significant introduction with its Bethgon design. This design continues with Johnstown America today. The basic design uses two longitudinal tubs between the trucks - thus adding additional cubic-foot capacity with a lower center of gravity.

In 1992, Trinity Industries introduced a similar design and called it the Aluminator. Six demonstrators were built and placed under Trinity Industries Leasing Company reporting marks (TIMX 1001-1006). This initial design was rated at a 4,400 cubic-foot capacity. Most new-built coal cars (hoppers and gondolas) are built to a standardized 53' 1" outside length. The Trinity Aluminator is no exception. The 4400 design has a 12' 7" extreme height (11' 6" inside height). What made the Aluminator unique was the way the bottom of the tubs slope down ward from the center to the ends (the Bethlehem/Johnstown design had straight bottom tubs). The body has 13 side posts each with an alternating rivet pattern. There are three internal cross braces (at the 4th, 7th and 10th side posts). Trinity's aluminum rotary dump gondola features twin longitudinal tubs located on either side of the steel center sill.

Road Name History:
CTCo was the result of the 1933 merger of the Washington Railway, Capital Traction, and Washington Rapid Transit – all streetcar lines operating in the greater Washington D.C. area. In 1937, they received their first PCC cars. In less than a decade, they would have 489 PCC cars on the roster. Long standing ordinances prevented trolley wire from spoiling the streets of Washington D.C. so many CTCo cars were equipped with both trolley poles and pickup shoes that collected electricity from a conduit beneath the pavement. The resulting slot in the pavement between the rails made this electric line look more like a cable car line. Capital Transit’s freight business mostly consisted of moving coal from a connection with B&O to a power plant at Benning. Steeple-cabs were used for this service. In 1955, CTCo faced labor demands for higher wages just after having been denied permission by the government to raise rates. The result was a seven week long strike that crippled the company (and traffic in Washington.) The following year, the company was sold and became DC Transit.

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: scottakoltz on 2020-09-15 19:29:05. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-09-15 19:29:06

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