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N Scale - N Scale Kits - NS023 5-car Kit - Container Car, Well - Trailer Train

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N Scale - N Scale Kits - NS023 5-car Kit - Container Car, Well - Trailer Train National Steel 3-unit All-Purpose Double Stack car


N Scale - N Scale Kits - NS023 5-car Kit - Container Car, Well - Trailer Train


Brand N Scale Kits
Stock Number NS023 5-car Kit
Original Retail Price $39.99
Manufacturer N Scale Kits
Body Style N Scale Kits Container Well Car
Prototype Description Container Car, Well
Road or Company Name Trailer Train (Details)
Body Material Diecast
Ready-to-Run No
Multipack Count 5
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Announcement Date 2007-04-02
Release Date 2007-04-02
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Container Car
Model Subtype Well



Specific Item Information: Delivery of these cars began in late 1997, a total of 286 3-unit cars were built. DTTX 400000-400285. In addition to carrying containers up to 48ft in the bottom position and 53ft on top, each well could also carry a trailer up to 53ft, or two 28ft pup trailers. The trailer hitches are believed to have been removed from these cars from around 2001.

Prototype Description: (From Wikipedia) A well car, also known as a double-stack car or stack car (also well wagon), is a type of railroad car specially designed to carry intermodal containers (shipping containers) used in intermodal freight transport. The "well" is a depressed section which sits close to the rails between the wheel trucks of the car, allowing a container to be carried lower than on a traditional flatcar. This makes it possible to carry a stack of two containers per unit on railway lines (double-stack rail transport) wherever the loading gauge assures sufficient clearance. The top container is secured to the bottom container either by a bulkhead built into the car (e.g., bottom and top containers are the same dimensions of 40 ft.), or through the use of inter-box connectors (IBC). Four IBCs are needed per wellcar. In the process of an inbound train becoming an outbound train, there are four processes: unlock to unload the top container of inbound train, remove then unload bottom container, insert after loading bottom container of outbound train, lock after top container loaded.

Advantages to using well cars include increased stability due to the lower center of gravity of the load, lower tare weight, and in the case of articulated units, reduced slack action.

Double-stack cars are most common in North America where intermodal traffic is heavy and electrification is less widespread; thus overhead clearances are typically more manageable.

Road Name History:
TTX Company (formerly Trailer Train) is a leading provider of railcars and related freight car management services to the North American rail industry. TTX's pool of railcars (over 220,000 cars and intermodal wells) is ideal for supporting shippers in the intermodal, automotive, paper & forest, metals, machinery, wind energy and other markets where flatcars, boxcars and gondolas are required.

Owned by North America's leading railroads, TTX's free-running pools provide fungible assets that minimize total empty miles, further lowering costs and minimizing risk for the industry, helping the railroads conserve their capital for other critical infrastructure needs. Customers easily recognize TTX's bright yellow cars as a consistent, high quality, well-maintained fleet that serves many transportation needs.

Brand/Importer Information:
N Scale Kits manufacture and sell the widely admired Alan Curtis model range [AC Models and Andersley Models]. Their focus is the intermodal and flatcar kits originally produced by Alan Curtis and AC Models. All cars are manufactured in lead free pewter.

N Scale Kits is located at Minster Chambers, Church Street, Southwell Nottinghamshire, England NG25 0HD.

Item created by: nscalekits on 2016-07-28 00:05:52. Last edited by nscalekits on 2016-07-28 03:05:52

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