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N Scale - N Scale Kits - NS140 Kit - Container Car, Well - FEC and TTX

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N Scale - N Scale Kits - NS140 Kit - Container Car, Well - FEC and TTX Gunderson 53AP Double Stack Cars

N Scale - N Scale Kits - NS140 Kit - Container Car, Well - FEC and TTX

Brand N Scale Kits
Stock Number NS140 Kit
Original Retail Price $33.99
Manufacturer N Scale Kits
Body Style N Scale Kits Container Well Car
Prototype Description Container Car, Well
Road or Company Name FEC and TTX (Details)
Body Material Diecast
Ready-to-Run No
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Kit Complexity Easy-Build
Kit Material(s) Unpainted Pewter Metal and Etched Stainless S
Announcement Date 2011-04-02
Release Date 2011-04-02
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Container Car
Model Subtype Well

Specific Item Information: Introduced in early 2001 there are many of these cars running across the USA today. The Gunderson AP53 cars are long low-sided single unit, double stack cars, taking 2 20' or one 40-53' container in single or double stack mode or can take one 53' trailer or two 28' trailers. In 2001 FEC purchased cars 70000 through 71124 and in 2005 cars 71650 through 72809, a total of 2285 cars in use through the early 2000's until the present day. They are still regularly seen in intermodal consists today. These low lying cars in their different FEC paint scheme provide an alternative to the TTX well cars seen in many intermodal consists. Whilst any of the cars run in Florida East Coast Railway paint schemes, TTX do run these cars as DTTX cars in the series DTTX 469216 to 471999. However, in DTTX use, TTX run these cars without their hitch tops, and are only used in CoFC service. This version can also be built using the kit.

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.

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 2016-07-29 00:10:02. Last edited by nscalekits on 2016-07-29 03:10:02

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