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N Scale - BLMA - 18068 - Boxcar, 62 Foot, BX-166 - Burlington Northern Santa Fe - 780789


Brand BLMA
Stock Number 18068
Original Retail Price $28.95
Manufacturer BLMA
Body Style BLMA Boxcar 62 Foot Double Sliding Door Insulated Bx-166
Prototype Boxcar, 62 Foot, BX-166 (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks BNSF
Road or Reporting Number 780789
Paint Color(s) Mineral Red
Paint Scheme Round Powerbar Logo
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2016-08-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 62 Foot
Model Variety Double Sliding Door Insulated Bx-166
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: The ready-to-run models have etched metal brake wheel platforms, fine scale under body detail, and separately applied air hoses and wire cut levers.

Prototype Information: Built by the Santa Fe at the railroad's Kansas City car shops in 1974, a total of three-hundred of the 61 foot 6 inch long double 8' sliding door insulated Bx-166 boxcars were produced.

From their original Indian Red color, with large white cross logos and "Shock Control" lettering, to their mid-life, minimalist, Mineral Brown paint with small white Santa Fe logos, all the way to BNSF?s modern "Powerbar" logos, it has been reported that Bx-166's have been seen in thirteen different paint schemes.

Used for beer distribution throughout North America, some 40+ years later, re-stenciled to reflect the merged Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroads (BNSF), a fair number of the remaining cars continue to haul beer, though many have been relegated to non-beer hauling tasks, such as the hauling of bundled corrugated and paper recyclables.

Learn more about the Bx-166 prototype and models in this BLMA You Tube video.

Prototype History:
The BX-166 was a product of Santa Fe's Topeka, Kansas shops in the late 1970s. The BX-155, BX-161, BX-166 and BX-177 were all similar designs. The BX-166 was the double plug door design and was 62 feet long. When built, they were painted in the railroad's Indian Red paint scheme with the 'Shock Control' logo on the sides. In later years, the cars were repainted in a simplified mineral red scheme. Some repainted cars had a small circle-cross herald applied in the upper left corner, while others had reporting marks only.

Many of these cars are still in service, four decades after being built. Some are used for beer service while others carry recycled paper. These cars have twoe 8-foot insulated plug doors on each side.

Road Name History:
The BNSF Railway (reporting mark BNSF) is one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America, second to the Union Pacific Railroad (UP) (its primary competitor for Western U.S. freight), and is one of seven North American Class I railroads. It has 48,000 employees, 32,500 miles (52,300 km) of track in 28 states, and over 8,000 locomotives. It has three transcontinental routes that provide high-speed links between the western and eastern United States. BNSF trains traveled over 169 million miles in 2010, more than any other North American railroad.[2] The BNSF and UP have a duopoly on all transcontinental freight rail lines in the Western U.S. and share trackage rights over thousands of miles of track.

According to corporate press releases, the BNSF Railway is among the top transporters of intermodal freight in North America. It also hauls bulk cargo. For instance, the railroad hauls enough coal to generate roughly ten percent of the electricity produced in the United States.

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the railroad is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

The creation of BNSF started with the formation of a holding company, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation on September 22, 1995. This new holding company then purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (often called the "Santa Fe") and Burlington Northern Railroad, and formally merged the railways into the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996. On January 24, 2005, the railroad's name was officially changed to "BNSF Railway," using the initials of its original name.

In 1999, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the Canadian National Railway announced their intention to merge and form a new corporation entitled North American Railways to be headquartered in Montreal, Canada. The United States' Surface Transportation Board (STB) placed a 15-month moratorium on all rail mergers, which ended this merger.

On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for $100 per share in cash and stock - a deal valued at $44 billion. The company is investing an estimated $34 billion in BNSF and acquiring $10 billion in debt. On February 12, 2010, shareholders of Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation voted in favor of the acquisition.

Read more on Wikipedia. A very nice booklet "History and Legacy" is available on BNSF official website.

Brand/Importer Information:
BLMA Models was founded in July of 2000 to bring Z, N, and HO Scale products of superior quality and originality to the model train community. At BLMA Models, we understand that quality and accuracy count in producing realistic scale models. Our passion revolves around accuracy, diversity, innovation and satisfaction to prototype model railroaders by providing exceptional products and service that goes beyond your expectations.

BLMA was acquired by Atlas Model Railroad in January of 2016.

Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-08-06 15:35:53. Last edited by gdm on 2018-08-14 10:19:22

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