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N Scale - Walthers - 8803 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Insulated - Green Bay & Western

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N Scale - Walthers - 8803 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Insulated - Green Bay & Western

Stock Number 8803
Secondary Stock Number 932-8803
Original Retail Price $9.98
Brand Walthers
Manufacturer Walthers
Body Style Walthers Boxcar 50 Foot Exterior Post Insulated
Prototype Description Boxcar, 50 Foot, Insulated
Road or Company Name Green Bay & Western (Details)
Reporting Marks GBW
Paint Color(s) Yellow with Aluminum Roof
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Exterior Post Insulated

Model Information: This model was designed by Walthers and produced in China starting in the late 1980s or 1990s. They do not appear in my 1997 catalog, but based on the stock numbers they seem to be something that they stopped making before 1997 rather than started making after 1997. The tooling is fairly simple and typical of a 1st generation car but with 2nd generation printing. One thing that makes these different is that the roof is attached to the body. The sides and underframe are all one piece. Most other rolling stock (especially boxcars) have the body attach to the underframe. One advantage of this design is it is fairly easy to add weight to the cars. They also allow for a simple swap out of the trucks and couplers using a standard truck pin.

Prototype Description: Introduced in 1964, these insulated box cars were leased to a number of railroads and private industries. In service, they carried loads which required a constant temperature, but didn't need to be refrigerated in transit. This included foodstuffs like cereal, beer, canned goods and chocolate, as well as a variety of lubricants and chemicals. Using the same basic body, three variations were built, which differed in inside length, types and thickness of insulation and load restraints. Just over 1300 roamed the rails and a few remain in use today.

Road Name History:
The Green Bay and Western Railroad (reporting mark GBW) served central Wisconsin for almost 100 years before it was absorbed into the Wisconsin Central in 1993.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Wm. K. Walthers, Inc., was founded in Milwaukee in 1932 -- but really, it started years earlier, when seven-year-old Bill Walthers got his first taste of the hobby with a small, wind-up toy train for Christmas. He continued with the hobby and eventually had an attic layout comprised primarily of his own scratch-built creations. After he wrote a series of articles on building train control and signaling systems, he got so many letters from other modelers that he began manufacturing them. The first ad (in the May issue of The Model Maker) offered a 24-page, 15c catalog that listed rail, couplers, and electrical supplies. Sales were over $500.00 for the first year, and the fledgling company was off to a strong start.

Within five years, Walthers had grown so much that larger quarters were needed. Space was found on Erie Street, where everything -- from milled wood parts to metal castings to decals -- was made in-house. 1937 also saw a new line in HO Scale, featured in its own catalog. Bill brought operating layouts to the 1939 World's Fair, which gave the hobby a big boost. Soon, though, the growing possibility of war overshadowed these successes, and supplies were becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.

During the war, model manufacturers were ordered to stop production in order to conserve critical metal supplies. Walthers produced what it could from nonessential materials. A series of ads in 1943 saw Bill literally scraping the bottom of a barrel! The postwar boom meant rapid growth for the hobby; however, small homes and new families left no room for O scale layouts, and many modelers moved to HO Scale.

The next twenty years brought great change. In 1958, Bill retired and his son Bruce took over. Just as full-size railroads were being hard-hit by new technology, so too were model railroads. Leisure time was spent in front of the TV set, not the train set. In 1960, Walthers became a full-line distributor of other manufacturers' products while continuing expansion of the Walthers lines. By the start of the 1970's, business was booming again, and Bruce's son Phil joined the company.

Expansion and diversification continue under Phil's tenure. The establishment of the Walthers Importing Division added several international lines. The manufacturing plant was modernized. Code 83 track was introduced in 1985, giving layouts more realistic proportions. In 1990, the Cornerstone Series buildings were unveiled. Combining a freight car with a related industry, the Cornerstone Series makes it possible for modelers to duplicate authentic operations, enhancing layout realism. The Train Line Deluxe Sets and locomotives debuted in 1994. These sets feature the detailing of serious models and an affordable price -- allowing newcomers to get started, and then build-on to their first set, rather than replacing it.

In 2005, Walthers purchased Life-Like from Lifoam Industries. With this purchase Walthers acquired the Proto Lines that have become the backbone of their locomotive and rolling stock segments.

Today, Walthers continues to expand, improve and develop a wide range of products. Their latest selection can be found throughout and their printed catalogs, along with items from over 300 other manufacturers.

In December 2017, Lowell Smith announced the ‘purchase of tooling’ of the Walthers line of N Scale passenger cars (sleeper, coach and baggage cars), and in June 2018, Atlas announced that it will purchase all N scale locomotive and rolling stock tooling owned by Walthers, including the Walthers N tooling as well as former Life-Like tooling. This divestment puts an end to Walthers involvement as a manufacturer of N scale rolling-stock, though it will continue its range of N scale structures.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-10-17 17:55:21

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