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N Scale - GHQ Models - 50001 - Truck, Intermodal, Piggy-Packer - Painted/Unlettered

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N Scale - GHQ Models - 50001 - Truck, Intermodal, Piggy-Packer - Painted/Unlettered


Brand GHQ Models
Stock Number 50001
Manufacturer GHQ Models
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style GHQ Metal Vehicle Kit
Prototype Truck, Intermodal, Piggy-Packer (Details)
Road or Company Name Painted/Unlettered (Details)
Reporting Marks MI-JACK Crane
Paint Color(s) Various
Ready-to-Run No
Kit Complexity Moderate Skills
Kit Material(s) Injection Molded Plastic
Item Category Structures
Model Type Intermodal
Model Subtype Industrial
Model Variety Container Crane
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)



Specific Item Information: Initially released in 1995, unassembled and currently out-of-production, GHQ Mi-Jack Translift Straddle Crane kit, is comprised of chemically etched brass and Britannia pewter metal parts, a water-slide decal sheet, and product assembly instructions.

Prototype History:
By the early 1960s, railroads in North America were routinely transporting truck trailers on specialized railroad cars called “piggyback” flat cars (known as Trailer On Flat Car, or TOFC). The loading and unloading of truck trailers from these flat cars was accomplished by way of a ramp at one end of the train, with a truck-tractor used to pull the trailer on and off the train. This was commonly referred to as “circus loading”, and was a time consuming process: by this method, trailers on piggyback flat cars could only be loaded or unloaded sequentially. Furthermore circus loading required a very skilled driver, one able to navigate the narrow confines of a flatcar, especially when backing up to pick up a trailer.

In 1968, the FWD Wagner Corp. developed the P-80 and the PC-90. The boom on the PC-90 (and P-80) was redesigned to eliminate the tilting of the trailers during lifting by including a pair of horizontal stabilizing bars that served as a parallelogram. Folding grapple arms replaced the clamshell lift mechanism, eliminating the 10-feet clearance required with the '70. Further, by 1968, ISO standards had been established for the emerging maritime container business, replacing the proprietary lift mechanisms for SeaLand, Matson and others. Nelson saw the growth potential in adapting the Piggy-Packer for container handling, and chose the lift mechanism that had been developed by Ropco Corp. The first dual-purpose machine equipped with a container spreader entered service in UP’s Seattle facility in 1968. Furthermore, lift capacity was beefed up to 90,000 lb (45 tons). The PC-90 quickly became the de facto standard for mechanization of TOFC operations.

Road Name History:
Some items are designed to have their owner add whatever company marking they choose, usually in the form of decals or dry-transfers. These items are painted in a generic prototypical fashion but with all company affiliation deliberately left off.


Brand/Importer Information:
GHQ has been a leader in the fine scale model industry since 1967. Over the years, we have dabbled in various model railroading projects. In 1993, we made a concerted effort to enter the N-Scale market. Our first offering was a Mi-Jack straddle crane. From there we went on to produce the finest line of N-Scale vehicles ever made.

Our vehicles have received glowing reviews from many model railroading magazines, including Model Railroader, N-Scale, Model Railroad News, Railmodel Journal, Model Railroading, and Railroad Model Craftsman.

All of the kits that you see listed on our website are available, but these kits are not in constant production. When overall customer interest on kits wanes, those items will be pulled. So, if you see something that you want, buy while it is available.

GHQ 28100 Woodside Rd Shorewood, MN 55331 Telephone (612-374-2693) Fax (952-470-4428)

Item created by: Powderman on 2018-11-18 13:36:00. Last edited by Powderman on 2018-11-18 13:38:52

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