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N Scale - Eastern Seaboard Models - ESM-210401 - Container Car, Well, GSC - Penn Central - 768021

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N Scale - Eastern Seaboard Models - ESM-210401 - Container Car, Well, GSC - Penn Central - 768021


Brand Eastern Seaboard Models
Stock Number ESM-210401
Original Retail Price $36.95
Manufacturer Eastern Seaboard Models
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Eastern Seaboard Models GSC 60 Ton Well Car
Prototype Description Container Car, Well, GSC
Road or Company Name Penn Central (Details)
Reporting Marks PC
Road or Reporting Number 768021
Paint Color(s) Jade Green
Body Material Diecast
Release Date 2015-05-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Container Car
Model Subtype Well
Model Variety General Steel Castings



Model Information: ESM first released this model in May of 2015. The body and detail parts are injection molded plastic, while the well and underframe are diecast. Intricate and accurate detail includes a free-standing vertical brakewheel. These cars ride at the prototypically-correct height, with the well a mere ten scale inches above the rails. The model rides on Atlas' Barber S-2 friction-bearing truck frames fitted with Fox Valley Models 28" low-profile wheelsets, and features body-mounted Micro-TrainsĀ® #2001/2004 couplers.

Operation of this model over curved trackage of less than 10-inch radius is not recommended.

Prototype Description: General Steel Castings offered a 60-ton well car in its product line of one piece cast steel car bodies in 1958. The buyer railroads purchased the components and assembled the cars in their own shops.

Although at first glance the car appears to be similar to modern intermodal well cars, this car operated in the pre-intermodal era and was not used to transport containers. They were used to transport excess height fabricated objects. Large wheels and gears, steam ship propellers, large generators, etc.

Road Name History:
The Penn Central Transportation Company, commonly abbreviated to Penn Central, was an American Class I railroad headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that operated from 1968 until 1976. It was created by the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania and New York Central railroads. The New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad was added to the merger in 1969; by 1970, the company had filed for what was, at that time, the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.

The Penn Central was created as a response to challenges faced by all three railroads in the late 1960s. The northeastern quarter of the United States, these railroads' service area, was the most densely populated region of the U.S. While railroads elsewhere in North America drew a high percentage of their revenues from the long-distance shipment of commodities such as coal, lumber, paper and iron ore, Northeastern railroads traditionally depended on a mix of services.

As it turned out, the merged Penn Central was little better off than its constituent roads were before. A merger implementation plan was drawn up, but not carried out. Attempts to integrate operations, personnel and equipment were not very successful, due to clashing corporate cultures, incompatible computer systems and union contracts. Track conditions deteriorated (some of these conditions were inherited from the three merged railroads) and trains had to be run at reduced speeds. This meant delayed shipments and personnel working a lot of overtime. As a result, operating costs soared. Derailments and wrecks became frequent, particularly in the midwest.

The American financial system was shocked when after only two years of operations, the Penn Central Transportation company was put into bankruptcy on June 21, 1970. It was the largest corporate bankruptcy in American history at that time. Although the Penn Central Transportation Company was put into bankruptcy, its parent Penn Central Company was able to survive.

The Penn Central continued to operate freight service under bankruptcy court protection. After private-sector reorganization efforts failed, Congress nationalized the Penn Central under the terms of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976. The new law folded six northeastern railroads, the Penn Central and five smaller, failed lines, into the Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail. The act took effect on April 1, 1976.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Eastern Seaboard Models was founded in 1987. They are a manufacturer of N scale reproductions of North American eastern railroad prototypes. The have both decorated other manufacturers' models as well as designed body styles of their own. They are located at PO Box 301, Waldwick, New Jersey 07463-0301 U.S.A.

Their 2016 lineup includes ready-to-run gondolas, well cars, hoppers, tank cars and boxcars. They also produce craftsman quality kits in their "Made in America" series. ESM products may be purchased directly from their website.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-03-05 08:54:36

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