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Brand Roundhouse
Stock Number 85600
Original Retail Price $11.98
Manufacturer MDC Roundhouse
Body Style MDC Passenger Car 34 Foot Overton Baggage
Prototype Passenger Car, Early. Overton (Details)
Road or Company Name Wells Fargo Company (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 7
Paint Color(s) Dark green with a black roof
Release Date 2000-08-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Early
Model Subtype Overton
Model Variety 34 Foot Baggage Car
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era I: Early Steam (1835 - 1900)
Scale 1/160

Specific Item Information: Initially shipped to dealers as part of twelve car assortment number 981.

Prototype History:
The Sierra Railway contracted with the Overton company to produce combine and coach sets used only on the Angels Camp branch where the short switchback tails limited the car length. 2-3 sets of the cars were built, in the early 1900s. Overton passenger cars are short, open platform, truss-rod cars with clerestory windows. It was natural to design the clerestory over the passenger compartment only, without continuing it over the end platforms, as there was no need for light and ventilation on the open platforms; however, it was soon found to be easier to build a full length clerestory without a complex joint at the ends. The clerestory actually weakened the structure of the car, as well as adding top-weight and cost. As far as we can tell, 'Overton' has become a sort-of generic term for early passenger cars with the above features.

Road Name History:
Wells Fargo Rail is the new name for the historic First Union Rail Corporation, along with the combined business of the former GE Capital Rail Services, which Wells Fargo purchased from GE in September 2015. The new company/name took effect January 1, 2016, and is based in Rosemont, Illinois, USA. Wells Fargo Rail is the largest railcar and locomotive leasing company in North America with over 175,000 railcars and 1,800 locomotives available.
Wells Fargo & Company is an American international banking and financial services holding company headquartered in San Francisco, California.
The company was founded in 1852 by Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the two founders of American Express, to provide express and banking services to California.

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Brand/Importer Information:
MDC Roundhouse was founded in California and relocated to Reno Nevada due to statewide restrictions on painting. MDC Roundhouse was a producer of both RTR (Ready-to-Run) and kit versions of N Scale rolling stock as well as RTR locomotives. MDC Roundhouse was purchased by Horizon Hobbies in June of 2004 and merged into their Athearn line.

Unlike many of their contemporaries which contracted with European firms to produce their products, MDC made their own toolings. They made several popular body styles and produced them for road names that many other vendors (even Micro-Trains) wouldn't touch. This made them popular with modelers. Also, their un-assembled "kits" permitted a lower price point so they were popular with "runners" as well as "modelers".

Of particular interest was the attention given to modern 50 foot steel boxcars. They made some attempt to accurately mold the differences into distinct models to represent each of the major prototype manufacturers products. They have distinct toolings not only for the different products from FMC, BFF and PS, but also multiple models for each of these manufacturers including "standard" vs "Youngstown" doors and "waffle" vs. "rib" sides. In total they produced 13 different versions of the 50 foot steel boxcar.

Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-02 03:25:58. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-19 07:36:33

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