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60' Double Door Box Car
Bx-166 Beer Car

Former BLMA Tooling!
Announced Feb. 2018



- The Prototype
We are proud to announce the Bx-166 boxcar, a 62’ double-door insulated boxcar that has been a hallmark in the logistics of beer distribution all throughout North America, and particularly in its service to breweries in the western United States. The Bx-166 is unique for its double- door configuration, distinguishing it from its fellow beer-hauling cousins. The defining characteristic on these cars, instantly separating them from the pack, are the diagonal braces on either side of the doors. No matter where you live or have railfanned in North America, chances are you’ve seen this car mixed into general merchandise freights - both individually or in cuts of several beer cars.

Custom-built by the ATSF in 1974, a total of 300 Bx-166 boxcars were built at the Santa Fe’s car shops in Topeka, KS. Measuring 61’ 6” in length (66’ ½” over strikers), this icon of beer transportation has proven invaluable to the Santa Fe and, later, BNSF. Boasting two 8’ insulated doors on each side, the Bx-166 provides a total of 16’ door opening width for crews to load and unload pallets and kegs of beer – one of the most delicious beverages known to man. Originally built with interior load dividers, the boxcars prominently feature a “Holland Load Snugger” sticker above the Plate C stencil.

With a much storied history, the Bx-166 was first unveiled in the Santa Fe’s famous “Indian Red” paint scheme, bearing a large white cross herald and “Shock Control” lettering. Later, the cars were repainted into a more minimalist scheme: plain mineral brown paint with a small Santa Fe herald affixed to the upper left corner of the car. Many cars in the fleet never received the small herald, and feature only the reporting marks and necessary dimensional data. These two schemes alone account for much of what the Bx-166 fleet looks like today. Given ongoing re-shopping, paint schemes became many and varied over the years. To date, the Bx-166 has been identified in 13 different paint schemes, ranging from the original “Shock Control” cars all the way to BNSF’s modern “Powerbar” logo.

Roughly 40 years in service and still going strong, many Bx-166 boxcars have now been relegated to non-beer service, such as the hauling of bundled corrugated and paper recyclables. Some cars have also been retired altogether, but a large number of these boxcars are still living up to their original mission: serving major breweries with pride. The Bx-166 remains a major beer hauler to date, and can be found at western breweries and beer distribution centers all across North America. All you have to do is keep an eye out for that double-door boxcar with its distinctive diagonal ribs on either side of the doors, and you’ve found yourself a Bx-166.

- The Models
This model started in our normal fashion - a whole lot of hard work, hours in 'the field', and a massive amount of data. Three dimensional engineering models were accurately designed from blueprints and field measurements. Furthermore, literally thousands of photographs have been analyzed to ensure our printing is extremely accurate, noting the variations among cars when possible.
- Features
• Ready-To-Run
• Injection-Molded Plastic
• Fine-Scale Detail
• Etched-Metal Brake Wheel Platforms
• Crisp Painting/Printing

Description Road # Image MSRP Our $ Part #
Undec. NA   $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 056
Santa Fe Late Q Logo 621498 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 057
621590 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 058
Santa Fe Berwind “J” Repaint 621344 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 059
621379 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 060
621427 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 061
621448 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 062
621511 $34.95 $27.96

ATL-50 004 063

621595 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 064
Santa Fe 24” Logo 621434 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 065
621476 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 066
621553 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 067
621585 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 068
621489 $34.95 $27.96

ATL-50 004 069

621578 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 070
621328 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 071
621389 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 072
621406 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 073
621596 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 074
621307 $34.95 $27.96

ATL-50 004 075

621349 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 076
Santa Fe Early Q Logo 621351 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 077
621515 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 078
Santa Fe Plain (No Logo) 621438 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 079
621588 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 080
Santa Fe Berwind “C” Repaint 621302 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 081
621365 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 082
621410 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 083
621469 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 084
621528 $34.95 $27.96

ATL-50 004 085

621574 $34.95 $27.96 ATL-50 004 086


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