use of shipping containers during the 1970s led to new designs of
railway cars for carrying them. The standard cars used at the time
were full plate-deck 85 and 89 flat cars with 70-ton trucks. However,
each 20-foot international shipping container of the era could gross
some 25 tons thus a flat car carrying four at maximum gross would
be 100 tons. In an effort to address this weight issue, new flat
cars with open decks and 100 ton trucks were placed in service and
eventually used for a new railroad commodity trash containers.
85 model follows the open-deck flat design commonly seen in trash
trains around the United States. The model also follows the prototypes
used in international container service.
- Open deck
- True scale
dimensions with accurate details
trucks equipped with free-rolling metal wheels
painting and printing