Walthers Gold Line 89' FlushDeck Flat Car RTTX 40316

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  • Item Category: Toys, Dolls, Games & Puzzles
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 15, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House
Brand New Ready to run RTTX - for 45' Trailers, Sold Separately Walthers Part #6, p. 183 Walthers 2009 HO Scale Reference HO scale, $34.98 Intermodal Favorites for HO Freights * All-New Tooling * Underbody Detail * Great for Intermodal Consists * Fully Assembled * Metal RP-25 Wheels * Working Knuckle Couplers * Modeler Installed Grab Irons * ACF & P-S Style Hitches Included The introduction of the 89' flat car in 1960 opened the door for a new generation of piggyback service. Equipped with a pair of collapsible hitches, these big cars could easily handle the older 35' and/or the newer 40' trailers. The universal hitches also eliminated the need for complex tie-downs, allowing trains to be loaded faster. Bridge plates were attached at each end for the standard circus-style ramps (the work was similar to the way circus wagons were loaded on flat cars years before) favored by most railroads. Within a few years, railroads began using special cranes to load trailers, eliminating the need for the deep channel side sills that had served as rub rails to keep trailers from being shoved over the sides, but also limited the width of equipment that could be carried. In the mid 60s, new cars were introduced with flush decks, which simplified trailer loading, and also made it possible to fit special equipment on board. The 1980s marked a turning ... read more