Athearn ATH6775 50' Berwick Box, RBOX #2092, N Scale

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Detailed Information


MODEL FEATURES:

  • Fully-assembled and ready-to-run out of the box
  • Packed in a jewel box for great display and storage opportunities
  • Razor sharp painting and printing
  • Screw mounted trucks for accurate tracking
  • McHenry knuckle spring couplers installed
  • Operates on Code 55 and 80 rail
  • Minimum radius: 9 3/4


PROTOTYPE AND BACKGROUND INFO:


The late 1970s were marked by a supposed shortage of modern useable box cars in
the railroad industry. Several rail industry groups argued for and got the
Interstate Commerce Commission to approve the concept of incentive per diem box
cars. The concept was to establish new, higher per diem rates for modern box
cars as an incentive for railroads to invest in new box cars. Under the ICC car
routing rules in effect at the time, cars owned by operating companies were
supposed to be routed back to their owning road as soon as possible or the host
road would have to pay demurrage(car storage and handling) charges. This was the
cause of a shortage of available cars and not an actual shortage of box cars
numerically. As empty cars were required to be routed back to their home
railroad instead of being loaded and routed to another destination. Very few
small railroads had the available capital to invest in new cars. However,
several leasing companies were created to provide the necessary capital for new
cars. A typical arrangement between one of these leasing companies and a
railroad was that the leasing company would own the cars and lease them to the
railroad; the railroad would pay a base lease rate to the leasing company for
each car, and a portion of per diem revenue earned by the railroad would also be
turned over to the leasing company. Many smaller railroad companies found it
economical to have interchange freight equipment for the first time in their
histories under these arrangements. Lumber roads were especially pleased with
these arrangements, as they allowed the railroads to provide decent, modern
freight cars for their lumber shippers that also happened to produce some
additional income while not on home rails.


The box car boom eventually went bust, as the incentive per diem concept was
found to be illegal and abolished. With lower per diem rates and a generally
lackluster economy, many of the new box cars added to the nations rail fleet
during the mid- to late 1970s were no longer needed. The end result was that
many basically brand new box cars were returned to their home roads for storage.


Today box cars still matter to the railroads. Even with modern containerization,
box cars have a higher capacity then allowable on US roads. We are finding
today, that 1970s box cars are being rebuilt and put into service for various
leasing outfits.

Specifications

PROTOTYPE MANUFACTURER:
Berwick
COUPLER STYLE:
McHenry Scale Knuckle
ERA:
1980+
Minimum Age Recommendation:
14 years
Is Assembly Required:
No

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