70-ton 53'-6" Welded Fish Belly Flatcars

(N scale)

 

Reserve by November 21, 2014

 

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Since the post war period in U.S., there was a remarkable housing boom especially in Southern California. Getting lumber from the lumber mills in the Pacific Northwest* to the lumber yards across the nation became a little bit of a challenge due to a shortage of usable equipment. Solid trains of lumber and large cuts of lumber-carrying flat cars were the norm.  A common sight in the west were witnessing solid Southern Pacific (SP) trains of lumber crawling up the Tehachapi grade at a snails pace with engines whining at run 8 - or just empty strings of flat cars returning from southern California winding through the mountain passes on their way back to the Willamette Valley. These solid empty trains were designated by SP as 'XMUG' for the abbreviation for Empty Eugene (Eugene, OR). Further, solid cuts of lumber cars from the Willamette Valley headed east with SP partner roads like Northern Pacific - Great Northern - Burlington Northern and Union Pacific to name a few.

The Prototypes - 
  • The Southern Pacific Equipment Co. in 1953 and 1954 build over 1000 70-ton all-welded fish-belly flatcars for SP based on their previous successful riveted 70-ton flat car design.**  They were classified as F-70-10.  We will bring you both the original as-built car numbers as well when SP renumbered their fleet sometime in the late '50's.  A decade later, Gunderson Brothers Engineering Corp. (GBEC) build over 1100 cars of similar design as SP class F-70-12. In 1964, SP purchased another 400 cars from Gunderson with "stepped" bulkheads as class F-70-26. These bulkhead flats were the first in the series to have bulkheads originally installed by the builder and not retrofitted later.  They were built to carry plaster board needed in housing construction, but were also used widely in carrying lumber.
  • The Alaska Railroad (ARR) also ordered copies of "SP" Gunderson cars for loads such as: ocean cargo containers, vehicles & tractors, military equipment and log & lumber loads. The ARR purchased both the standard flat as well as the "stepped" bulkhead flat cars for their operations.  Wheels of Time will bring you these ARR cars too.
  • Other similar designed 53'-5" welded fish-belly steel flats were used by other roads including those build Pullman-Standard and Bethlehem Steel. We will bring you these cars as well.
The Models -
Since we are modelers ourselves, we really want to bring you the very best historically authentic cars that you would enjoy having in your collection. 
Some features include:   Realistic design adhering to the prototypes.  Proper prototype ride height.  Multiple car numbers with sharp lettering.
Lumber loads - appropriate for the 1950s era railroading, and ones good for the 1960s until now. 
Perfect accessories for you to add to your fleet to make your flatcars come alive and put those locos to work.
Wheels of Time is excited to bring you these classic prototypes that plied the rails.
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* Other timber growing regions in California  - provided trainloads of lumber from the mills in the Sierra Nevada mountain ranges and along north coast of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad line.
**The 1953-4 cars had metal plates over the bolster area of the deck while all later cars did not.
Item # N-scale lumber loads! Price

Status

 

999200

N -scale lumber loads for Wheels of Time 53'-6" bulkhead flat cars; also will fit a 50-ft flat car. Load is 3.62" long, ~ 1 oz. urethane resin.

$11.99

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Item #

Southern Pacific F-70-26 Bulkhead Flatcar, SP freight car red;
Gunderson Brothers Engineering Co. 1964  10x numbers

 

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50000 SP 508003 $22.95 sold out
50001 SP 508009 $22.95 sold out
50002 SP 508096 $22.95 sold out
50003 SP 508132 $22.95 sold out
50004 SP 508140 $22.95 sold out
50005 SP 508154 $22.95 sold out
50006 SP 508155 $22.95 sold out
50007 SP 508301 $22.95 sold out
50008 SP 508303 $22.95 sold out
50009 SP 508384 $22.95 sold out
50010 All 10 cars $229.50 sold Out

 

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Southern Pacific F-70-26 Bulkhead Flatcar, ACI + lube labels, brown; Gunderson Brothers Engineering Co. 1964  10x numbers

 

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50011 SP 508029 $22.95 sol out
50012 SP 508048 $22.95 sold out
50013 SP 508070 $22.95 sold out
50014 SP 508102 $22.95 sold out
50015 SP 508151 $22.95 sold out
50016 SP 508167 $22.95 sold out
50017 SP 508203 $22.95 sold out
50018 SP 508285 $22.95 sold out
50019 SP 508391 $22.95 sold out
50020 SP 508399 $22.95 sold out
50021 All 10 cars $229.50 sold out

 

Item # Alaska Railroad Bulkhead Flatcar, Gunderson Brothers Engineering Co. 1964  8x car numbers
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50022 AAR 12400 $22.95 Sold Out
50023 AAR 12402 $22.95 Sold Out
50024 AAR 12403 $22.95
50025 AAR 12408 $22.95
50026 AAR 12410 $22.95
50027 AAR 12419 $22.95
50028 AAR 12421 $22.95
50029 AAR 12422 $22.95
50030 All 8 cars 183.60 sold out

 

Item # Alaska Railroad Bulkhead Flatcar, restenciled + lube labels, Gunderson Brothers Engineering Co. 1964  8x car numbers
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50031 AAR 12401 $22.95 sold out
50032 AAR 12407 $22.95 sold out
50033 AAR 12412 $22.95
50034 AAR 12415 $22.95 sold out
50035 AAR 12416 $22.95 sold out
50036 AAR 12417 $22.95 sold out
50037 AAR 12420 $22.95
50038 AAR 12423 $22.95
50039 All 8 cars $183.60 Sold Out

 

Item # Southern Pacific F-70-16 Standard Deck Flatcar, "Hydra-Cushion", SP Equipment Co. Built May 1960, carrying oversize fragile freight   1x number
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50040 SP 598300 $22.95 sold out