New Batch! (Pre-Orders were due on August 7th)
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Wheels of Time is pleased to announce a second batch of our popular Piggy-Packer. The Wheels of Time PC-90 Piggy-Packer is a highly detailed and historically accurate model based on the FWD Wagner / Raygo Wagner PC-90. It’s perfect for your intermodal scene from 1968 to the present, fully decorated and ready to add to your model railroad layout or diorama. Read a brief history of this interesting machine on the Wheels of Time blog.
Download the Piggy-Packer Product Details & Item Numbers Brochure (PDF), or scroll down for an item list.
Features & Options
- boom can be raised and lowered (and holds position)
- bottom pick is adjustable and can hold a trailer
- Neodymium magnet on lift to allow corresponding trailer or container with steel inside to hold in place
- Front bottom pick rotates upward like the real thing (see image below)
- optional container-only spreader
- catwalk on front right side (for Raygo Wagner models)
- rubber tires
- decorated according to the prototype railroads.
(Some Piggy-Packers had ‘Strongman’ logo on the flank, and some had railroad logos, while others had both.)
Read more about the PC-90 below.
Item Numbers, Descriptions, and Prices
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Pre-Order by Aug. 7th... ETA November 2012.)
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The PC-90 is a big machine. The front tires alone stand seven feet tall. The operator sits over 13 feet off the ground with an excellent view of the loading and unloading operation. Hydraulically operated boom and lift mechanisms make this machine very durable and robust. The Piggy-Packer typically loads an average of 12 trailers or containers per hour on to piggyback flat cars.# They come equipped with a spreader and bottom pick that handle both trailers and containers. In top-pick mode, they're able to stack containers three-high. The PC-90s could optionally be equipped with a spreader for lifting containers only.
The PC-90 is powered by a Cummins NH-855C-250 6-cylinder diesel engine located under the operator’s cab. The Cummins engines have a four-speed transmission designed for maximum torque. They have a maximum rating of 250 HP at 2100 RPM. The PC-90 weighs over 80 tons and has a maximum speed of 27 mph ... not exactly swift.
(# Source of loading rates: BN Environmental Report; 58 trailers/hr and a little slower for containers 40 to 50/hr from Scott Mikeal of NS Corp.)
The PC-90 Piggy-Packers Railroad List
The following railroads deployed the PC-90 with many roads using them at multiple locations. This is not an exhaustive list, but it gives an idea of the popularity of the model.
- Boston & Maine
- BNSF / Burlington Northern (BN) / Great Northern (see image above-right: loading up in Portland)
- Chicago & North Western
- CSX / Seaboard System Railroad (SCL/L&N) (below, in Charlotte, NC)
- Central of New Jersey
- Canadian Pacific
- Delaware & Hudson (ex. LV)
- Denver Rio Grande & Western
- Erie Lackawanna (below, loading trailers in Chicago; EL units don't have the right front catwalk over the right front tire. No RR logos. Use late model and remove catwalk.)
- Florida East Coast
- Milwaukee Road
- New York Central / Penn Central / Conrail (Conrail units are late models & don't have Conrail logos.)
- Norfolk & Western / NS
- Pennsylvania Truck Lines (Penn terminal contractor for PRR beginning in 1960, PC and later CR)
- Rock Island
- Soo Line
- Southern Pacific (below, loading a Seatrain container; SP also had FWD Wagner PC-90 see "home page" but w/o RR logos.)
- SSW (Cotton Belt)
- Union Pacific.
- Wisconsin Central Ltd.
The Western Pacific and Norfolk & Western used the PC-80. Missouri Pacific had CH-70 at their new container facility in New Orleans. In addition to the PC-90, Soo Line had a CH-50 at Chicago while C&NW had an early version of the refined Piggy-Packer design, the P-80.
Be sure to read the history of the PC-90 in the blog