PC-90 Piggy-Packer 

(N scale)

New Batch!  (Pre-Orders were due on August 7th)  

Voted as the Best 2012 N-Scale Vehicle Year Award.


 

Get a look at our 35-ft SeaLand Containers, a perfect match for our Piggy-Packer

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.

PC-90 with front picks lifted to clear trailer or container.

Item Numbers, Descriptions, and Prices

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Pre-Order by Aug. 7th... ETA November 2012.)

Item # PC-90 Piggy-Packer (N-scale)
Price

Status: Limited in stock

70000

Yellow paint, no RR logo, "Strongman & Raygo Wagner" markings,
typical RR leased equipment, mid- to late PC-90 model 
(Paul Brezicki photo)

$59.99

 sold out

70002

Optional attachable container-only spreader

**Instructions for installing the container-only lift**

The original (more difficult way) and the easy way (forward to me by a fellow modeler).

1)  Snap off the current lift at the etched "chains".  Install lift by the new etched chains already attached on the container-only lift.
2)  The easy way:  Slide left and right "spreader" portion off the lift.  Slide left and right "spreader" portion of container-only lift on.

(Be sure to ACC [glue] a steel piece (metal from a "tin" can) on the inside "ceiling" of your container, so the magnets can hold it.)

I would do the easy way - and thanks to a fellow modeler making that suggestion to us!

$15.89
70003 BNSF "BNSF cross" logo, late model with bottom lift
$59.99 Sold Out
70020

Demo Red, "Raygo Wagner", late model with bottom lift

$59.99

sold out

70021 Boston & Maine, "Boston & Maine" spelled out, late model with bottom lift
$59.99

sold out

70023 CN Intermodal, logo, late model with bottom lift
$59.99 sold out
70024 Kansas City Southern, logo, "Raygo Wagner Strongman", late model with bottom lift
$59.99 Sold Out
70025 Norfolk Southern, NS logo, "Raygo Wagner Strongman", late model with bottom lift
$59.99 sold out
70026 Western Pacific Transport, logo, late model with bottom lift
$59.99 Sold Out
PWRS

BC Rail (exclusively commissioned for Pacific Western Rail System)












70001
Yellow paint, no RR logo, "Strongman & FWD Wagner" markings, typical RR leased equipment, early PC-90 model

Sold Out
70000m
Special for Erie Lackawanna fans!  Yellow paint, no RR logo, "Strongman & Raygo Wagner" markings, mid PC-90 model.  (Available only here)

Sold Out
70004 Burlington Northern "BN" logo,mid-late model with bottom lift  (Paul Brezicki collection)
$59.99 Sold Out
70005 Burlington Northern "BN PC-411" no logo, mid-late model with bottom lift (Paul Brezicki photo)
$59.99  Sold Out
70006 Chicago & Northwestern "C&NW" logo, mid- model with bottom lift
$59.99 Sold Out
70007 CSX/Seaboard System "Seaboard System RR" logo, mid-late model with bottom lift (Paul Brezicki photo)
$59.99 Sold Out
70008 Central RR of New Jersey "CNJ Statute of Liberty" logo, early model with bottom lift, no ladder on lift
$59.99 Sold Out
70009 Canadian Pacific "CP Ry", mid-late model with bottom lift
$59.99 Sold Out
70010 Milwaukee Road "The Milwaukee Motor Transportation Company", mid-late model with bottom lift
$59.99  Sold Out
70011 Missouri Pacific, "MP buzz saw" logo mid-late model with bottom lift
$59.99  Sold Out
70012 Penn Central "PC" logo, early model with bottom lift, no ladder on lift (1975 PC Post Magazine)
$59.99  Sold Out
70013 Norfolk & Western, "Norfolk and Western" early model with bottom lift
$59.99  Sold Out
70014 Pennsylvania Truck Lines (Penn terminal contractor for PRR, PC,Conrail), mid-late model with bottom lift, (Paul Brezicki photo collection)
$59.99  Sold Out
70015 Rock Island "Ri" shield, early model with bottom lift, no ladder on lift (photo: M.Young collection)
$59.99  Sold Out
70016 Southern Pacific "SP Sunset" & "Southern Pacific Transportation Company", mid-late model with bottom lift, no ladder on lift (SP photo M.Young collection)
$59.99  Sold Out
70017 St. Louis Southwestern (SSW) "Cotton Belt", mid-late model with bottom lift (SP photo M.Young collection)
$59.99  Sold Out
70018 Union Pacifc "UP small shield", white painted tires, no Strongman logo, mid-late model with bottom lift  (UP photo M.Young collection)

$59.99  Sold Out
70019 Union Pacifc "UP large shield", no strongman logo, mid-late model with bottom lift
$59.99 Sold Out

 

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Burlington Northern PC-90 Piggy-Packer at Portland (Paul Brezicki photo collection)

The Machine

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)

(Paul Brezicki photo

  • 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.)

(Paul Brezicki photo collection)

  • 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
  • RF&P
  • Soo Line
  • Southern Pacific (below, loading a Seatrain container;  SP also had FWD Wagner PC-90 see "home page" but w/o RR logos.)

(Matthew Young photo collection)

  • 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