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GN 50 foot boxcar B5 plug door, BSB
GN 50 foot boxcar B5 plug door, BSB

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HO scale kit with trucks and magnetic couplers.

This is a 50’ steel boxcar with one plug door, GST B5, in BSB paint with the associated big goat herald, car number 36925. Body is not an accurate match for any GN series. The model has an 8’ door but the prototype had a 9’ door.  The model has riveted sides but the prototype had welded sides. B64 P69. The actual car of this number was built by ACF in 1964 and had a carrying capacity of 154,000 pounds.

In addition to automobiles, 50-foot long cars were used to haul lumber, plywood, wood pulp and paper.

Great Northern acquired its first 70-ton capacity 50-foot long cars in 1960. The increased tonnage capacity enabled railroads to offer lower rates per ton to meet truck competition while maintaining, or even increasing, revenue per car. Since most railroad costs vary on a per car basis, this preserved, or even enhanced, the contribution margin per carload on the traffic shifted from 50-ton to 70-ton cars.

Plug doors were introduced in the early 1950s. They provided a smooth inside wall from end to end.


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