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GN 40 foot stock car, single deck, Mineral Red
GN 40 foot stock car, single deck, Mineral Red

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HO kit with trucks and magnetic couplers.

This is a 40’ single deck stock car, GST S3, in Mineral Red paint, car number 55672. The model has fish belly underframe, which is correct. Car body is similar to GN series 55600-55748. B23 P54. Built date of 1923 is accurate for this car number. Stenciled paint date of 1954 is correct for Mineral Red. The real car of this number was converted to a stock car in 1955.

The model is very close to series 55750-56049, converted in 1955 and 1956, and to 56050-56248 converted in 1957

Great Northern’s 1960 and later 40-foot stock car fleet was cars converted from 40-foot boxcars between 1951 and 1960. As of January 1942, GN owned 1,888 nominal 36-foot long stock cars and the 60 40-foot long cars had a carrying capacity of only 60,000 pounds. The entire fleet was obsolete and nearing the end of their service life. Even before WW II, livestock traffic had proved to be particularly susceptible to truck competition due to relatively short hauls, and truck’s usually shorter transit times due to avoiding rail switching time and delay. Under the post-war circumstances, low-cost rebuilding of older cars was the obvious decision to support a declining traffic. Single deck cars were used to transport cattle hand horses, predominately cattle.

 

 

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