MTH 30-75412 O Reading Ore Car #856

MTH 30-75412 O Reading Ore Car #856

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This is MTH 30-75412 Ore Car Reading. Car number: 856. Why are ore cars so short? Because the iron ore they carry is considerably heavier than typical hopper loads like coal, so a short car of ore fills the load capacity of its trucks. Ore cars, also called “jennies, were and still are a common sight in the Iron Range region of Minnesota and nearby states, where they shuttle between mines and Great Lakes ports. On the receiving end, jennies travel between ore docks and steel mills in a number of states. While they’re commonly associated with upper Midwestern ore-hauling roads, ore cars have in fact been rostered by nearly 50 North American railroads, and at least a dozen have owned significant numbers of jennies.
Until World War II, ore cars generally carried “direct shipping ore: ore that was rich enough in iron (60% or more) that it could be shipped direct to steel mills as a raw material. By the end of the war, however, the richer ore deposits had largely played out. Lower-grade taconite, once considered a waste product of mining, became the raw material of choice. Rather than being shipped as raw ore, taconite is refined and rolled into small pellets containing about 65% iron. So for more than half a century, the main payload of ore jennies has been taconite pellets, as well as occasional loads of sand or gravel.

High quality, traditionally sized RailKing Freight Cars provide detailed bodies and colorful paint schemes for the O Gauge railroader. MTH makes an enormous variety of RailKing Freight Cars, including many different car types and roadnames. No matter what era or part of the country you are modeling, RailKing is sure to have something for you.

Its key features are:
Intricately detailed durable ABS body
Metal wheels and axles
Die-cast 4-wheel trucks
Operating die-cast metal couplers
Colorful, attractive paint schemes
Decorative brake wheels
Separate metal handrails
Fast-angle wheel sets
Needle-point axles
Unit measures: 11 1/2 x 2 3/8 x 2 5/16
Operates on O-27 curves

Condition: Factory New (C-9)
Operational Status: Functional
Original Box: Yes (P-9)

Manufacturer: MTH
Model Number: 30-75412

Scale/Era: O Modern
Model Type: Freight Cars


The Trainz SKU for this item is P11957301.

Trainz Product Id: 11957301
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