MTH 35-74014 Stl Boxcar UP #181679

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This is MTH 35-74014 Stl Boxcar UP #181679. Rebuilt steel box car, Union Pacific. Car number: 181679. During and after World War I, American railroads took delivery of tens of thousands of boxcars built to USRA designs: single or double-sheathed wooden sides, wooden doors, and steel ends, roofs and underframes. By the late 1920s, however, all-steel cars had become the norm, although new car construction slowed to a crawl during the Depression.

A cheaper alternative was rebuilding older USRA cars, replacing the wooden sides and doors with steel and re-using the existing underframe, ends, and/or roofs. Brake systems were also upgraded, from the earlier K-brake to the more modern AB brake system. As World War II loomed and traffic began to pick up, railroads upgraded thousands of USRA boxcars to all-steel construction, usually doing the work in their own shops. Rebuilding programs continued through and after the war, and steel rebuilt cars were a common sight into the late 1950s, with many serving into the following decade.

While rebuilt car details often differed from railroad to railroad, a spotting feature common to most of the cars was the sill brackets added to the existing underframe side sills — a feature replicated on these M.T.H. models. These sill brackets supported new steel sides that were spaced father apart than the old wooden sides, making a wider car with greater carrying capacity.

Its key features are:
Intricately detailed durable ABS body
Metal wheels and axles
Decorative brake wheels
Separate metal handrails
Die-cast 4-wheel trucks
Fast-angle wheel sets
Needle-point axles
American Flyer compatible coupler
S scale Kadee compatible coupler mounting pads
Sliding car doors
1:64 scale dimensions
Unit measures: 8 13/16'' x 1 7/8'' x 2 9/16''
Operates on 20'' radius curves

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

Manufacturer: MTH
Model Number: 35-74014
MSRP: $59.95

Scale/Era: S Modern
Model Type: Freight Cars

The Trainz SKU for this item is P11986233.

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