Rapido HO B-100-40 Box Car, Amtrak
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Phase IV - As operated from 1997 to 2004
Introducing the all new Rapido HO scale Pacific Car and Foundry B-100-40 boxcar! With 250 cars delivered exclusively to the Southern Pacific in 1976, these featured a 5195-cu ft capacity, full Hydra-Cushion underframe, 12' doors, Car Pac loaders and the iconic half-height waffle sides. Used across the SP system, these utilitarian boxcars could be seen throughout the USA as well as Canada. Most of the series are still in service today, many for SP successor Union Pacific and others in short line service. In addition, several cars from this series were purchased from the SP by Amtrak in the mid 1990s for use in express service on most trains across the system. These cars had some minor modifications including the large wheel door handle, brackets for the end of train device and struts added to the trucks for extra stability at higher speeds. We will be including these features as well as appropriate.
As a follow up to the B-100-40, SP ordered an extra 100 cars in the B-100-43 series in 1978 which used the same design patterns. These differed with a Keystone underframe and some other small details.
Separately applied metal grab irons
Scale sized draft gear with a detailed Hydra-Cushion underframe
Full underbody brake rigging
Genuine Kadee #158 Whisker couplers
Newly tooled trucks with turned metal 36" wheels
Separate door rods and door tracks
Road number specific number patches
Separately applied coupler cut levers