HO Scale: GBEC F-70-43 Flatcar - Southern Pacific

Wheels of Time

SKU Road Number Price Qty
WOT-40141 580599 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40142 580600 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40143 580614 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40132 580505 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40133 580523 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40134 580530 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40135 580538 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40136 580551 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40137 580552 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40138 580586 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40139 580588 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40140 580594 $ 42.99 Sold Out
WOT-40144 580505•580523•580530 $ 126.99 Sold Out
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Wheels of Time HO Scale: GBEC F-70-43 Flatcars - Southern Pacific


Developed at the request by S.P. shippers wishing for a 57 feet of clear space on bulkhead flats to allow full utilization of 70 ton capacity before it "cube" out. S.P. paid Gunderson (GBEC) $12,186 each for bulkhead equipped flats and $10,000 for plain flat cars. It took 10 gallons of Sherwin-Williams "Metal to Metal" Freight Car paint per car. Bulkhead flat cars were routinely pressed into lumber service even though they were intended for plasterboard service. Delivered in 3/66, 4/66, 5/66 as 125 plain decks and 125 bulkhead-equipped flats . Still in service as UP MOW cars in ex-Golden West Service blue.

Since the post war period in U.S., there was a remarkable housing boom especially in Southern California. Getting lumber from the lumber mills in the Pacific Northwest to the lumber yards across the nation became a little bit of a challenge due to a shortage of usable equipment. Solid trains of lumber cars were the norm. A common sight in the west were witnessing solid SP trains of lumber crawling up the Tehachapi grade at a snails pace with engines whining at run 8 or just empty strings of flat cars returning from winding through the mountain passes on their way back to the Willamette Valley. These solid empty trains of flat cars were designated by SP as 'XMUG' (Empty Eugene, OR). Further, solid cuts of lumber cars from the Willamette Valley headed east over connecting roads.

Product Details

Precise tooling and details. Stand-off grab irons, and ladders, coupler lift bars, brake hoses, metal wheels, fine printing, smooth rolling, multiple car numbers all for your XMUG lumber trains. The wood planking on the bulkhead will be removable!

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