Just like the prototype ExactRail’s Conrail Greenville 7100 Auto Parts Boxcar is sure to be hot!
Introduced in 1973, the Greenville 7100 Auto Parts Boxcar was built for auto parts service. Railroads contributed freight cars as a part of equipment pools, and these pools served the automobile manufacturing and supply facilities of automobile makers. The equipment pools were constituted in such a way that, once in a pool, one paint scheme was as likely to be seen as another, and some cars were hardly ever seen on home rails. For the majority of its service life, the Greenville 7100 Auto Parts Boxcars were assigned to the Ford Motor Plant in Lima, Ohio—as designated by the pool number 322. The Greenville 7100 Auto Part Boxcars were then distributed across service routes to facilities across the country that used components associated with these facilities.
Auto parts traffic was hot for the railroad. Not all automobile-manufacturing facilities inventoried parts. They were received from the railroads in “just in time” fashion, and timely schedules was necessary to keep assembly line fluid. As a result, a delay from the railroad could mean that the entire assembly line would halt for lack of parts. The jobs of switching these facilities were only extended to Sr. engineers of good record. As one engineer reported, cars would move in and out of the facilities in such a way as to sync with the demands of the assembly line. Switching the facility was an intricate dance with little tolerance for error.
About the Conrail Repaint Scheme:
The Penn Central Greenville 7100 Auto Parts Boxcars are long lived, and they served Conrail through the life of the railroad. Conrail repainted these cars in a paint scheme that featured the Conrail’s attractive can-opener logo.
THE GREENVILLE 7100 AUTO PARTS BOXCAR FEATURES:
- Precision designed and tooled in the United States!
- Kadee #58 couplers!
- ExactRail's CNC-machined wheels and metal axles!
- ExactRail's exclusive ASF 100-ton Ride Control trucks
- Etched-metal crossover walks
- Free-standing wire and separately applied details
- Accurate fonts, colors and lettering placement
- Razor sharp painting and printing