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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Thrall All Door Boxcar GBW #54 joins the fleet

Greetings Blog Followers,

The New York Central Train Layout has recently taken delivery of a second hand Life Like Thrall All Door Boxcar lettered Green Bay and Western RR with reporting number 54. The model is an older pre-Walthers Life Like model. Life Like originally introduced the All Door boxcars in 1975 but it appears the GBW was a later release as that car is not featured in the release ad.

The car came with the standard of the time talgo mounted X2F couplers and plastic wheels. The car also showed some wear and tear on the roof with several scratches but for an older car it was in pretty decent shape. The N.Y.C.T.L. shop added body mounted knuckle couplers, metal wheel sets, and additional weight. The car then hit the paint shop and had it's roof re-sprayed and got a shot or two of dullcote.

The prototype car was built by Thrall in the late 1960s through the 1970s and had 50'6" interior length. The car was specially built for the lumber industry to protect lumber loads but still offer easy loading and unloading. Some of the cars are still in service as of 2011;



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