By Railroad Model Craftsman Staff
Tangent Scale Models has announced its first release of an all-new quad-door version of their Greenville 86’ High Cube Boxcars. This is the industry’s first “high-detail” 86’ quad door auto parts car system in HO scale. Available now for purchase. Cars will ship beginning February 11.
During the 1960s, the most radical freight car designs employed the extreme height clearances offered by Plate F car designs. In 1964, no car type articulated this extreme more than the 86-foot, purpose-built “Auto Parts” boxcars. They became fixtures on the rails all over North American mainlines, riding hot trains to deliver components vital to the productivity of auto plants. While several car builders offered 86’ auto parts boxcars, the most prolific builder was Greenville Steel Car Company of Greenville PA. Greenville produced their Quad Door design in the 1969-1970 period to meet the expanding needs of GM and Oldsmobile production facilities. Like the Double Door cars, these Quad Door cars were acquired by many railroads, and they were assigned to pools where cars from multiple railroads served a specific shipper.
The Chessie System (B&O) version of the Greenville 86′ Quad Plug Door Box Car.
The Tangent Scale Models Greenville 86′ Quad Plug Door Box Car System continues the design and operational standards set by their earlier Double Plug Door 86’ box car models. As expected, these quad-door cars are available in multiple configurations, including two different draft gear combinations, two underframe styles that incorporate Center-of-Car Cushioning and End-Of-Car Cushioning options, and multiple power brake options. The Tangent Greenville 86’ Quad Plug Door Box Car includes accurate all-new 70-Ton Barber S-2 “Birdsboro foundry” trucks with 33” wheels, and includes “spinning” roller bearing caps appropriate for each paint scheme. All cars are well-weighted and are equipped with genuine Kadee® scale couplers.
For this inaugural release of these quad-door Greenvilles, six new paint schemes along with two undecorated versions are offered as follows:
B&O Chessie “Repaint 1979+” (blue with yellow doors)
Conrail (CR) “X60GR Repaint 1976+ Large Logo”( brown)
Conrail “X60R Repaint 1988+” (small logo, brown)
Grand Trunk Western (GTW) “Delivery 12-1969″(blue with silver doors)
Southern (SOU) NS-era “BS-84 Claytor Repaint 1987+”(brown)
Union Pacific (SP) “Building America® Repaint 2011+” (brown)
Undecorated Version H: 1969-1970 End-of-Car Cushioning kit suitable for (B&O, DRGW, DTS, GTW, IC, NW, PC, PPGX, RI)
Undecorated Version I: 1970 Center-of-Car Cushioning kit (MP, SOU, SP)
Each RTR car is priced at $56.95 each, while undecorated kits are $48.95 each. Available Available now for purchase from your favorite dealer or direct. Cars will ship beginning February 11.
Tangent Scale Models, www.tangentscalemodels.com
The Grand Trunk Western version of the 86′ Quad Plug Door Box Car.