ExactRail is excited to announce the new GSI 53'-6" Bulkhead Flat Car in HO Scale.
Building off the success of our popular GSC 53'-6" Flat Cars. ExactRail is proud to introduce you to the newest member of the family, the GSI 53'-6" Bulkhead Flat Car.
Looks can be deceiving, on the outside this car looks similar to the run of flat cars we produced in the past, however as far as the bodies go, about the only thing reused is the center sill. New tooling for the sides, ends and decks were made to accommodate the bulkhead ends and to match the prototype. The 8'-6" bulkheads, like on the prototype, drop down into the body of the car to create a strong union.
The cars come with either 42' or 43'-3" truck centers, high or low brake wheels as well as different grab iron configurations.
Chicago, Burlington & Quincy - '1967 As-Delivered': The CB&Q took delivery of 50 bulkhead flat cars from GSI in 1967, numbered 95200-95249. This initial delivery included a return stencil to a U.S. Gypsum facility in Sperry, IA. These cars had a 42' truck center arrangement with a low mounted brake wheel on 8'-6" high bulkheads. Will be available in 9 road numbers.
Burlington Northern - '1975 Repaint': The Burlington Northern amassed a large collection of GSI built bulkhead flat cars from many of their predecessor roads. While many of these cars lasted until their death in the as-delivered paint many were repainted by the BN. Soon to be available in 18 road numbers with 42' truck centers, 8'-6" bulkheads and low mounted brake wheel.
Rock Island - '1966 As-Delivered': Initially the Rock Island built their own bulkhead flat cars, but during the mid 1960s GSI began to fulfill this need. We have recreated an example of a 50 car delivery from 1966 (91825-91874). These cars had 42' truck centers, 8'-6" high bulkheads and a high mounted brake wheel. Will be available in 6 road numbers.
Chicago Great Western - '1974 Repaint': This small group of 10 cars (3011-3020) were painted in a attractive CNW style paint scheme. While this car looks similar to the other cars in this release with the 8'-6" bulkheads, it has a completely different body that has 43'-3" truck centers.