From the 1940s to the 80s and beyond these WalthersProto 53' AAR Flatcars are a must-have for transition-era freight service. On the eve of WWII, the government asked the Association of American Railroads (AAR) to review contemporary freight cars, and designate some standard designs that could be built quickly for use by any railroad. Among these was a 50-ton capacity flat based on the Union Pacific F-50-11 class introduced in 1941. The 53'6" long cars featured a riveted steel underframe, an overhanging wood deck supported by steel angles and 15 pressed steel stake pockets along each side. Tough and durable, flats of this type were built well into the 1950s, with many later converted for piggyback service or fitted with bulkheads and other load restraints for special duty. Some remained in revenue service into the 1980s, and a few can be found in maintenance-of-way fleets today.
- Fully assembled and superbly detailed, each HO Scale WalthersProto 53' AAR Flatcar features:
- Limited edition - one time run of these roadnumbers!
- Prototypes in revenue service 1940s to 1980s
- Great for moving lumber, pipe, steel, machinery & other Kinds of cargo
- New roadnumbers
- Realistic deck with full bolt details
- Correct weight for optimum operation
- Full brake rigging & underbody details
- Ultra-smooth rolling metal axles & 33" wheelsets
- Proto MAX(TM) metal knuckle couplers