With the arrival of longer 45' and shortly afterwards 48' trailers and containers for domestic service in the 1990s, railroads quickly found themselves in need of cars to better handle both types of equipment and serve smaller terminals. Gunderson introduced a longer version of its popular 40' well cars, equipped with connectors for containers and hitches for trailers. The versatile design proved to be popular into the 1990s, and while their numbers are declining, older 48' cars that are still in good shape and years from retirement are in service today handling 20' and 40' containers in the wells and larger boxes on top.
Perfect for modern-era operations, features of Walthers Proto Gunderson As-Built 48' Well Cars include:
- Prototypes in service 1990s to present
- Carries containers & trailers from 20 to 48' in well Factory-installed trailer hitches at both ends
- Etched metal see-through walkways
- Heavy die-cast metal body for excellent tracking empty or loaded
- Factory-installed wire grab irons, brake gear & other details
- Ultra-smooth rolling metal axles & 33" wheelsets
- Proto MAX(TM) metal knuckle couplers
Coe Rail (CRLE) was an excursion and freight railroad that ran between West Bloomfield and Wixom, Michigan. In 2007 it was renamed the Michigan Air-Line Railway.
The Michigan Air–Line Railway (MAL) was a Class 3 short-line railroad in Oakland County, Michigan. It ran from West Bloomfield to Wixom, Michigan where it interchanged with the CSX. The headquarters and station are in Walled Lake, Michigan.
Predecessor: Grand Trunk Western Railroad