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AZL July 2018 New Items Part 1
« on: July 01, 2018, 08:34:59 PM »
July 2018 New Release – Part 1

GE P42 Genesis – Amtrak® Phase III Heritage

63509-1 Amtrak® GE P42 Genesis 145 Phase III Heritage

This is the 3rd release of Amtrak’s 40th anniversary Genesis P42 Heritage series! It represents the Amtrak phase 2 heritage scheme.

Amtrak® Licensed Products. Amtrak® is a registered service mark of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

NEW BODY STYLE – 1937 40’ AAR Boxcars!

American Z Line is excited to announce are 1937 AAR boxcars! Our second release is for the Louisville & Nashville. The cars have ‘The Old Reliable’ printed on one side and ‘Dixie Line’ printed on the reverse side.

A runner pack, two-pack and single car is being released.

904307-1 L&N 1937 40´ AAR Box Car 90243 Single

904377-1 L&N 1937 40´ AAR Box Car 90004, 90015 Two-pack

914307-1 L&N 1937 40´ AAR Box Car 90002, 90007, 90233, 90240 Set

1930s and 1940s 40´ Steel Box Cars:
Even if A.R.A and later A.A.R. tried to standardize the design one can find hundreds of different combinations. Very few manufacturers offered all the parts needed to make a complete box car, hence sub suppliers furnished; roofs, doors, ends, running boards, ladders, hatches and trucks to name a few.

This is a brand new release and represent the standard 1937 AAR 40´ Box Car. It is offered with Murphy raised panel roof, both Youngstown and Superior doors and the most common 4-5 Dreadnaught ends. AZL also offer the correct choice of wooden and etched steel Running Boards. This enables AZL to offer a very prototypical Box Car.

Some small notes on freight cars in general. Trucks used to be bolted together and that was outlawed by A.R.A. / A.A.R. for good reasons. A maintenance nightmare since they could come apart. Replaced by solid frame trucks they also saw a change as A.A.R. made roller bearings mandatory in the early 1950s.

Other developmental changes effected the running boards. They were probably all wooden to start with. Wood was more slippery than steel, so wood was banned in 1944. In the 1950s running boards and side ladders were outlawed as well. That is why the 1930´s Box Cars lived long with updates through their operational lives. By 1970 these Box Cars could not be found on Class 1 railroads any longer.

See the American Z Line sites for more information on these and other AZL products.

Rob Kluz
Ztrack Distribution
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