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Walthers 933-1687 HO Scale Flexi-Van 40' Trailer Only, Kit, Southern
Walthers 933-1687 HO Scale Flexi-Van 40' Trailer Only, Kit, Southern
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As trailer-on-flat-car (TOFC) service evolved in the late 50s, many roads began trying to cut costs, opening the door to new ideas. Among these was the Flexi Van system, first tested by the New York Central in 1957. Designed to speed loading and unloading, the system used special cars fitted with turntables and 36' trailers with removable wheel assemblies (bogie). As 40' was rapidly becoming the standard length for highway trailers, later cars carried a 36 and a 40' unit; cars built from 1961 to 1968 carried two 40' units. Although intended for most types of freight, the system eventually proved quite popular for handling mail and the cars (which can be modeled with Walthers #932-3920 series Flexi-Van Flat Cars, sold separately) were also run in passenger service. While it was successful, there were limits. Specially equipped tractors were needed for loading, and the removable bogies had to be kept ready anywhere units were off-loaded. The rapid rise of containers and the acceptance of industry-wide methods for moving trailers on flat cars soon pushed Flexi Van cars into the pages of history, but existing trailers were simply used as standard TOFC equipment with the bogies locked in place.
Walthers 933-1901 48' Stoughton Semi-Trailer, Xtra - Model Train Kit
Walthers 933-1901 48' Stoughton Semi-Trailer, Xtra - Model Train Kit
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Walthers 933-1856 40' Reefer Container - Assembled, APL
Walthers 933-1856 40' Reefer Container - Assembled, APL
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Walthers 933-2157 1970s-Era 40' Smooth-Side Container
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Walthers 933-2154 1970s-Era 40' Smooth-Side Container, United States Lines
Walthers 933-2154 1970s-Era 40' Smooth-Side Container, United States Lines
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Athearn 27927 HO Scale RTR 20' & 40' Containers, Safmarine
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Atlas 20001304 HO Scale 40' Standard-Height Container,Evergreen (EMCU) Set #1
Atlas 20001304 HO Scale 40' Standard-Height Container,Evergreen (EMCU) Set #1 (3-Pack)
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Atlas 20001308 HO Scale 40' Standard-Height Container,Uniglory Set #1
Atlas 20001308 HO Scale 40' Standard-Height Container,Uniglory Set #1 (3-Pack)
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Walthers 933-1708 40' High Cube Container, Cast
Walthers 933-1708 40' High Cube Container,Cast
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