We originally revealed the 53' "Husky Stack" Well Car and 53' High-Cube Container in HO Scale back in June 2016 with some early samples and we'll be honest, it was rather overshadowed by the other Prime Movers model we announced at the same time, the GE Dash 8-40CM "Draper Taper". Sales were decent enough but with something of a capacity crunch in our factories last year there were always more important projects pushing ahead of it. Happily those issues are now behind us so it's time that we got serious and announced a firm order deadline for this model. The really good news is that this delay has allowed us to respond to customer feedback and upgrade the specification with NO CHANGE in the popular "wife-approved™" MSRP. We've taken this model out of the Prime Movers by Rapido range and given it etched metal walkways and factory-installed vertical handrail grabs. The container twin packs will now also feature individually numbered containers, so if you're a stickler for that sort of thing you don't have to change any numbers.
A quick recap then. The Rapido 53' well car is a single-unit double-stack design built at Trenton Works, Nova Scotia, between 2003-4. Nearly 4,000 of these Husky Stacks are operating across the USA and Canada with TTX Company (DTTX) and Canadian Pacific (CP) reporting marks and it's not unusual to find at least three or four 53' Husky Stacks in a train. The 53' high-cube container was constructed by Hyundai and is an insulated dry box design with riveted sheet/post sides and an optional heater box/fuel tank. These are among the most common containers in Canada, designed to protect cargo transported through the extreme cold of the winter, and can be found painted in the colorful schemes of Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and numerous transportation companies. Similar designs can also be found working across the USA.
We will be offering six numbers per paint scheme along with undecorated. Each well car will come with two 53' high cube containers randomly selected from the eight schemes outlined below. Our well car features a die-cast body with injection moulded end handrails and brake detail, plus combination plastic and etched metal running boards. The trucks are a new free-rolling 70-ton design with three springs visible. separate in-line brake shoes and 33" wheels designed to the same specification as our highly regarded 52'6" mill gondola. The car is factory-fitted with our metal Macdonald-Cartier knuckle couplers.
The 53' container introduces a new design never before offered in quality form in HO Scale. The insulated dry boxes are ubiquitous in Canadian intermodal trains operating for Canadian National, Canadian Pacific and a huge number of transportation companies! They are also seen throughout the US mid-West as far south as New Orleans. The models will also feature a heater box and fuel tank - dependent on paint scheme - with full printing. These heaters are designed to protect cargo transported through the extreme cold of the Canadian winter. We will be producing eight paint schemes in the first run, four Canadian and four classic US liveries, along with undecorated. As follows:
BNSF/Hub Group CN Intermodal (with train graphic) CN Worldwide CN We Deliver (latest scheme) Canadian Pacific (latest scheme) CSX Intermodal (boxcar) J.B. Hunt Schneider National Undecorated
This model features full razor-sharp printing of all livery elements. The 53' Husky-Stack and 53' High-Cube Container are priced: 53' Husky-Stack with two containers: $49.95 (US), $59.95 (Canada) 53' High-Cube Container (2-pack): $24.95 (US), $29.95 (Canada)
Please note: the minimum web order is $100 before tax and shipping.