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4881: Flat Cars

Prototype Information

Roco's model is generic enough to pass for any number of 42-foot fishbelly flatcars. The prototypes were most often found on quarry railroads hauling big blocks of stone, or at steel mills moving iron ingots. They weren't seen out on the mainlines as often as their longer brethren, which were frequently carrying tractors, tanks and other equipment.

Model Information

  • 4881 United States Army
  • 4881/210 Union Pacific
  • 4881/220 Santa Fe
  • 4881/300 Great Northern
  • 4881/340 Western Maryland
  • 4881/350 Norfolk & Western

Note: Flat cars that came in train sets or cardboard boxes do not have brake wheels. Flat cars that came in plastic boxes have brake wheels, although they're frequently lost or broken off from handling.

Packaging

NOTE: There is a conflict in the road codes. 350 is unambiguously Rio Grande, since it appears on a cattle car insert, as well as the 1967 catalog and service manual. However, the box marked 4881/350 shown below contains a Norfolk & Western flat car. It's possible that the car was replaced, but it's wrapped in tissue paper that's in excellent condition, suggesting it was rarely opened. Also, I can find no evidence that a Rio Grande flat car was ever released. Therefore, one of the two codes is wrong.

Plastic box inserts:

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