MRL Freight CAR GUIDE
 

MRL purchased these 89' flat cars to transport garbage containers for Enviorncon, a Washington Corporation company.

8-10 MRL 89’ FLAT CAR

ALAN CURTIS CHANNEL SIDE FLAT

Alan Curtis Models makes an 89' channel side flat car kit that can be slightly modified to represent this car. Limited availability. Several new 89’ flats are now on the market. Still evaluating them.

9000-9099 2 BAY 100 TON HOPPER

ATLAS 2 BAY 100 TON HOPPER

Atlas makes one version of the car that closely represents the prototype. Thrall built the MRL cars and this prototype is the ACF version. The prototype is close to this model except for the stirrup steps. Status - Out of production. Can still find by searching.

MRL Leases 100 Trinity Hoppers. Built in 1988, these 100-Ton, 3,000 cubic foot covered hoppers are used in cement service.

Here is the model car that closely represents the prototype. Red Caboose makes this 3,000 cubic foot version of the hopper. The prototype has eleven ribs but this model only has 10. The stirrup steps are a little different and the end supports are set too low but this model is definitely close enough for N -Scale. Status - Not in production. Findable in other roads.

LBF now Hubert's makes a car very close to the prototype. The first run of these are very hard to find. Hubert's is now out of business too. I am hoping someone can pick up the molds and release more of these cars. You can find them in other road names and strip them if necessary. Status - Not available.

Atlas has made a great version of this 50' single door box car. The details are perfect in every way including separate cross over platforms and end grab irons. The roof detail is more correct than the Micro-Trains version. Status - getting scarce.

9100-9199 2 BAY 100 TON HOPPERS

RED CABOOSE 2 BAY 100 TON HOPPER

LBF 50’ DOUBLE DOOR BOX CAR

15001-15099 50’6” 70-TON HIGH CUBE

20001-20037 50’6” 70 TON BOX CAR

ATLAS 50’ PRECISION DESIGN BOX

MICRO-TRAINS 50’ RIBBED SIDE BOX

20038-20104 50’6” 70 TON BOX CAR

ROUNDHOUSE 50’ SINGLE DOOR BOX

ROUNDHOUSE 50’ BFF SINGLE DOOR

21001-21250 50’6” 100 TON BOX CAR

21400-21599 50’6” 70 TON BOX CAR

ROUNDHOUSE 50’ SINGLE DOOR BOX

ATHEARN F-45

25001-25073 50’6” 70 PLUG DOOR BOX

MICRO-TRAINS 50’ PLUG DOOR BOX

FOX VALLEY

ROUNDHOUSE 50’ PLUG DOOR BOX

30001-30073 50’8” PLUG DOOR BOX

ROUNDHOUSE 50’ PLUG DOOR BOX

35001-35100 60’9” 100 TON WOODCHIP

DELUXE INN 60’ WOODCHIP HOPPER

40001-40030 52’ 70 TON GONDOLA

MICRO-TRAINS 50’ GONDOLA

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41000-41049 52’ 110 TON GONDOLA

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ROUNDHOUSE 52’ GONDOLA

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INTERMOUNTAIN 2 BAY 1KT HOPPER

Another version available by Intermountain also closely represents the prototype. Thrall built the MRL prototype cars and this is another ACF version. The model is close to to the prototype and has see-through walkways. The gap between the body and roof leaves a lot to be desired though. Status - Out of production. 2 runs done.

MICRO-TRAINS 2 BAY 100 TON HOPPER

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Micro-Trains makes another version that closely represents the prototype. Thrall built the MRL cars and this prototype is another ACF version. The prototype is close to this model and has better stirrup steps. Thinner wall detail and door outlets makes this better than Atlas. Status - Out of production. Undec available off and on.

MRL Leases 100 Trinity Hoppers. Built in 1988, these 100-Ton, 3,000 cubic foot covered hoppers are used in cement service.

10001-10100 50’ 100 TON HIGH CUB BOX

MRL Purchased 100 New Gunderson made 50' double plug door boxcars in 1988. These cars are mainly used for paper service.

11000-11099 50’ 100 TON HIGH CUB BOX

MRL Purchased a second order of 100 New Gunderson made 50' double plug door boxcars in 1993. These cars are mainly used for paper service.

LBF 50’ DOUBLE DOOR BOX CAR

LBF now Hubert's makes a car very close to the prototype. The first run of these are very hard to find. Hubert's is now out of business too. I am hoping someone can pick up the molds and release more of these cars. You can find them in other road names and strip them if necessary. Status - Not available.

Cars numbered from 15001 to 15099 used for paper service were originally made for Burlington Northern by ACF in 1971. No model cars known for this prototype.

Purchased from the Burlington Northern these 50' single door box cars were built by American Car and Foundry for the Frisco in 1972.

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Micro Trains has again picked a close model but not quite. The roof is not correct for this car but most people would not notice or care. The red door on this car makes it stand out as a little different and is a nice addition to any train. Status - out of production.

The Roundhouse 50' single door box numbered for this series is close to prototype except for the ends and roof. These cars came out many years ago in 12 packs and are not available under the Roundhouse name. Athearn now has the molds for this car. Status - not available.

MRL purchased sixty seven 50 foot box cars from the Kiamichi Railroad in 1994. These cars were originally built by Pullman Standard for DT&I in 1973.

Roundhouse made a 50' single door box that closely matches the prototype car. The stirrup steps are wrong but the roof, ends and doors are great. The paint job leaves a lot to be desired as the blue is way off but can probably be weathered to look like a faded car. Status - not available. Molds to Athearn.

Originally Southern Railway cars the MRL purchased 250 70 ton box cars and had them rebuilt to 100 ton capacity by Livingston Rebuild Center.

ATHEARN 50’ SEICO BOX CAR

Athearn makes their Seico box car with a removable roof. How lucky is that as this car can be used to model this car series by adding a 4 inch scale strip between the roof and roof-line. The door is better for this prototype and car ribs can be modified. Renumber to 21000 series. Status - hard to find.

200 former Rail-box cars built by Pullman Standard were acquired by MRL to supplement their freight cars. Most of these cars still ride in Rail-box livery with MRL reporting marks. Doors and styles vary.

Roundhouse made several 50' single door box cars that closely match the prototypes. The cars vary between 12 ribs and 10 ribs with varying doors.

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A new entry into the modern box car market is Intermountain. This 50' Pullman Standard 5277 cubic foot box has very crisp details. Released in a 6-pack these models are hard to find.

73 former Great Northern plug door box cars were purchased from BN. These cars were built by Pacific Car and Foundry between 1968 and 1969.

Micro-Trains makes a 50' plug door box car that is close to the prototype. The model lacks some ribs and the ends and roof are the wrong style but the overall look is good. Status - out of production, hard to find. Undec probably available.

Roundhouse now Athearn, made a later run of 50' plug door box cars with the newer lion head logo. They are numbered in the correct series. The model lacks some ribs and the ends and roof are the wrong style. The paint again is the wrong color but the overall look is good. Status - out of production.

Fox Valley introduced this 7 post box car. It is not perfectly correct for MRL but with its crisp paint it will do the job. No longer available. I have been using these as buffer cars for the gas train.

This number series of plug door box cars were also purchased from the Burlington Northern. These cars were built by Berwick Forge and Foundry for the former Great Northern and built in 1970.

Roundhouse now Athearn made a 50' plug door box car that was close to the prototype. The model lacks some ribs and the ends and roof are the wrong style but the overall look is good. Status - out of production.

99 woodchip cars were purchased by MRL from the Burlington Northern. Gunderson built these cars for BN in 1972. MRL uses these cars on-line for chip service between Livingston and Schilling.

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Deluxe Innovations makes this nice version of the woodchip hopper. The only minor detail is that Deluxe puts the brake-wheel on the ends where as MRL uses cars that dump on both ends requiring a side mount ratcheting brake. The ribs are not quite right for MRL but close enough. Several runs made. Not available.

8501-8530 100 TON HOPPER

MRL owns 29, 3 bay 100 ton hoppers. Built by GE Railcar these cars are assigned to bulk commodity service. No model available.

In 1970 Thrall made these 52' gondolas for the Burlington Northern. Now lettered for MRL they are used on the system for MOW and scrap.

MTL makes a decent gondola to represent this car. The one I used has drop ends. MTL came out with the fixed end version later on. Status - Available undec.

50 of these 52' gondolas were built by Trinity Industries in 1995. They have been returned to the lessor due to structural problems and are no longer on MRL property.

Roundhouse made a nice model to represent this car. All the details are very close. The Prototypes were painted dark blue and again the Roundhouse color is not correct. Status - not available. Athearn - reproduced this model but not in MRL.

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42000-42102 47’ 110 TON GONDOLA

A 103 car order of these gondolas were made with Trinity to replace the 41000 series cars. They are primarily used for mining shipments out of Superior, MT. Still looking for a model that is close.

MRL Purchased these 4427 cubic foot capacity from the Burlington Northern. Originally built for the Frisco in 1971 by Pullman Standard these hoopers are used on line for lime and talcum.

50001-50100 4650 COVERED HOPPER

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WALTHERS 4427 PS COVERED HOPPER

This Walthers model is a good start in the right direction. A few missing ribs can be added and some end bracing and ladders would make this into a nice model. Status - not available.

PWRS/MTL 4427 PS COVERED HOPPER

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PWRS commissioned Micro-Trains to make the gray version of this 4427 Pullman Standard hopper. Lets just say they are beautiful and accurate. A limited number were done. No longer available. Decorated available from MTL. Undec-unknown.

50001-51000 4650 COVERED HOPPER

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MRL Purchased 98 of these 4650 cubic foot capacity covered hoppers from the Burlington Northern. Cars in this series were built by American Car and Foundry during 1970. These cars are assigned to grain service.

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INTERMOUNTAIN 4650 COVERED HOP

Intermountain Railway Co. makes a nice version of the 4,650 cubic foot grain hopper. All details look good on this model. Status - available in many road numbers. Periodic releases.

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51001-51110 5150 COVERED HOPPER

An order for 110 5,150 cubic foot hoopers were delivered to MRL in 1996. Built by Thrall Car these cars have a larger capacity than the previous series of grain hoppers.

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MICRO-TRAINS 3 BAY ACF HOPPER

Micro-Trains make this ACF hopper which is close to the prototype car. The taper of the ends does not match the Thrall version but the overall look is good.

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61000-61052 BULKHEAD FLAT CAR

MRL Purchased 53 of these bulkhead flats from BC Rail. Built in Canada in 1978 these cars were modified with removable bunks by MRL for log loading.

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61000-61052 BULKHEAD FLAT CAR

Prairie Shadows has commissioned this bulkhead flat from Rapido Trains. I do not have one yet but the photos look great. I have talked with the guys at Prairie Shadows and a future run of MRL cars is in the works. Stay tuned. Undec available now.

24 Bulkhead flat cars purchased from the Canadian Pacific in 1994 are used for log loading. Built by Thrall Car in 1975 for Milwaukee Road.

62001-62024 BULKHEAD FLAT CAR

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MICRO-TRAINS 61’ BULKHEAD FLAT

Micro-Trains makes a nice bulkhead flat that closely resembles the prototype car.. There are two runs of this car the second having a pipe load. Status - Status, out of production.

1000-1153 30K TANK CAR

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Conoco-Phillips provides 154 of these 30,000 gallon tank cars for the "Gas Local". Built by Union Tank Car these cars are in dedicated service between Thompson Falls and Missoula. Newly re-lettered to GATX.

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ATHEARN 30K ETHANOL TANK CAR

Athearn makes a new 30,000 gallon ethanol tank car. The details are very crisp and clean. The car has most of the details needed to model this prototype. It seems to missing one small vent that could easily be omitted. Status - recently re-released in other road names.

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100423-100426 2600 PS-2 HOPPER

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ATHEARN PS-2 COVERED HOPPER

MRL uses these PS-2 2600 Cubic Foot Hoppers for sand service at their locomotive facilities. Built by Pullman Standard starting in the late 1940's and into the 1950's. The Paint Schemes vary on all 4 of these cars.

Athearn makes this PS-2600 CF hopper. It is a nice replica of the prototype. They came out with 3 numbers all painted prototypically. Nice car. No longer available. Atlas also makes a PS-2 version of this car but why bother.

1000-1001,1003-1006 EV CABOOSE

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MRL Caboose's were acquired from Burlington Northern in 1987. All Caboose's in this series were built by International Car with the exception of 1003 which was built by Pacific Car and Foundry.

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ATLAS EXTENDED VISION CABOOSE

Atlas makes versions of the Extended Vision caboose with and without the roof-walk. This is a nice model very close to prototype.

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MRL Caboose's were acquired from Burlington Northern in 1987. All Caboose's in this series were built by International Car.

1007-1008 CUPOLA CABOOSE

ATLAS CUPOLA CABOOSE

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Atlas makes this version of the Cupola caboose with the roof-walk. This is a nice model very close to prototype.

MRL Cabooses were acquired from Burlington Northern in 1987. All Cabooses in this series were built by International Car. MRL converted these cabooses to remote to work in their yards. Most are coupled to an SD35 when used.

1101-1105 REMOTE CABOOSE

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This Atlas caboose w/o roof-walks is a great start for this project. Just add air conditioners and headlights at each end. A single chime horn and mu-hoses complete this model.

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46000 SERIES PS 3BAY HOPPERS

MRL purchased some used Pullman Standard 3 bay

hoppers to bolster their aging fleet of 45000 series hoppers. Most of them are the standard PS hopper typically see but there are a few oddballs.

INTERMOUNTAIN PS 4750 CU FT HOP

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Intermountain makes a Data Only version of their 4750 cubic foot hopper. Catalog number is 65398. It’s always nice to start with a clean slate to make a patched car. Status-available.

34000 SERIES 100 TON WOODCHIP

DELUXE INNOVATIONS 60’ WOODCHIP

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MRL purchased these woodchip hoppers in late 2013 and early 2014 from the BNSF. Robert Frosstrom Photo.

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Deluxe Innovations makes this nice version of the woodchip hopper. The only minor detail is that Deluxe puts the brake-wheel on the ends where as these cars dump on both ends requiring a side mount ratcheting brake. Easy to buy a BN version and patch. Several runs made. Not available.