Prairie Shadows HO Scale Freight Cars

Prairie Shadows HO 89'4" Tri Level Autorack

Version
V01B
Era
1983+
Flat Builder
NSC
Rack Builder
Portec
Notes: Early Flat, Flush Coffer Version V01B Era 1983+ Flat Builder NSC Rack Builder Portec Notes: Early Flat, Flush Coffer

Between 1983 and 1986, CN contracted all their tri-level autoracks that were originally built by NSC in 1972, to be re-racked with Portec’s latest fully enclosed design. This was done under license by Hawker Siddeley in Trenton, Nova Scotia. The Portec design included a full side, end and roof enclosure with the doors being their patented RAVE (Rack Anti-Vandal Enclosure) doors. The prototype stands out with a unique combination of NSC’s flatcar (having an exposed gusset and sill structure in the center of the car) and a Portec rack body that is like those found on F89 P-S and ACF flat cars. This would give CN a total of 520 fully enclosed tri-level autoracks numbered 704000-704519. These early racks are appropriate from 1983 all the way to the late 2000s.

Starting in 1995, CN began changing the reporting marks on some of the racks to CNA. Both CN and CNA reporting marks would soldier on in either their all-black painted car bodies or a repainted yellow body with either RAVE 1 or RAVE 2 doors.

The first production run of our tri-level autorack will be NSC flat cars and equipped with Portec RAVE 1 (Ski slope) doors.

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