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Freight Car Friday - NS 168802

By January 18, 2013

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NS 168802
This coil car has an interesting, if short-lived design.
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Norfolk Southern 168802 is an interesting coil steel car. The well-type car offers a low center of gravity for the heavy load. It is similar to many other cars used in this service.

More unique is the protective hood used to cover the coils in transit. This is certainly one of the more elaborate designs placed on this type of car! This design was obviously more complex and expensive to build. Later Norfolk Southern car orders came with more conventional designs.

I don't know of any models of this particular car in any scale. With all of those angles and rounded edges, it would make a challenging scratchbuilding project.


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