2023 Premier O Scale Flat Car w/ 48’ Trailers Announced
November 15, 2022 - M.T.H. Electric Trains will be releasing a series of 2023 Premier O Scale Flat Car w/ 48’ Trailers in four exciting liveries beginning late next Spring. Each of these unique schemes will be available in two car numbers and will be in very limited production quantities. The cars are expected to begin shipping to M.T.H. Authorized Retailers in June 2023.
The trailer-on-flat-car, or TOFC, concept actually predates the trucking industry. For a brief period in the 1800s, Long Island farmers could ship their loaded wagons to market on a local railroad. The modern use of railroads to ship loaded trailers began on the Chicago Great Western Railroad (the “Corn Belt Route”) in 1935 and became widespread in the 1950s under the leadership of a former GM executive named Eugene Ryan and early supporters that included the Pennsy, New Haven, Chicago & Eastern Illinois, Burlington, and Southern Pacific railroads.
Originally a large number of trailers were railroad-owned, and loading and unloading was done “circus-style” by driving the trailers onto a string of flatcars from one end. A major advance came in the 1960s with the advent of the first side-lift cranes, dramatically speeding up loading and unloading. Today the combination of trailer and container shipments, known collectively as intermodal, constitutes the largest class of freight on American railroads.
Check out each of the offerings in the list on the left.
- Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
- Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
- Needle-Point Axles
- (2) Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
- Detailed Brake Wheel
- (1) Removable 48' Trailer
- Separate Metal Handrails
- 1:48 Scale Dimensions
- Unit Measures: 14 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 4 1/2”
- Operates On O-31 Curves