Full Throttle FT-3402 RI 3’ Offset-Side 2-Bay Woodchip Hopper 2-Car Set

Full Throttle FT-3402 RI 3’ Offset-Side 2-Bay Woodchip Hopper 2-Car Set
Product Code: FT-3402
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Price: $56.00
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Full Throttle FT-3402 RI 3’ Offset-Side 2-Bay Woodchip Hopper 2-Car Set

Road Numbers 89427, 89448  

The "Rock Island Line" was a huge railroad operating in the American Heartland. It stretched across ARK, CO, IL, IA, KS, MO, NB, NM, OK, SD, TX and reached into MN and TN! It was the first RR to connect Chicago, IL, with the Mississippi River, and jointly, with the Southern Pacific RR, ran a passenger service to the West Coast. Challenged by CB&Q's similar but farther reaching routes, Western Railroad competition, and increased operating costs, Rock Island maintenance had so degraded that when the Union Pacific RR pursued a merger in the 1970s, RI was no longer an attractive partner!

A last attempt at survival was begun including a change of name to The ROCK, an improved MoW, modern motive power, and a new color scheme from the traditional red, black and white to blue, black and white. Despite the initiative, too late, a once great railroad, praised in song and print, sadly, was forced to liquidate in 1980. The Union Pacific RR by merger with Missouri Pacific RR now owns most of what was Rock Island. Full Throttle presents a pair of ROCK Offset-Side Woodchip Hoppers, repainted during the rebuilding era, with realistic loads created by Hay Brothers.    

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