F89 Piggyback Flat Car
Introduced in the early 1960s, thousands of these long cars were built during the 60s and many are still in service. They have seen duty hauling trailers, containers, autos, pipes, and just about anything that is long! Since the F89 started production in 1963, there are many variations of the flat out there. Trailer Train Co. used the extra letter to designate different variations and on the F89, there were 14 variations according the wonderful article in the Aug 95 Railroad Model Craftsman.... copies probably available from the NMRA Library!
Versions included BTTX, TTBX, CTTX, TTDX, TTEX, ITTX, JTTX, KTTX, MTTX, RTTX, STTX, TTX, WTTX, and XTTX.
The vanilla F89 was lettered TTX and had two hitches. End bridge plates were on the cars as built, but removed starting in 1985 since circus unloading had been phased out in favor of overhead loading.
The kit consists mostly of pewter castings which can be soldered together with low-temp solder and iron, or glued together with a strong ACC or epoxy. Due to its length, wide curves are required.
Kadee couplers, SHS roller-bearing trucks, trailers, and decals are not included. The car is designed to use the American Models’ 40' trailers - SHS 35’ trailer shown in the photo.
Temp. out of stock. Next batch due soon!
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