HO Scale Magor 53' DODX Flatcar

 

 

Introducing the all-new, Rapido HO Scale Magor 54' Department of Defense (DODX) Flatcars!

 

At the height of the Korean War, the US Army required a new fleet of rolling stock to transport military hardware across the nation on any railroad. Notably, a large order for 650 cars was placed with the Magor Car Corporation to handle the heavier and larger tanks and other military equipment of the era. Delivered between April and July 1953, the Magor fleet came in at 54’ and weighed in at around 36 tons with a 100-ton load carrying capacity. Features included a wood deck and heavy steel frame construction along with 6-wheel buckeye trucks.

The DODX Flatcars quickly proved invaluable in service and would go on to enjoy very long careers on the rails. Delivered with the USAX reporting marks and numbered 38016-38665, these cars would find work transporting all sorts of equipment including the latest tanks, APCs, navy gun turrets and even locomotives such as the Army’s own GE 80 tonners.  

Over time there were several changes to the Magor fleet. Starting around 1961, the fleet began receiving new DODX reporting marks, though this was a long conversion and there were USAX lettered cars in service as late as 1974. Also, in the mid-60s many would begin conversion to roller bearings in the 6-wheel Buckeye trucks. In addition, several cars in the fleet were also assigned to the Navy and painted silver to signify this assignment. 

After higher capacity equipment entered service in the 1980s, these burly cars were largely withdrawn from service around 1990 with the last of the fleet being decommissioned at the end of the Gulf War in 1991. Due to their sturdy construction, many have been preserved in museums and continue to run today!

 

 

 

 

 The Rapido Trains HO scale DODX Magor Flatcar features:

 

  • Drawn from original blueprints, measurements and 3D scans
  • Fully-detailed underframe including piping and equipment
  • Correct Buckeye 3-axle trucks with incredible detail
  • Trucks have friction bearings or retrofitted roller bearings as appropriate
  • Metal knuckle couplers
  • Simulated wood deck design
  • Loads coming soon

 

 

Those Buckeye trucks are not only super detailed but they roll freely as well. Infact, they rolled right off the table as soon as this photo was taken. Wire grabs, buckeye trucks, simulated wood deck - this early pre-production flat as it all!

 

 

 

Looking for loads for your DODX flatcars? We will soon have that market covered, too! Check out the silhouette below.

 

 

 

 

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