Clejan Intermodal Spine Car
SP [type F-50-17], Erie, Kansas City Southern
and New Haven Railroads

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Clejan Spine Car


One of the earliest intermodal spine cars, these cars were loaded
circus style, using specially adapted trailers, that ran on rollers on the axles
along the high central spines.

Large numbers of the cars were used by the Southern Pacific
on their new intermodal service
that started in 1959. Other railroads using the system
and similar spine cars were the Erie, the KCS and the NH.

With this kit, N Scale Kits have released an autocarrier that was used
to transport cars across the SP system

Details of the autocarrier are here

Prototypes in service in the 1960's

Prototype photographs courtesy of Southern Pacific SUL and Shasta Division Archive

Recommended trucks are Microtrains® 1036
Body mount couplers 1025 are used

Decals are available from Microscale® and details are included in the Instruction Sheet

Full prototype information on these cars is not available on the web
but very full details of the SP cars can be found in
Tony Thompson's book 'SP Freight Cars Vol 3: Automobile and Flat Cars'
and details of the Erie,KCS and NH cars are in an article by James Kinkaid
in Mainline Modeler September 1994, pages 48 through 53

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