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Deluxe Innovations N 210902 Gunderson Maxi-Stack III Articulated Car Set #2, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (5-Pack)
Deluxe Innovations N 210902 Gunderson Maxi-Stack III Articulated Car Set #2, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (5-Pack)
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By the late 80s, double stack trains had become the standard method for moving international 20' and 40' containers. But 48' containers for domestic service were becoming more common and that presented a problem for the railroads. The Twinstacks, Lo-Pac 2000's and Maxi-Stacks could only carry 48' containers in the upper position. If the domestic boxes outnumbered the international boxes, the extras would be left behind. Then in 1989, Gunderson introduced the Maxi-Stack III. This articulated car featured five 48' wells which could each carry 20', 24', 40', 45' or 48' containers in the bottom position and 40', 45', 48' or 53' containers in the top position. The Maxi-III was an immediate hit with the intermodal community.

BNSF inherited Gunderson Maxi-Stack III's from both of its chief predecessors, Santa Fe and Burlington Northern. These former BN cars, both carrying the large BN "wrenches" logo, have been renumbered BNSF with the use of a BNSF Mineral Red patch and new white numbers. Originally built to concentrate on domestic container service, the move toward 53' domestic containers and a huge increase in international container traffic has led BNSF's Maxi-IIIs to see more use in international stack train service in recent years.
Our model of these five-unit cars features precision die cast metal bodies for superior tracking, even when empty. There is no need to add weight to the containers, in fact that will raise the center of gravity. The brake detail, end platforms, container bumpers and articulators are injection molded plastic, and all the walkways, steps, grab irons and lift rings are see-through etched stainless steel. They are equipped with body mounted Micro-Trains Line operating knuckle couplers. Like the prototype, the DeLuxe Maxi-III will fit all standardized 48' or shorter containers in the bottom position and all 40' or longer containers in the upper position. The box has vacu-formed nests with removable container inserts allowing it to be used as a storage and carrying case empty or loaded with containers. Be sure to save the container inserts for transporting them empty or damage may result. The DeLuxe Maxi-III is engineered to run on a minimum radius of 9-3/4". These cars accommodate containers up to 48' Ex-BN America Paint Scheme