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ScaleTrains Rivet 39289 HO Scale Thrall-Trinity 42’ Single-Hood Coil Steel Car CSXT 493205

The all-new Rivet Counter™ HO Scale Thrall-Trinity Manufacturing 42’ Coil Steel Car is the definitive model of this unique freight car. True to the prototype, the car features railroad, road number, and era-specific™ features like 3 body types; 6 removable hood types; 4 positionable load dividers; coil steel loads with metal weight inside each; a finely detailed body with dual trough design and center divider; plus simulated wood trough interior. Depending on the type of steel you’re hauling, the car can be used without hoods as well.


  • Era: early 2012 to present
  • Series 493000 to 493524; built 3-7:2012
  • Fully-assembled
  • Multiple new road numbers
  • Late body
  • Late version 1 hood
  • Hoods are constructed with up to 47 individual parts
  • Handbrake housing with finely detailed wheel and chain
  • See-through photo-etched metal walkway
  • Simulated wood interior floor
  • Four (4) positionable load dividers
  • Coil steel loads with metal weight inside each one
  • Complete underbody brake system with over 20 separately applied parts
  • Durable body-mounted die-cast metal semi-scale SE Type lower shelf knuckle couplers
  • Highly-detailed 100-ton trucks with rotating bearing caps
  • 36” machined metal wheels with accurately profiled .110" wide wheel tread
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Weighted to Industry standards for reliable operation
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”

NOTE: Road number may vary from picture shown.

In the 1960s, the Ford Motor Company, collaborating with two Detroit-area railroads, created the modern coil steel car design. Over the years, several freight car manufacturers built similar cars, including Thrall Car Manufacturing which constructed these 42-foot, single hood cars which were introduced in the mid-1990s. This car shared many traits common to other Thrall built coil steel cars, including the basic body construction and jack pad design. The big difference is that it was shorter and only had one hood and a longitudinal loading trough with load dividers.

Designed to handle wrapped “cold rolled” steel coils, these cars were equipped with a single insulated hood to help protect the delicate finished steel from the elements. In 2001, Thrall was purchased by Trinity Industries and with this purchase, Trinity continued to build the 42’ cars. Some of the latest cars of this design were delivered in 2012. The Trinity built cars have some detail differences from the Thrall built cars including a separate handrail added to the ends of the car body and moving the end railings off the ends of the hood. These cars can be seen in singles or small groups roaming all over the country.