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ScaleTrains Rivet 39314 HO Scale Thrall-Trinity 42’ Single-Hood Coil Steel Car Ex-CR CSS 1860

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.


  • New roadname
  • Era: 2021 to present
  • Series 1800 to 1889 (broken); ex-Conrail Series 623900 to 623999 F51A; built 9-10/1997
  • Road number 1860
    • Former Conrail oxide red car with repainted NS gray hood
  • Fully-assembled
  • Multiple road numbers
  • Early body: built by Thrall, Thrall builder logos, heavy “H” shaped reinforcement on top of draft gear, and end handrails attached to hood ends
  • Body has four wireform side grab irons
  • Early version 3 hood: end handrails, square top lifting bail, inside guide stacking brackets, and double reinforcement hood braces
  • Hoods are constructed with up to 47 individual parts including 32 photo etched handrail stanchions, six wireform handrails, four wireform grab irons, two hood stacking brackets, two hood top braces, and lifting bail
  • Handbrake housing with finely detailed wheel and chain
  • See-through photo-etched metal walkway
  • Simulated wood interior floor using a hand applied wash
  • Four (4) positionable load dividers
  • One (1) large, two (2) medium, and two (2) small wrapped (modeler applied sticker) coil steel loads with metal weight inside each one
  • Factory-applied end handrails, hood guides, stanchions, load divider tracks, metal grab irons, coupler cut levers, and trainline hoses with silver gladhands
  • Complete underbody brake system with over 20 separately applied parts including air reservoir, control valve, and retainer valve plus wireform plumbing and trainline pipe with brackets
  • Durable body-mounted die-cast metal semi-scale SE Type lower shelf knuckle couplers
  • Highly-detailed ASF Family of Trucks (FOT) 100-ton trucks with finely rendered raised foundry data; rotating Black Timken three-sided bearing caps; separate “truck-mounted brake” brake beams; and side bearing detail
  • Printed reporting mark and road number on all four trucks
  • 36” machined metal wheels with accurately profiled .110" wide wheel tread
  • Operates on Code 70, 83 and 100 rail
  • Printing and lettering legible even under magnification
  • FRA-224 yellow conspicuity stripes
  • Weighted to Industry standards for reliable operation
  • Packaging safely stores model
  • Minimum radius: 18”
  • Recommended radius: 22”

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.