The introduction of longer and heavier containers in the 1980s lead to the development of new railroad equipment along with chassis for moving containers by truck. Most available chassis were designed for the then standard 20′ and 40′ containers used in international service, but new designs for domestic service were being built at 45′ and later 48′ lengths, the same as contemporary highway trailers. For shippers, this meant a large investment in new equipment, and maintaining large fleets at each terminal to meet demand. To overcome these problems, the extendible containers chassis was developed, based around a telescoping tube. Adjustable from 40′ to as much as 48′ long in a matter of minutes, the bogey could also be moved on the frame to handle the added weight of longer containers, while the front incorporated a “goose neck” for handling taller containers as well. The flexibility and adaptability of the design made it extremely popular and they’re still widely used today. A must for contemporary layouts, hundreds of chassis can be found at a typical intermodal terminal spotted trackside for loading, held in reserve, or heading out on the highways.
– In Service from the 1980s to the Present
– Realistic Detail for Intermodal Terminals and Highway Scenes
– Holds Containers from 40′ to 40′ Long
– Parts for Two Complete Chassis
– Easy Assembly with Complete Instructions
– Molded in Black Plastic