The Atlas HO Scale Master 50' Berwick Box Car CP Rail 211146 models the Berwick Forge and Fabricating 50' sliding door box cars, first produced in 1972, which featured their new corrugated non-terminating “sine-wave” ends. Jackson and Woodin Manufacturing started producing rail cars in Berwick, PA, in 1840. In 1881 that company joined other manufacturers to form American Car and Foundry (ACF). In 1904 ACF built the first all-steel box car in Berwick. In 1961 ACF closed the Berwick plant, which was bought by local businessmen to form Berwick Forge and Fabricating, which became a Whittaker subsidiary in 1968. Faced with a recession in 1982, the Berwick plant finally ceased railcar production and was closed.
Road Name and History:
CP Rail(Multimark): The Canadian Pacific Railway was promised to British Columbia in the 1867 Confederation. During the 1870s the railway remained a dream- and a nightmare to Prime Minister Macdonald whose Conservative Party became involved in a serious scandal that brought down the Government. Finally in 1881 the Canadian Pacific Railway commenced construction in Ontario. While a route through the easier Yellow Head Pass was the most logical, CP picked the much more difficult Kicking Horse Pass and Rogers Pass route to build closer to the US border (And keep US railroads from entering Canada). Under the direction of William Van Horne, the Canadian Pacific Railway advanced across Canada, overcoming giant mountain ranges and deep canyons to unite Canada by rail at Cragellachie, BC, in 1885. CP became nationwide by purchasing Eastern Canadian railways and new construction, reaching St. John, NB, through Maine in 1889. One great engineering achievement was the construction of the Spiral Tunnels through the Rocky Mountains. Canadian Pacific became one of the most important factors in the development of Western Canada. The company became a unit of a diversified Canadian Pacific Ltd. in 1968, eventually being spun off in 1996. The "new" Canadian Pacific Railway returned to its roots as a railway and sold off its less profitable Eastern Canada routes. Canadian Pacific Railway with lines stretching from Ontario to British Columbia and with substantial US operations, is one of North America's major railways. This model represents the time period 1968-1996 when the conglomerate Canadian Pacific Ltd. used this "Multimark" logo to brand all of their business units: "CP Rail", "CP Ships", "CP Hotels" etc.