The trailer-on-flatcar, or TOFC, concept appeared in 1926 when the Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee began experimenting with the concept transporting specially designed truck trailers on modified flat cars. In 1936 the Chicago Great Western was the first standard railroad to adopt TOFC. In the 1960 TOFC, also known as “piggyback,” gained significant momentum with many Class I railroads using the service.
Pup trailers were invented by CF Corporation in the early 1950s. A variety of trailers existed before then, varying in length due to length laws, usually from 20 to 28 feet in length. Their length was standardized to 28 feet in the early 1980’s.
Cooper-Jarrett operated between Chicago and the East Coast, and before it went bankrupt in 1981, its turnpike double trailers, pulled by an Emeryville-cab Hendrickson tractor, were the subjects of a very famous Matchbox model.
- Intricately Detailed, Durable ABS Body
- Colorful, Attractive Paint Scheme
- Metal Wheels and Axles
- Die-Cast 4-Wheel Trucks
- Fast-Angle Wheel Sets
- Needle-Point Axles
- (2) Operating Die-Cast Metal Couplers
- Scale Kadee-Compatible Coupler Mounting Pads
- (2) Removable 20′ PUP Trailers
- 1:48 Scale Dimensions
- Unit Measures: 14 1/2” x 2 1/2” x 4 1/2”
- Operates On O-42 Curves