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I have a kit for these but have never seen one in real life or pictures. I think they carry trailers piggy backed but I am not sure how. The lead car has a skeleton frame with two trucks, the back cars hook onto the lead car and have one truck. I would also like to know the period. I suspect it is current because of the length of it. It is marked "Cotton Belt".
 

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Are they "well" cars?
Or are they they type of spine cars that carry semi-truck trailers? From what I read online, those were popular durning the 1970's and 1980's, although they are still used today... The well car came about in the late 1970's and is a very popular way to haul freight today...
 

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They seem like they might be spine cars. I can't imagine how the semi truck trailers could be loaded or mounted. There is a small "Plate Deck" at the rear. I suppose the tires could sit on that while the cars mount somehow to the spline. Thanks for the info I will keep looking into it.
 

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Here's a video of mine in action behind some boxcars. The trailers are a mix of Athearn, Con-Cor and Herpa. These particular cars came out in the early 80s, I still see them in service around here. You can run yours without the intermediate cars and still be prototypical, they are run that way.

 

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Very Cool!! Thanks much, they are in kit form and I just started painting the accessaries and am getting them prepped to assemble them, now I know how they work. Have to get some trailers next and I am ready to rock and roll!
 

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The trailers will help them track much better too. They are very light and will jump the track on a whim without the added weight.
 
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