rosters two types of MHC cars, or Material Handling
Cars. They are known by modelers as MHC-1 or
MHC-2. The original 1400-series MHC-1 cars were
built by Thrall in 1986 utilizing rebuilt trucks
from former REA express cars with a short wheelbase;
this car has been previously offered by Con-Cor.
In 1989 Amtrak began receiving a second version
of the MHC, the MHC-2, which carry road numbers
in the 1500-series. These cars differed in some
notable ways. The trucks were a new design that
had a longer wheelbase than the earlier cars.
Further, there was a body snubber anchor mounted
on the sides of the car above each truck. These
two details are the most obvious differences
between the two car series, however the body
and roof are entirely different from the earlier
has chosen to produce the MHC-2, which has not
yet been available as a mass-produced N-Scale
model. It will be offered only in Phase III
striping as this is the only scheme the cars
are known to carry at this time.