57-foot Cable Dispenser CarBessemer & Lake
No. 1224 -1972 Release
No. 43 1014 70
At least two variations exist for Bachmann's B&LE Coil Car.
The original release provides an orange car with silver lid lettered in black and white for B&LE. The B&LE herald
and lid lettering include black. Later simplified versions retain the orange car with silver lid, but include only white
lettering on the orange car and omit the B&LE herald and the silver lid includes no markings.
57-foot Cable Dispenser Car
Pittsburgh & Lake Erie
No. 1223 -1972 Release
No. 43 1014 40
This model was made by Kader in Taiwan for Bachmann. Additionally,
Kader produced its HO-scale coil car model for AHM, Life-Like, and Lionel-HO. The P&LE examples offered by AHM and
Lionel-HO do not feature the silver lid or hatches, as found on Bachmann's model.
One of seven new body styles added to the HO-scale rolling stock
line by Bachmann in 1972 is the 57-foot Cable Dispenser Car. The car lists for $3.50 in 1972 and is initially listed
with a pair of roadnames: B&LE and P&LE.
The August 1968 Model Railroader includes a two-page S-scale drawing of the Integral-Cover
Coil Car. New on American rails in the late 1960s, the car is noted as being owned by Pittsburgh & Lake Erie with a fleet
of 50 and Bessemer & Lake Erie with a collection of 10 examples. The 125-ton car was built by Evans and the prototype measures
just under 60-feet in length. The car's purpose was to haul coiled steel.