The Bessemer & Lake Erie is a Class II railroad that operates in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1897, the railroad’s primary function was to haul iron ore from the Conneaut, Ohio Lake Erie port to the steel mills he owned in Western Pennsylvania. The return trip to Conneaut saw coal being hauled from Western Pennsylvania for the steel mills in Northeast Ohio.
While the fleet of freight cars consisted mainly of hopper cars, the railroad did have a fleet of 40 and 50 foot box cars. Although there have been B&LE hopper cars and covered gondolas done in S gauge (AF by Lionel), there have been no box cars. Offered by the CVSGA for the 2024 Spring S Spree is the B&LE 40 foot box car by American Models in brilliant orange with black ends and two road numbers; 81180 and 81203. The B&LE is still in business with iron ore and coal as its primary commodities.
The cars are in limited quantities with 60 cars having road number 81180 and 60 cars having road number 81203. Each group is split 45/15 hirail/scale and is being made available only to those registered for the 2024 Spring S Spree. The CVSGA reserves the right to substitute a car number in the event the one you select is sold out.