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45' Intermodal Containers
45' Container, Hapag Lloyd #1 (3)
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

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Hapag-Lloyd 45’ Container

Hapag-Lloyd is one of the largest shipping companies in the world. Based in Germany, Hapag-Lloyd consists of Hapag-Lloyd AG, the container shipping section, and a cruise line. Their containers are commonly seen on trains around the globe.

The 45-ft. (13.7 m) container is a standard cargo container of intermodal transport involving ships, trucks, and railway carriers. Whereas boxcars used to be the usual source of color on freight trains, now unit trains of containers boast the riot of colors seen racing along the rails. Most are double-stacked on the freight car. In the United States, the containers were shipped on the Southern Pacific in 1977; the first double-stack intermodal train is considered to have been in 1984 when the Southern Pacific and Conrail moved containers from California to New Jersey. Today containers account for almost 70 percent of intermodal freight transport shipments in the United States.

There are five common standard lengths, 20-ft. (6.1 m), 40-ft. (12.2 m), 45-ft. (13.7 m), 48-ft. (14.6 m), and 53-ft. (16.2 m). United States domestic standard containers are generally 48 ft. (15 m) and 53-ft. (rail and truck). Container capacity is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU, or sometimes teu). An equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo capacity equal to one standard 20 ft. (length) × 8 ft. (width) container. As this is an approximate measure, the height of the box is not considered, for instance the 9 ft. 6 in. (2.9 m) High cube and the 4-ft. 3-in. (1.3 m) half height 20 ft. (6.1 m) containers are also called one TEU.

The 45’ container capacity is 66,139 lb. (30,400 kg) of cargo.

45’ Intermodal Container 3 Pack

Athearn currently offers 101 of these 45' containers of dozens of shipping companies. These containers complement Athearn’s well car and container car. Athearn securely packages a trio of 45’ containers in a blister pack on a stiff card backing. The three containers are separated from each other and the backing by a plastic divider. This minimizes scuffing the paint and displays the models.

The containers are molded with sharp detail. Each is factory assembled and Ready-To-Roll, hence Athearn’s name of this series! The end doors are detailed with molded hinges, locking bars and handles. Lifting and retaining eyes are on the end corners. There is basic detail on the bottom.

Hapag-Lloyd Container Painting and Markings

This set is one of two Hapag-Lloyd sets. The paint is smooth and does not obscure detail. All printing is crisp and opaque atop the base color. Container information, dimensional data, and placards are all legible.


Athearn’s 45’ Container is a good model of a ubiquitous intermodal container. It has good detail and an excellent finish. Offered in many liveries, these models can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train. Recommended.

Remember, when contacting manufacturers and retailers, to tell them you saw this product here—on RailRoadModeling.net!
Highs: High quality finish.
Lows: Nothing more than nitpicky.
Verdict: Offered in many liveries, these fine models can create the colorful “traveling circus” look of today’s stack train.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: 1:87
  Mfg. ID: 27767
  Suggested Retail: $29.98
  Related Link: Athearn 45' Containers
  PUBLISHED: Feb 06, 2011

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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those are super detailed. And at $29.98, it's 10 bucks a pop
FEB 07, 2011 - 04:48 PM

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