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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NASAMP25 - Flatcar, Heavy Duty - Missouri Pacific - 865025

Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NASAMP25
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer N Scale Kits / Masterpiece Models
Body Style N Scale Kits Flatcar Heavy Duty
Prototype Description Flatcar, Heavy Duty
Road or Company Name Missouri Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks MP
Road or Reporting Number 865025
Paint Color(s) Blue and White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Release Date 2016-05-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype Heavy Duty
Model Variety 195 Ton

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Specific Item Information: The Space Shuttle is made up of three components. There is the Shuttle itself, which returns to earth after the mission. There is the external fuel tank, which stays up in space after launch, and there are the Solid ROcket Boosters, which attach to the side of the Assembly, and can float back to earth after they perform their launch assist. The train consists of the carriers of those boosters. Each booster is made up of a stack of 4 booster sections, a top cone, and a bottom thruster assembly. They ride on special cars from the plant of Morton Thiokol (now ATK Launch Systems) in Utah to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The cars are oversize, so always travel with a clearance gauge car to assure they do not get stuck under a bridge along the way. The train stopped running after 30 years of service in 2011.

Road Name History:
The Missouri Pacific Railroad (reporting mark MP), commonly abbreviated MoPac, with nickname of The Mop, was one of the first railroads in the United States west of the Mississippi River. MoPac was a Class I railroad growing from dozens of predecessors and mergers, including the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway (SLIMS), Texas and Pacific Railway (TP), Chicago and Eastern Illinois Railroad (C&EI), St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway (SLBM), Kansas, Oklahoma and Gulf Railway (KO&G), Midland Valley Railroad (MV), San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf Railroad (SAU&G), Gulf Coast Lines (GC), International-Great Northern Railroad (IGN), New Orleans, Texas and Mexico Railway (NOTM), Missouri-Illinois Railroad (MI), as well as the small Central Branch Railway (an early predecessor of MP in Kansas and south central Nebraska), and joint ventures such as the Alton and Southern Railroad (AS).

In 1967, the railroad operated 9,041 miles of road and 13,318 miles of track, not including DK&S, NO&LC, T&P and its subsidiaries, C&EI and Missouri-Illinois.

On January 8, 1980, the Union Pacific Railroad agreed to buy the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Lawsuits filed by competing railroads delayed approval of the merger until September 13, 1982. After the Supreme Court denied a trial to the Southern Pacific, the merger took effect on December 22, 1982. However, due to outstanding bonds of the Missouri Pacific, the merger with Union Pacific become official only on January 1, 1997.

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Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-06-14 05:46:52. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-17 08:06:48

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