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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC MTL 07-47 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, ACF 4650 - Northeast NTRAK - 8606

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC MTL 07-47 - Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, ACF 4650 - Northeast NTRAK - 8606 Copyright held by TroveStar


Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSC MTL 07-47
Original Retail Price $29.00
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Covered Hopper 3-Bay ACF 4650 Round Hatch
Prototype Covered Hopper, 3-Bay, ACF 4650 (Details)
Road or Company Name Northeast NTRAK (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan 25 Years of Model Railroading Excellence
Reporting Marks NENX
Road or Reporting Number 8606
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Multipack ID Number NSC XX-YY
Release Date 1997-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Covered Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety ACF Centerflow 4650 Cubic Foot Round Hatch
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: In 1976, Fay Chin posted a flyer in a local hobby store looking to start a model train club. Many people contacted him with great enthusiasm. After several discussions, they decided N-Trak was the most appealing. At one meeting in 1981, Fay proposed the Northeast N-Trak club name which was adopted.

Northeast N-Trak hosted National N-Trak convention in Boston along with the NMRA convention in 1986. To commemorate the event, Northeast N-Trak produced a 10 year anniversary clkub car, which has become a collector's item. To celebrate Northeast N-Trak's 25 year anniversary, they are proud to present this commemorative club car.

Prototype History:
Production of the 4650-cubic foot 3-bay cars began in 1964. ACF built 2504 examples at Huntington, WV, between 1964 and 1972. The ACF 4650 c.f. 3-bay hopper was the same height and width as the 5250 c.f. 4-bay car but several feet shorter in length (and only had 3 bays!). Some railroads that were not concerned about having the larger plate C clearance 4650cf cars (which could not be used on all branchlines or at all loading facilities) opted for large fleets of 4650cf cars instead of 4600cf. UP and SP were two such railroads (all of the current UP 4600cf cars came from either MP or C&NW heritage).

Hatches: 6 30", 6 20", 3 pressed steel elongated (SP, SSW, 3 piece pressed steel continuous or 4 piece FRP continuous. Outlets: Several types of bolted or welded on outlets are used. Uses: Grain, soda ash, platic pellets. Trucks: 77 ton friction or roller bearing. 86 had 100 ton roller bearing.

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.

Manufacturer Information:
Micro-Trains Line split off from Kadee Quality Products in 1990. Kadee Quality Products originally got involved in N-Scale by producing a scaled-down version of their successful HO Magne-Matic knuckle coupler system. This coupler was superior to the ubiquitous 'Rapido' style coupler due to two primary factors: superior realistic appearance and the ability to automatically uncouple when stopped over a magnet embedded in a section of track. The success of these couplers in N-Scale quickly translated to the production of trucks, wheels and in 1972 a release of ready-to-run box cars.

Micro-Trains Line Co. split off from Kadee in 1990 to form a completely independent company. For this reason, products from this company can appear with labels from both enterprises. Due to the nature of production idiosyncrasies and various random factors, the rolling stock from Micro-Trains can have all sorts of interesting variations in both their packaging as well as the products themselves. When acquiring an MTL product it is very important to understand these important production variations that can greatly enhance (or decrease) the value of your purchase.


Item created by: gdm on 2016-07-11 17:10:04. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-17 08:06:48

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