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N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 5003/3 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed - Quaker Oats - 358

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N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 5003/3 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed - Quaker Oats - 358


N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 5003/3 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed - Quaker Oats - 358


Stock Number 5003/3
Brand Ak-Sar-Ben
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Wood Sheathed
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed (Details)
Road or Company Name Quaker Oats (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 358
Paint Color(s) Red with White Door
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Wood Sheathed with Horizontal Brake
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: 1901 - 1938
Scale 1/160


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Prototype History:
Double sheathed all-wood boxcars in 34', 36' or 40' length were built with trussrods into the 1900's. By about 1910-15 cars often were being built of wood but with steel underframes. BTW many early boxcars were only about 8-1/2' high, though taller 10' cars were beginning to be built by the WW1 era (like the USRA wood boxcar) but that didn't become the norm until the late 1930's.

Later in the 20's-30's, some cars were built with double or single sheathed woodsides but steel underframe, roof and ends. In the later 30's into the 40's some older cars built with wood except for the steel underframes were rebuilt with steel ends and roofs. Some of these cars with steel roof and ends (either new or rebuilt) lasted into the 1960's.

During WW2, steel was in short supply, so some new boxcars were built with steel roof and ends, but wood sides. These too sometimes lasted into the "diesel era", although many were rebuilt with steel sides after the war.

Road Name History:
The Quaker Oats Company, or known as Quaker, is an American food conglomerate based in Chicago. It has been owned by PepsiCo since 2001. Quaker Oats was founded in 1901 by the merger of four oat mills: Quaker Mill Company, teh Cedar Rapids Cereal Mill, the German Mills American Oatmeal COmpany and the Rob Lewis American Oats and Barley Oatmeal Corporation.

The company expanded into numerous areas, including other breakfast cereals and other food and drink products, and even into unrelated fields such as toys. In August 2001, Quaker was bought out by Pepsico because Pepsi wanted to add Gatorade to its arsenal of beverages and thus break into the isotonic sports beverage market. The merger created the fourth-largest consumer goods company in the world. Though the main prize for PepsiCo was Gatorade noncarbonated sports drink, Quaker's cereal and snack food division serves as a seemingly healthier complement to the existing Frito-Lay division of salty snacks.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information:
Ak-Sar-Ben Hobby Co
Information on AkSarBen Hobby and their history is sketchy at best. Of course, AkSarBen is Nebraska spelled backwards so one might assume that they got their start in the Husker state. The most recent evidence of their existence, however, was in the 2010 Model Retailer Hobby Industry Directory listing them in Jacksboro, TN. The phone number listed is disconnected, so, who knows for sure? What is known is that AkSarBen Hobbies was owned by Allen Miller and got their start in the 1980's producing very high quality custom, limited edition HO and N Scale products. They probably have left the model train business for more than 20 years ago.

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 2017-01-19 14:05:54. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-03 17:51:19

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