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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 01-54A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Northern Pacific - 90111

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 01-54A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Northern Pacific - 90111 Image Courtesy of Lowell Smith Signature Series

Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSC 01-54A
Original Retail Price $37.50
Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
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Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Steel Plug Door
Prototype Description Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door
Additional Markings/Slogan Yellowstone
Road or Company Name Northern Pacific (Details)
Reporting Marks NP
Road or Reporting Number 90111
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number 1
Series Name National Park Service
Release Date 2001-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, Plug Door
Body Material Plastic

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Road Name History:
The Northern Pacific Railway (reporting mark NP) was a transcontinental railroad that operated across the northern tier of the western United States from Minnesota to the Pacific Coast. It was approved by Congress in 1864 and given nearly 40 million acres (160,000 km2) of land grants, which it used to raise money in Europe for construction. Construction began in 1870 and the main line opened all the way from the Great Lakes to the Pacific when former president Ulysses S. Grant drove in the final "golden spike" in western Montana on Sept. 8, 1883.

The railroad had about 6800 miles of track and served a large area, including extensive trackage in the states of Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin. In addition the company had an international branch to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main activities were shipping wheat and other farm products, cattle, timber and minerals; bringing in consumer goods, transporting passengers; and selling land.

The company was headquartered first in Brainerd, Minnesota, then in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It had a tumultuous financial history, and in 1970 it merged with other lines to form the Burlington Northern Railroad.

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Commissioner Information: Lowell Smith

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 2017-01-31 13:21:34. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-24 12:19:05

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