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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 01-55A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Santa Fe - 20211

N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 01-55A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Santa Fe - 20211 Image Courtesy of Lowell Smith Signature Series


Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number NSC 01-55A
Original Retail Price $37.50
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Commissioned By Lowell Smith
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Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Steel Plug Door
Road/Company Name Santa Fe
Additional Markings/Slogan Grand Canyon
Reporting Marks ATSF
Road/Reporting Number 20211
Paint Color(s) Yellow and Black
Print Color(s) Black
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number 2
Series Name National Park Service
Release Date 2001-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, Plug Door
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Specific Item Information: Only 400 Made

Road/Company Information:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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Manufacturer Information:
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.

For an in-depth guide to the history and collecting information for Micro-Trains products, please consult our Micro-Trains History and Collector's Guide.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-01-31 13:24:17. Last edited by Chance on 2017-08-26 20:18:00

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