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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 03-07A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Great Northern - 6511

N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 03-07A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Great Northern - 6511 Image Courtesy of Lowell Smith Signature Series


Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number NSC 03-07A
Original Retail Price $39.50
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 Great Northern
Additional Markings/Slogan Glacier
Reporting Marks GN
Road/Reporting Number 6511
Paint Color(s) Red and Black
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number 5
Series Name National Park Service
Release Date 2003-01-01
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 Great Northern Railway (reporting mark GN) was an American Class I railroad. Running from Saint Paul, Minnesota, to Seattle, Washington, it was the creation of 19th century railroad entrepreneur James J. Hill and was developed from the Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad. The Great Northern's (GN) route was the northernmost transcontinental railroad route in the U.S.

The Great Northern was the only privately funded - and successfully built - transcontinental railroad in U.S. history. No federal land grants were used during its construction, unlike all other transcontinental railroads.

The Great Northern was built in stages, slowly to create profitable lines, before extending the road further into the undeveloped Western territories. In a series of the earliest public relations campaigns, contests were held to promote interest in the railroad and the ranchlands along its route. Fred J. Adams used promotional incentives such as feed and seed donations to farmers getting started along the line. Contests were all-inclusive, from largest farm animals to largest freight carload capacity and were promoted heavily to immigrants & newcomers from the East.

In 1970 the Great Northern, together with the Northern Pacific Railway, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad and the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway merged to form the Burlington Northern Railroad. The BN operated until 1996, when it merged with the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway to form the Burlington Northern and 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 13:49:23. Last edited by Chance on 2017-08-26 20:18:00

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