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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 02-19 - Reefer, Wood Sheathed, 40 Foot, Vertical Brake Wheel - Grand Union Food Markets - 90019

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 02-19 - Reefer, Wood Sheathed, 40 Foot, Vertical Brake Wheel - Grand Union Food Markets - 90019


Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number NSC 02-19
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Reefer Wood 40 Foot Vertical Brake
Road or Company Name Grand Union Food Markets (Details)
Reporting Marks QREX
Road or Reporting Number 90019
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) Yellow
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number NSE 02-20
Series Release/Issue Number 8
Release Date 2002-02-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Wood Sheathed, Vertical Brake Wheel
Prototype Reefer, Wood Sheathed, 40 Foot, Vertical Brake Wheel
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era II: 1901 - 1938


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Body Style Information: Micro-Trains introduced this body style in July of 1982. It features opening roof hatches - an innovation for N Scale at the time. The detail of the body combined with the high quality printing makes this tooling an excellent choice for modeling early-20th century billboard reefers. It is particularly well suited for modeling the cars used by pre-war meat packers. The prototype is a 40 Foot Wood-Sheathed Ice Reefer with vertical brake wheel.

Road/Company Information:
Grand Union Supermarkets, later known as Grand Union Family Markets and often referred to simply as Grand Union, was the name of a chain of grocery stores that did business primarily in the northeastern United States but also operated stores in other areas of the country including the midwestern and southeastern states, as well as internationally in the Caribbean and Canada. The company was originally founded and headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania, eventually moving to Brooklyn, New York in the early 20th century. Grand Union moved again to Elmwood Park, New Jersey and finally to Wayne, New Jersey before the original company was forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 2001 and sold to C&S Wholesale Grocers.

After C&S bought Grand Union it down-scaled most of its operations and exited its primary marketplace, choosing to keep only a number of stores in upstate New York and New England open. The chain was sold to Tops Friendly Markets in 2012, and in 2013 Tops rebranded the remaining stores with their logo and the Grand Union name ceased to exist.

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.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-02-03 12:06:57. Last edited by gdm on 2017-03-20 09:37:34

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