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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 02-68 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, USRA 55 Ton - Potomac Edison - 101

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 02-68 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, USRA 55 Ton - Potomac Edison - 101 Image used with permission of owner


Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSC 02-68
Brand Micro-Trains
Commissioned By Hagerstown & Frederick Rwy. Historical Socienty
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro-Trains Hopper Open 2-Bay Ribbed Side
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay, USRA 55 Ton (Details)
Road or Company Name Potomac Edison (Details)
Reporting Marks PECo
Road or Reporting Number 101
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 2002-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety Offset Side
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: 1901 - 1938
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: This is a model of a prototype car used in service at the R. Paul Smith Power Plant at Williamsport, MD. Only 300 were made.

Prototype History:
The USRA 55-Ton hopper was designed by the United States Railway Administration during World War I as a standardized hopper to be used by all railroads in order to aid the war effort. After WWI many railroads continued to use the USRA 55-Ton hoppers, as well as build many thousands more clones. The USRA hopper was in use on North American railroads from 1918 until the 1970’s

Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

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 2017-02-18 17:57:46. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-17 08:06:49

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