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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - BLW-28 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk - Conrail - 269858

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - BLW-28 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk - Conrail - 269858 The image shown is the same body type though not necessarily the same road name or road number.



Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number BLW-28
Original Retail Price $5.95
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Commissioned By Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Sliding Door No Roofwalk
Road or Company Name Conrail (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 269858
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Release Date 1982-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, No Roofwalk
Prototype Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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Road/Company Information:
The Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail (reporting mark CR), was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeast U.S. between 1976 and 1999. Conrail is a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "rail" from the name of the company.

The U.S. federal government created Conrail to take over the potentially profitable lines of multiple bankrupt carriers, including the Penn Central Transportation Company and Erie Lackawanna Railway. With the benefit of industry-wide regulatory requirements being reduced (via the 4R Act and the Staggers Act), Conrail began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987. The two remaining Class I railroads in the East, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), agreed in 1997 to split the system approximately equally, returning rail freight competition to the Northeast by essentially undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that created Penn Central. Following Surface Transportation Board approval, CSX and NS took control in August 1998, and on June 1, 1999, began operating their portions of Conrail.

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 2017-04-10 11:50:48. Last edited by gdm on 2017-04-10 11:56:02

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