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Model Information: This model is one of Fox Valley's earlier N Scale models. It has some nice detail such as the roofwalk (I think it is etched metal), roof-mounted grab-irons and brake wheel platform (also etched metal). The molding of the other details is quite nice as well, but a molded ladder or grab iron is never quite as nice as a separately applied detail part. Also, the underframe detail is a bit overwhelming, especially when compared to a newer Trainworx or Atlas Master car. Unlike later FVM productions this car lacks body-mount couplers. The early releases also lack FVM's world class metal wheels. Later releases have metal wheels. Fortunately, the trucks and couplers on the early releases are MTL OEM and produce a typical high quality operation both in the couplers and smooth rolling wheels.
Prototype Information: These transition era cars were first introduced in the late 30's and were in use right up into the 80's. Cars with the "Route of the Hiawathas" motto and wood roofwalk represent the early (1939) production, whereas cars bearing the Milwaukee Road logo only and a steel roofwalk were used in the mid-60's. Cars without a roofwalk were used in the 70's and 80's.
The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986.
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Item created by: gdm on 2017-07-05 08:44:53
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