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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - MTL 08-05 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC 5077 - Pan Am Railways - 31908

N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - MTL 08-05 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC 5077 - Pan Am Railways - 31908


Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number MTL 08-05
Original Retail Price $40.00
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Commissioned By N Scale Collector
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot FMC 5077
Road/Company Name Pan Am Railways
Reporting Marks MEC
Road/Reporting Number 31908
Paint Color(s) Blue and Gray
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number MTL 08-06
Release Date 2008-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety FMC 5077
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC 5077
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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Specific Item Information: Only 200 of these 3-packs were made. They are road number variations of MTL 02500 470 from May of 2007.

Body Style Information: This model was first produced by Kadee in February of 1981. It is a model of a 50 Foot Steel Rib-Side Single Sliding Door Boxcar. Specifically, this Micro-Trains body style models the FMC 50' 5077 Single Sliding Door prototype. It is also used by Micro-Trains to model Pullman Standard 50' boxcars.

Prototype Information: This is FMC's entry into the Plate B IPD (Incentive Per Diem) box car era. The design was intended to be the 'most universal', interchangeable on most common railroad clearances. The cars were available with and without end-of-car cushioning, and were offered in several door configurations.

Over 4,300 cars were produced from 1975-1979 by FMC's Portland, Oregon plant. The cars were delivered in numerous colorful shortline paint schemes, as well as the nationwide car pool fleet of Railbox. Many secondhand cars were later seen in Class 1 railroads and large leasing company fleets under additional shortline reporting marks.

Road/Company Information:
The Pan Am Railways mission is to be the leading freight transportation company in our region. We will meet this expectation by combining the economies of rail transportation with the highest levels of safety and service in order to provide value to our customers and the communities through which they pass.

Pan Am Railways, Inc. (PAR), formerly known as Guilford Rail System (GRS) before March 2006, is an American holding company that owns and operates Class II regional railroads covering northern New England from Mattawamkeag, Maine, to Rotterdam Junction, New York. The primary subsidiaries of Pan Am Railways are Boston and Maine Corporation (reporting mark BM), Maine Central Railroad Company (reporting mark MEC), Portland Terminal Company (reporting mark PTM), and Springfield Terminal Railway Company (reporting mark ST); BM and MEC are operated under lease by ST.

Pan Am Railways is headquartered in Iron Horse Park in North Billerica, Massachusetts. It is a subsidiary of Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Pan Am Systems, formerly known as Guilford Transportation Industries (GTI). Guilford bought the name, colors and logo of Pan American World Airways in 1998.

From Company Website and Wikipedia

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.


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