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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 038 00 550 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Micro-Trains Line - 82117

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 038 00 550 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Micro-Trains Line - 82117 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Stock Number 038 00 550
Secondary Stock Number 038 00 550
Original Retail Price $27.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot Steel Plug Door No Roofwalk
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door (Details)
Road or Company Name Micro-Trains Line (Details)
Reporting Marks MTLX
Road or Reporting Number 82117
Paint Color(s) Brown, Yellow and Blue
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 2017-09-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Steel Plug Door No Roofwalk
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: This 50’ standard box car with plug door and no roofwalk is black with decorated sides. On August 21st, 2017, the United States was treated to a total solar eclipse that was visible from the West Coast to the East Coast. The first state to witness this amazing natural phenomenon was Micro-Trains’ home state of Oregon. Nearly 100,000 people travelled to the small town of Madras, where this series of images was taken by NASA.

Prototype History:
The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. Pullman Standard and ACF were some of the most prolific builders of these cars.

In the 1960s, the flush, "plug" style sliding door was introduced as an option that provides a larger door to ease loading and unloading of certain commodities. The tight-fitting doors are better insulated and allow a car's interior to be maintained at a more even temperature.

Road Name History:
Micro-Trains sometimes makes fantasy cars using their own company name as the railroad name.




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 2017-08-30 14:27:16. Last edited by gdm on 2018-08-27 09:17:13

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