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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 00 811 - Boxed Set, Runner Pack - Pacific Fruit Express - 300143, 300198, 300176, 300200, 300215, 300220, 300237, 300248

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 00 811 - Boxed Set, Runner Pack - Pacific Fruit Express - 300143, 300198, 300176, 300200, 300215, 300220, 300237, 300248


Stock Number 993 00 811
Secondary Stock Number 993 00 811
Original Retail Price $219.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Runner Pack
Prototype Description Boxed Set, Runner Pack
Road or Company Name Pacific Fruit Express (Details)
Reporting Marks PFE
Road or Reporting Number 300143, 300198, 300176, 300200, 300215, 300220, 300237, 300248
Paint Color(s) Yellow and Aluminum
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Ready-to-Run No
Body Material Plastic
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 8
Multipack ID Number 993 00 811
Series Name Runner Pack 8
Series Release/Issue Number 11
Release Date 2016-09-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Freight Cars


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Model Information: Many times since Micro-Trains/Kadee first started producing cars in 1972, they have sold 'multipacks' of cars in shrink-wrapped bundles. These releases have bundles several different items with the same theme together in a single shrink-wrapped packaged. However, in April of 2007, due to demand for groups of cars with the same paint scheme yet with different road numbers, the "Runner Pack" was born.

Runner pack number one got a special presentation box instead of simple shrink wrap and contained four different Pennsy boxcars with identical paint schemes yet different road numbers. These releases were intended for people who like to "run" their cars yet like each car to have a different road number. The 4-car runner packs have been very successful and were joined later by 8-car packs as well as 3-packs of larger, more expensive cars. Over 100 different box sets in this series have been produced by MTL as of 2017.

Road Name History: Pacific Fruit Express (reporting mark PFE) was an American railroad refrigerator car leasing company that at one point was the largest refrigerator car operator in the world. The company was founded on December 7, 1906 as a joint venture between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It began operation on October 1, 1907, with a fleet of 6,600 refrigerator cars built by the American Car and Foundry Company (ACF).

In 1923, the Western Pacific Railroad joined the venture by leasing its own, brand new fleet of 2775 reefers to PFE. They were painted in standard PFE colors with only WP heralds on the cars instead of the paired UP-SP markings. The WP cars were all retired by the late 1950s, among the last wooden reefers in PFE's fleet. WP ended its partnership with PFE in late 1967 and joined Fruit Growers Express instead.

PFE's assets were divided between the UP and SP when the company was split on April 1, 1978. It is now a UP subsidiary.

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 2016-03-31 17:22:19. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-13 04:37:45

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