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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 55390 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Offset Side - Noel - 19971

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Stock Number 55390
Secondary Stock Number 055 00 390
Original Retail Price $17.00
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Hopper Open 2-Bay Offset Side
Prototype Description Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Offset Side
Road or Company Name Noel (Details)
Reporting Marks MTL
Road or Reporting Number 19971
Paint Color(s) Red
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Body Material Plastic
Multipack ID Number 55392
Release Date 1997-10-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety Offset Side
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: The 33' Offset-Side open hopper was introduced in 1979. It is known by collectors as body style '055' or '55000 Series'. This model has been produced in over 100 different varieties since then, making it a fairly popular body style. Newer versions may come with a factory supplied load and low profile wheels.

Prototype Description: A 2-bay hopper design with offset sides was first proposed in the 1920s and first appeared in the form seen here in 1934. The AAR adopted it as a standard design the following year. The offset design permitted greater interior capacity than a rib side car with the same outside dimensions. It was thought this more than made up for the car's higher cost of construction. The last new 2-bay offset side hoppers were built in 1960.

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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-04 04:54:55. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-17 12:24:33

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