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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - 25130 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 - Escanaba & Lake Superior - 9000

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - 25130 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 - Escanaba & Lake Superior - 9000 Authorized use by TroveStar from copyright owner.

Production Type Special Run
Stock Number 25130
Secondary Stock Number 025 00 130
Original Retail Price $7.35
Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot FMC 5077
Road or Company Name Escanaba & Lake Superior (Details)
Reporting Marks ELS
Road or Reporting Number 9000
Paint Color(s) Azure Blue
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety FMC 5077
Region North America
Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 (Details)
Body Material Plastic
Scale 1/160

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Specific Item Information: Manufactured exclusively for Brooklyn Locomotive Works, unlike Kadee's regular production model, this special run Kadee Micro-Trains car has a body colored roof.

Model 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. Hence on some releases, this car is labeled as a Pullman Standard and in other cases it is labeled as an FMC boxcar, and it also is frequently labeled as a '50' Rib Side Box Car[sic]' with no mention of prototype whatsoever. It appears to be closest to the FMC 5077 boxcar prototype (from the 1970s) in any event. These models can appear with any one of multiple different sliding door types. The doors for this model are operating ones (cool!).

Prototype History:
In the 1970's with the growth of the Per Diem business model, FMC produced a series of 50 foot box cars in different configurations. The single-sliding-door configuration is one of the best known and used widely by many different railroads. These cars were produced using the Gunderson metal works which FMC had acquired in 1965. In late 1975, FMC began producing a 5,077-cubic-foot Plate B box car for IPD and Railbox service. FMC's 5077s have seven panels to either side of the 10-foot door, an X-panel roof, and non-terminating ends that are slightly different from those used on FMC's earlier cars. Note how the sidesill is notched all the way back to the bolsters, a key feature of FMC's mature design.

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 Name History:
The Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad (reporting mark ELS) is a privately held shortline railroad that operates 347 miles (558 km) of track in Northeastern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.[1] Its main line runs 208 miles (335 km) from Ontonagon, Michigan to Green Bay, Wisconsin, and it also owns various branch lines and out of service track.

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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.

Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-08 03:54:07. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-24 12:19:01

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