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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - BLW-33 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Sliding Door - Rio Grande - 68259


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Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number BLW-33
Original Retail Price $6.30
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Commissioned By Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1
Road/Company Name Rio Grande
Reporting Marks D&RGW
Road/Reporting Number 68259
Paint Color(s) Light Brown
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Standard
Release Date 1982-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, PS-1
Prototype Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Sliding Door
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Body Style Information: This is Micro-Trains first body style. It was introduced in 1972. Its is a model of a Pullman-Standard PS-1 boxcar from circa 1957. Micro-Trains does not market it as a PS-1 so as to allow themselves some latitude so they can use this car to model non-PS prototypes. Hundreds of different releases have used this body style in various paint schemes and road names. It is not a model of a "modern" steel boxcar as the length (40 foot) and the roofwalk are typical of the transition era (1939 - 1957).

Road/Company Information:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

Read more on 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.

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.


Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-08 04:48:55. Last edited by gdm on 2017-04-10 11:56:33

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