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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - BLW-99A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 1988

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - BLW-99A - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 1988 Authorized use by TroveStar from copyright owner.

Production Type Special Run
Stock Number BLW-99A
Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1
Road or Company Name Brooklyn Locomotive Works (Details)
Reporting Marks BLW
Road or Reporting Number 1988
Paint Color(s) Azure Blue
Paint Scheme 10th Anniversary 1978 - 1988
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 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, PS-1
Region North America
Era Era III: 1939 - 1957
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Body Material Plastic
Scale 1/160

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Specific Item Information: A Kadee Micro-Trains model that was decorated by Aksarben Hobby Company.

Model 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 more typical of the transition era (1939 - 1957).

Prototype History:
The 40' Boxcar is widely known as one of the most popular freight cars used by railroads as they transitioned from steam to diesel. In particular the Pullman Standard or PS-1 design was one of the most popular and was widely used by North American railroads. These boxcars were built beginning in 1947 and share the same basic design, with certain elements such as door size, door style or roof type varying among the different railroads and production years. When production of these cars ceased in 1963, over 100,000 had been produced.

So just what is a PS-1? Well the simple answer is it is any boxcar built by Pullman Standard from 1947 on. The design changed over the years – sometimes subtly, sometimes for customer request, and sometimes in a larger way. In general, most PS-1’s built from 1947 to 1961 share the same dimensions and basic construction techniques. These cars all had a length of 40′, a height of 10’5″ or 10’6″, welded sides and ends and roof of Pullman’s own design. The greatest variation was in the size and style of doors used. Pullman Standard also offered 50′ and later 60′ boxcars – also with the PS-1 designation.

Commissioner Information: Brooklyn Locomotive Works

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 05:40:08. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-24 12:19:01

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