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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 64024 - Flatcar, 57 Foot 6 Inch, Converted, TOFC - Chicago & North Western - 780501

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 64024 - Flatcar, 57 Foot 6 Inch, Converted, TOFC - Chicago & North Western - 780501 Authorized use by TroveStar from copyright owner.


Stock Number 64024
Secondary Stock Number 064 00 024
Original Retail Price $33.10
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Flatcar 57 Foot Converted TOFC
Prototype Description Flatcar, 57 Foot 6 Inch, Converted, TOFC
Road or Company Name Chicago & North Western (Details)
Reporting Marks CNW
Road or Reporting Number 780501
Paint Color(s) Mustard Yellow
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date 2003-04-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 57 Foot 6 Inch
Model Variety Converted TOFC
Scale 1/160


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Specific Item Information: Packaged with Micro-Trains Line 67020 (067 00 020) Chicago North Western System Fruehauf 45 Foot Van Trailer CNWZ 930078.

Road Name History:
The Chicago and North Western Transportation Company (reporting mark CNW) was a Class I railroad in the Midwestern United States. It was also known as the North Western. The railroad operated more than 5,000 miles (8,000 km) of track as of the turn of the 20th century, and over 12,000 miles (19,000 km) of track in seven states before retrenchment in the late 1970s.

Until 1972, when the company was sold to its employees, it was named the Chicago and North Western Railway. The C&NW became one of the longest railroads in the United States as a result of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and others.

By 1995, track sales and abandonment had reduced the total mileage back to about 5,000. The majority of the abandoned and sold lines were lightly trafficked branches in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Large line sales, such as those that resulted in the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad further helped reduce the railroad to a mainline core with several regional feeders and branches.

The company was purchased by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in April 1995 and ceased to exist.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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.


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