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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 01-22 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, USRA, Steel, Single Sliding Door - Pennsylvania - 489545

N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC 01-22 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, USRA, Steel, Single Sliding Door - Pennsylvania - 489545 Authorized use by TroveStar from copyright owner.


Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number NSC 01-22
Original Retail Price $20.00
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains 40 Foot USRA Single Sliding Door Boxcar
Road/Company Name Pennsylvania
Reporting Marks PRR
Road/Reporting Number 489545
Paint Color(s) Mustard Yellow with a silver roof
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar Standard Steel
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety USRA Steel Single Sliding Door
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, USRA, Steel, Single Sliding Door
Region North America


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Specific Item Information: Presented as a "Surprise Car" during the 2001 N Scale Collector convention in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Road/Company Information:
The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 years in a row.

In 1968, PRR merged with rival NYC to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. The viable parts were transferred in 1976 to Conrail, which was itself broken up in 1999, with 58 percent of the system going to the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), including nearly all of the former PRR. Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.

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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.

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.

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 2016-04-14 07:27:07. Last edited by nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-14 07:51:59

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