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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 97-78 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - North Stratford Railroad - 481

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Commissioned By Raleigh Rails
Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSC 97-78
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains 024 Boxcar 40 Foot Sliding Door No Roofwalk
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Road or Company Name North Stratford Railroad (Details)
Reporting Marks NSRC
Road or Reporting Number 481
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack ID Number NSC 97-79
Release Date 1997-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, No Roofwalk
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This is a model of a PS-1 boxcar with no roofwalk. Micro-Trains introduced this version of their popular steel boxcar in 1976. It features the same operating doors as the popular 20000 series boxcar with similar dimensions and details but this model is appropriate for hobbyists who model the post-roofwalk era.

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.

Road Name History:
The NSRC was established in 1977 to assume operation of a former Maine Central route between North Stratford, New Hampshire and Beecher Falls, Vermont. The primary customer was an Ethan Allen furniture factory in Beecher Falls. They were appointed to be the designated operator of the White Mountain Branch between Lincoln and Concord in 1981 but responsibility for that line was turned over to New England Southern soon after. The locomotive fleet consisted of a GE 44-tonner and an Alco S-1. By 1989 traffic had dwindled to nothing and the NSRC closed their doors.

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.

Please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide

Item created by: gdm on 2016-07-10 15:32:52. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-08 06:47:29

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