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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSE MTL 16-03 - Trailer, 45 Foot, Box - Kansas City Southern - 62116

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSE MTL 16-03 - Trailer, 45 Foot, Box - Kansas City Southern - 62116 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSE MTL 16-03 - Trailer, 45 Foot, Box - Kansas City Southern - 62116


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number NSE MTL 16-03
Original Retail Price $49.00
Commissioned By N Scale Enthusiast
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Production Type Special Run
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro-Trains Trailer Box Van 45 Foot Fruehauf
Prototype Trailer, 45 Foot, Box (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Kansas City Route of the Southern Belle
Road or Company Name Kansas City Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks KCS
Road or Reporting Number 62116
Paint Color(s) White with Multi-Color Murals
Print Color(s) Black
Series Name Cityscape Trailer (NSC)
Series Release/Issue Number 16
Announcement Date 2016-07-01
Release Date 2016-07-01
Item Category Vehicles
Model Type Trailer
Model Subtype Box Van
Model Variety 45 Foot Fruehauf
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Prototype History:
A box trailer is one of the most common trailers in the road transport industry. These trailers are used for transporting all kinds of cargo on the nation's highways.

A 45 foot trailer can typically haul more than 70,000 pounds of cargo and weighs (unladen) about 12,000 pounds. The volume allows for about60 retail sized (48" x 20") pallets. Alternatively, it can hail about 30 Military ISO containers at (35" x 45.5"). This sized trailer is often used for international shipping in North America (Canada and Mexico).

Road Name History:
The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (reporting mark KCS), owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and third-oldest Class I railroad in North America (just behind Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railway) still in operation. KCS was founded in 1887 and is currently operating in a region consisting of ten central U.S. states. KCS also owns and indirectly operates Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) in the central and northeastern states of Mexico, and is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside of Mexico's boundaries (Ferromex is the only other Class I operating in Mexico). Including all trackage owned by wholly owned subsidiaries, KCS owns a total of approximately 9,600 kilometers (6,000 route miles) of track.

Kansas City Southern is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Annual revenues as of 2007 were US$1.7 billion with 6,485 employees, and a market cap of roughly US$5 billion. Kansas City Southern company stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KSU.

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.

Commissioner Information: The N Scale Enthusiast Society (previously known as The N Scale Collector until 2011) was established by Wick Brandon, as a sole proprietorship and was a stand alone company until Wick passed away in 2000. The company has been owned by Micro Trains Line since then.

Wick was the founder of TexNRails and he established NSE right after he sold the pioneering N Scale retailer to the Herz family, and the store moved to Florida. Wick and Lea moved their family from Texas to Bakersfield California, and the entire operation was run from his home in Bakersfield. George Johnsen, the current Chairman, came on board as Associate Editor starting with the third issue of the magazine, and the growth of the organization hasn’t stopped. Wick and George did the first convention in Medford in 1993, and added staff and advisors as the organization grew. Wick held the first auction for the NSE in 1995.

The NSE mission statement reads: “This organization is dedicated to the preservation of the history of N Scale Model Railroading, and the railroads they represent.”

They do:
- Special Run Cars
- Regular Auctions of "collectable" Cars
- Annual Conventions
- Bi-Monthly Magazine

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.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-07-16 13:15:57. Last edited by gdm on 2019-01-12 09:36:03

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