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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 520 00 241 - Stock Car, 40 Foot, Wood - Chicago & North Western - 14303

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 520 00 241 - Stock Car, 40 Foot, Wood - Chicago & North Western - 14303 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 520 00 241
Secondary Stock Number 520 00 241
Original Retail Price $28
Road or Company Name Chicago & North Western (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Stock Car Despatch
Prototype Stock Car, 40 Foot, Wood (Details)
Reporting Marks CNW
Road or Reporting Number 14303
Announcement Date 2018-12-01
Release Date 2018-12-01
Paint Color(s) Green and Yellow
Print Color(s) Yellow
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Stock Car
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Despatch
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Region North America
Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)



Item Specific Notes: These 40’ despatch stock cars are yellow and green with yellow lettering and run on Andrews trucks. Rebuilt in the mid-1950s at the Council Bluffs shop, these single deck stock cars were sold to United States Railway Equipment and then leased back to CNW for use across the Midwest.

History:
Alonzo Mather, a Chicago clothing merchant who founded the Mather Stock Car Company, designed a new stock car in 1880 that was among the first to include amenities for feeding and watering the animals while en route. Mather was awarded a gold medal in 1883 by the American Humane Association for the humane treatment afforded to animals in his stock cars. Minneapolis' Henry C. Hicks patented a convertible boxcar/stock car in 1881, which was improved in 1890 with features that included a removable double deck. George D. Burton of Boston introduced his version of the humane stock car in 1882, which was placed into service the following year. The Burton Stock Car Company's design provided sufficient space so as to allow the animals to lie down in transit on a bed of straw. All-wood 40' stock cars of this general type would most likely have seen service in the early part of the 20th century (say, 1910-1930).

From Wikipedia

Info:
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.

Info:
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 2018-12-02 12:45:31. Last edited by gdm on 2018-12-02 12:45:47

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