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N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 9304 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Various - 5-Pack

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N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 9304 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Various - 5-Pack Variant 1


N Scale - Ak-Sar-Ben - 9304 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Various - 5-Pack Variant 2
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Brand Ak-Sar-Ben
Stock Number 9304
Original Retail Price $59.98
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Aftermarket Decorator Aksarben
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Micro-Trains Body Style Assortment
Prototype Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Various (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 5-Pack
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Multipack ID Number 9304
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Body Style Assortment
Model Subtype Special Run
Model Variety Various
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: This pack was delivered in different variants, with the same cars (road name and road number), but different Micro-Trains body styles.
  • Miller MHLX 103: body style MTL-020 or -023 (40')
  • Stroh's SBCX 104: body style MTL-034 or -033 or -031 (50')
  • Busch ABBX 108: body style MTL-023 or -024 (40')
  • Coors ADCX 102: body style MTL-027 or -031 (50') or -023 (40')
  • Budweiser ABBX 105: body style MTL-020 or -023 or -024 (40')
PS: there could be some other variants ...

Prototype History:
A mixed freight train is a train that hauls a variety of different freight cars or wagons. A mixed freight depends on the locale and industries. The train will be carrying cars to be brought to a yard where a local will bring them to the various industries. The location determines the industries, and the industries determine the cars.

Which cars are in which trains is determined by the waybills they are assigned - which is close to a totally random process. For example, through freights simply run from up staging to down staging and back, stopping long enough to trade out 30 percent of their cars and change from steam to motor (catenary) or vice-versa. Thus freights will have a variety of cars, changing each time they pass through a switching yard.

Road Name History:
This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.

Brand/Importer Information:
Ak-Sar-Ben Hobby Co
Information on AkSarBen Hobby and their history is sketchy at best. Of course, AkSarBen is Nebraska spelled backwards so one might assume that they got their start in the Husker state. The most recent evidence of their existence, however, was in the 2010 Model Retailer Hobby Industry Directory listing them in Jacksboro, TN. The phone number listed is disconnected, so, who knows for sure? What is known is that AkSarBen Hobbies was owned by Allen Miller and got their start in the 1980's producing very high quality custom, limited edition HO and N Scale products. They probably have left the model train business for more than 20 years ago.

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 2019-01-23 19:46:55. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-06-03 06:30:22

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