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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC MTL Z05-01 - Tank Car, Single Dome, 39 Foot - Virginian & Ohio - 404

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Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number NSC MTL Z05-01
Secondary Stock Number Z05-01
Alternate Stock Number 9-04
Original Retail Price $44.00
Commissioned By NMRA
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Micro-Trains Tank Car Single Dome
Prototype Vehicle Tank Car, Single Dome, 39 Foot (Details)
Road or Company Name Virginian & Ohio (Details)
Reporting Marks V&O
Road or Reporting Number 404
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Series Name Living Legends
Series Release/Issue Number 5
Release Date 2004-09-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Tank Car
Model Subtype Single Dome
Model Variety General Service
Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Item Specific Notes: Living Legends #5: Allen McClelland's "Virginian & Ohio"

Series Information: The "Living Legends" of Model Railroading.
The success of the "Heritage" cars prompted the NMRA to begin a special "Living Legends" series in honor of the principal figures still very much active in model railroading.
These cars were available in various scales. The NMRA stopped offering their collector cars in Z-scale after 2004.
More information on this site.

Prototype History:
Single Dome tank cars are a railroad staple. They have been around since the first half of the 20th century. This length car can handle about 10,000 gallons. These railcars carry a wide array of commodities, including liquid fertilizers, chemicals, fuel oils and asphalt, and food-grade oils. Tank cars can be pressurized or non-pressurized, insulated or non-insulated. Single dome cars carry only a single commodity at once. Food-service tank cars may be lined with stainless steel, glass, or plastic. Tank cars carrying dangerous goods are generally made of different types of steel, depending on the intended cargo and operating pressure. They may also be lined with rubber or coated with specialized coatings for tank protection or product purity purpose. The tank heads are also stronger to prevent ruptures during accidents.

One common version is the ACF Type 27 jacketed tank car with expansion dome which was in common use by many railroads and oil companies.

Road Name History:
The Virginian and Ohio is both the name of a fictional railroad company created by W. Allen McClelland and the HO scale model railroad he built featuring this railroad.

The Virginia & Ohio, the Allegheny Midland and the Virginia Midland later 'merged' to form the Appalachian Lines, a fictional railroad company where each of the individual railroad would keep its own visual identity.

Brand/Importer 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 2019-02-26 22:18:09. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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