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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 515 00 150 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed - Menasha Wooden Ware - 242

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 515 00 150 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed - Menasha Wooden Ware - 242 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line.


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 515 00 150
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Boxcar Double Wood Sheathed
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed (Details)
Road or Company Name Menasha Wooden Ware (Details)
Reporting Marks MENASHA, WIS
Road or Reporting Number 242
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Release Date 2007-08-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Double-Sheathed Wood
Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)



Prototype History:
Double sheathed all-wood boxcars in 34', 36' or 40' length were built with trussrods into the 1900's. By about 1910-15 cars often were being built of wood but with steel underframes. BTW many early boxcars were only about 8-1/2' high, though taller 10' cars were beginning to be built by the WW1 era (like the USRA wood boxcar) but that didn't become the norm until the late 1930's.

Later in the 20's-30's, some cars were built with double or single sheathed woodsides but steel underframe, roof and ends. In the later 30's into the 40's some older cars built with wood except for the steel underframes were rebuilt with steel ends and roofs. Some of these cars with steel roof and ends (either new or rebuilt) lasted into the 1960's.

During WW2, steel was in short supply, so some new boxcars were built with steel roof and ends, but wood sides. These too sometimes lasted into the "diesel era", although many were rebuilt with steel sides after the war.

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: petecduffy on 2019-05-14 15:55:37

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