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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 552 00 050 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Pullman, Coach, 52-Seat - Amtrak

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 552 00 050 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Pullman, Coach, 52-Seat - Amtrak Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line.


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 552 00 050
Original Retail Price $28.20
Road or Company Name Amtrak (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Passenger Car Pullman Coach 52 Seat
Prototype Passenger Car, Lightweight, Pullman, Coach, 52-Seat (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Red, White, Blue Stripe
Release Date 2009-06-01
Paint Color(s) Silver
Print Color(s) Black
Item Category Passenger Car
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Pullman
Model Variety Coach
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Region North America
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



History:
With their large windows and comfortable reclining seats, these coaches allowed passengers on shorter distance trips to recline and watch the countryside roll past. The 52 seat car was used for the commuter and shorter distance intercity travelers, say for instance from Reno to Sacramento. The P-S 52 seat car is a Plan 7600 car built for Lot 6856 for the C&O. Some were sold to SAL & C&NW (then to SP & CB&Q). The NKP coaches, also designed by the AMC were Plan 7600-A - they, like the 10-6s that were built at the same time, had an extra row of corrugations and their electrical systems were different (as were the lighting systems).

Info:
The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, doing business as Amtrak, is a passenger railroad service that provides medium- and long-distance intercity service in the contiguous United States. Founded in 1971 through the government-sponsored consolidation of most of the remaining U.S. passenger rail companies, it is partially government-funded yet operated and managed as a for-profit corporation.

Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day on 21,300 miles (34,000 km) of track with select segments having civil operating speeds of 150 mph (240 km/h) and connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states in addition to three Canadian provinces. In fiscal year 2015, Amtrak served 30.8 million passengers and had $2.185 billion in revenue, while employing more than 20,000 people. Nearly two-thirds of passengers come from the 10 largest metropolitan areas; 83% of passengers travel on routes shorter than 400 miles. Its headquarters is at Union Station in Washington, D.C.

The name "Amtrak" is a portmanteau of the words "America" and "trak", the latter itself a sensational spelling of "track".

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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: petecduffy on 2019-05-19 17:06:01

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