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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 987 01 810 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD FT - Micro-Trains Line

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 987 01 810 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD FT - Micro-Trains Line Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


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Production Type Announced
Stock Number 987 01 810
Secondary Stock Number 987 01 810
Original Retail Price $114.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro-Trains 987 Diesel Engine FTA&B
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD FT (Details)
Road or Company Name Micro-Trains Line (Details)
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Series Name Solar System Series
Series Release/Issue Number 0
DCC Readiness Ready
Announcement Date 2020-08-01
Release Date 2020-12-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety FTA
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Featuring the Sun and eight planets of our Solar System, this FT locomotive lights the way. Our solar system is part of the Milky Way Galaxy and consists of our Sun, and planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, as well as dwarf planets such as Pluto, along with many moons and asteroids.

Series Information: Micro-Trains is excited to announce our newest series: The Solar System Series!
This N scale series will feature nine remarkable 60’ boxcars featuring stunning and iconic imagery of our eight planets and sun. Included on the side of the car is a profile of each planet’s main physical characteristics along with interesting facts and a diagram showing the order and relative size of each. Each Solar System Series car will be available with or without interior LED lighting, a feature that allows you to illuminate the planet’s image by use of a telescope-shaped magnetic wand.*
* Magnetic wand included with the first car in series. it will also be available for purchase separately.

Model Information: Prior to 2002 Micro-Trains often released engines made by other manufacturers which they repainted. This model represented a departure from that approach in that MTL contracted Affa Model Train Factory in China to produce the mechanism which MTL then brings back to the United States where they add a US-made and decorated shell. Affa closed in 2018 and Micro-Trains is currently (late Summer 2018) looking for a new manufacturer to produce the mechanisms. However, the tooling for this mechanism may be difficult for MTL to acquire from Affa as is often the case in these situations.

MTL's efforts were hugely successful and their FT release is every bit as good as the Atlas, Kato and Athearn products. It is a "modern" engine with a split-frame, blackened metal wheels, dual flywheels and (of course) Magnematic couplers. They can pull 40 or more cars and they run smoothly and quietly. They really excel at slow speeds in "creep mode".

DCC Information: Accepts Digitrax DN163M0 decoder: Product Link

Prototype History:
The EMD FT was a 1,350-horsepower (1,010 kW) diesel-electric locomotive produced between March 1939 and November 1945, by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division. The "F" stood for 1400 horsepower (rounded from 1350) and the "T" for twin, as it came standard in a two-unit set. The design was developed from the TA model built for the C,RI&P in 1937, and was similar in cylinder count, axle count, length and layout. All told 555 cab-equipped A units were built, along with 541 cabless booster B units, for a grand total of 1,096 units. The locomotives were all sold to customers in the United States. It was the first model in EMD's very successful F-unit series of cab unit freight diesels, and was the locomotive that convinced many U.S. railroads that the diesel-electric freight locomotive was the future. Many rail historians consider the FT one of the most important locomotive models of all time.

The first units produced for a customer were built in December 1940 and January 1941 for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway and numbered the 100 set. These were the first diesel-electric locomotives ever produced with dynamic braking, a system developed at the insistence of the railroad and with its assistance. Initially the four-unit, coupler-equipped set featured two booster units between two cab units in the manner of the demonstrator set. The Brotherhoods of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen, however, insisted that the two cabs required two crews, so the railway had EMD produce extra boosters, and renumbered its earliest sets into four unit sets with one cab unit and three boosters. Negotiation with the unions soon rectified the situation, but as the road's earliest units were geared for higher speeds than subsequent units, these sets continued to be composed of one FTA cab unit and three FTB boosters. This is why the road had ten more FTB booster units than FTA cab units.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
Micro-Trains sometimes makes fantasy cars using their own company name as the railroad name.



Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

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: CMK on 2020-08-04 12:30:05. Last edited by CMK on 2020-12-03 16:58:25

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