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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSE MTL 21-65 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Micro-Trains Line - 2021-1

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Commissioned ByN Scale Enthusiast
Production TypeSpecial Run
Stock NumberNSE MTL 21-65
Secondary Stock Number181 91 008
Original Retail Price$58.50
BrandMicro-Trains
ManufacturerMicro-Trains Line
Body StyleMicro-Trains 181 Boxcar 50 Foot PS Plug Door
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleBoxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door (Details)
Road or Company NameMicro-Trains Line (Details)
Reporting MarksBack The Blue And Green
Road or Reporting Number2021-1
Paint Color(s)White
Print Color(s)Black, Blue Purple & Green
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileStandard
MultipackYes
Multipack Count8
Multipack ID NumberNSE MTL 21-73
Multipack Element1
Series NameSpecial Edition
Series Release/Issue Number1
Announcement Date2021-05-01
Release Date2020-10-27
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeBoxcar
Model Subtype50 Foot
Model VarietySteel, Single Plug Door
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale1/160



Specific Item Information: Road Numbers 2021-1 2021-2 2021-3 2021-4 2021-5 2021-6 2021-7 2021-8
Model Information: Micro-Trains first introduced this body style in July of 2017. It models a series of boxcars built by Pullman-Standard in the 1950s that feature 10 plug doors, short ladders and no roofwalk.
Prototype History:
The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. Pullman Standard and ACF were some of the most prolific builders of these cars.

In the 1960s, the flush, "plug" style sliding door was introduced as an option that provides a larger door to ease loading and unloading of certain commodities. The tight-fitting doors are better insulated and allow a car's interior to be maintained at a more even temperature.
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
Commissioner Information: The N Scale Enthusiast Society (previously known as The N Scale Collector until 2011) was established by Wick Brandon, as a sole proprietorship and was a stand alone company until Wick passed away in 2000. The company has been owned by Micro Trains Line since then.

Wick was the founder of TexNRails and he established NSE right after he sold the pioneering N Scale retailer to the Herz family, and the store moved to Florida. Wick and Lea moved their family from Texas to Bakersfield California, and the entire operation was run from his home in Bakersfield. George Johnsen, the current Chairman, came on board as Associate Editor starting with the third issue of the magazine, and the growth of the organization hasn’t stopped. Wick and George did the first convention in Medford in 1993, and added staff and advisors as the organization grew. Wick held the first auction for the NSE in 1995.

The NSE mission statement reads: “This organization is dedicated to the preservation of the history of N Scale Model Railroading, and the railroads they represent.”

They do:
- Special Run Cars
- Regular Auctions of "collectable" Cars
- Annual Conventions
- Bi-Monthly Magazine
Item created by: vincent.stephen on 2020-10-28 11:07:23. Last edited by CNW400 on 2023-03-09 13:19:42

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