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Red Caboose - RN-17228-3 - Boxcar, 62 Foot, Insulated, Beer - Manufacturer's Railway - 3-Pack

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N Scale - Red Caboose - RN-17228-3 - Boxcar, 62 Foot, Insulated, Beer - Manufacturer
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Stock NumberRN-17228-3
Original Retail Price$62.85
BrandRed Caboose
ManufacturerRed Caboose
Body StyleRed Caboose Boxcar 62 Foot Insulated Beer
Image Provider's WebsiteLink
Prototype VehicleBoxcar, 62 Foot, Insulated, Beer (Details)
Road or Company NameManufacturer's Railway (Details)
Reporting MarksMRS
Road or Reporting Number3-Pack
Paint Color(s)Grey with Maroon & Orange Stripes
Print Color(s)White
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Count3
Multipack ID NumberRN-17228-3
Release Date2013-07-15
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeBoxcar
Model Subtype62 Foot
Model VarietyInsulated, Beer
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced1970s-1980s

Model Information: Red Caboose started production of this car in the 1990s. This is a fairly typical 2nd generation piece of rolling stock. Like other N Scale models from Red Caboose, this tooling is currently (2017) owned by Fox Valley. The Red Caboose releases supply the brake wheel as a user-applied detail which must be glued on. The couplers are attached to the trucks and the version we saw has MTL trucks and couplers, though these may have been an aftermarket modification. The detail and printing are good, but the underframe is typical Red-Caboose low quality in terms of lack of detail. Not that most people look at underframes, but these just seem like an afterthought.
Prototype History:
Built by Pacific Car & Foundry (PC&F), these cars were delivered in either 10' 6" or 12' 0" wide door versions. First built in the mid-70s with production continuing into the early 80s, many cars are still in service today disguised in new paint and lettering due to changes in ownership.
These long box cars are typically found heading to and from breweries as they were designed to haul beer and other commodities that required the product to remain at a constant temperature during transit. This car could accomplish this without varying the temperature more than 1 degree.
Road Name History:
The Manufacturers Railway Company (reporting mark MRS) is a defunct railway company in St. Louis, Missouri. It was owned by Anheuser-Busch brewery.
The company's line connected with the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis and the Alton and Southern Railroad in East St. Louis, Illinois. The MRS accessed the Alton and Southern Railroad utilizing trackage rights over the Terminal Railroad Association of St. Louis via the MacArthur Bridge. MRS owned railroad cars used to transport Anheuser-Busch's products. It also provided locomotive maintenance and painting services to other companies.
Brand/Importer Information:
Originally Red Caboose was a manufacturer of HO and N Scale model railroading items. It was located in Mead, Colorado, and was founded in 1990 by Leon Fairbanks. Red Caboose manufactured highly accurate, well detailed N, HO, and O Scale freight cars and locomotives.

Red Caboose closed its doors in January of 2015. Red Caboose N Scale has been sold to Fox Valley Models and HO was sold to InterMountain Railway. Many of the Red Caboose toolings have seen re-releases from Fox Valley since the acquisition. We just wish they would clean up the underframes. Red Caboose always went light on the details where they thought people wouldn't look.
Manufacturer Information: While they were in business, Red Caboose split its production runs between the US and China. Which models were produced where was a function of which body style and which run. Furthermore, which Chinese company was used for production is something we would love to find out.
Item created by: CNW400 on 2021-02-11 10:03:36. Last edited by Alain LM on 2022-08-12 13:10:45

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