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N Scale - Red Caboose - RN-17215-31 - Boxcar, 62 Foot, Insulated, Beer - Tropicana - 1201

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Stock Number RN-17215-31
Original Retail Price $22.95
Brand Red Caboose
Manufacturer Red Caboose
Body Style Red Caboose Boxcar 62 Foot Insulated Beer
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 62 Foot, Insulated, Beer (Details)
Road or Company Name Tropicana (Details)
Reporting Marks TPIX
Road or Reporting Number 1201
Paint Color(s) Orange
Print Color(s) White & Green
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 62 Foot
Model Variety Insulated, Beer
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1970s-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:
Tropicana Products, Inc. is an American multinational company which primarily makes fruit-based beverages. It was founded in 1947 by Anthony T. Rossi in Bradenton, Florida. Since 1998, it has been owned by PepsiCo. Tropicana's headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois. The company specializes in the production of orange juice.

The Tropicana story begins with Anthony T. Rossi, who arrived in the U.S. with just $25 in his pocket. He founded Tropicana in 1947 with the mission of making the goodness of the finest fruit accessible to everyone. He developed flash pasteurization and pioneered orange juice transport in 1970 via train from Florida to New York. As Tropicana continues to grow, we have Anthony Rossi to thank for creating the spirit of innovation and fresh thinking that continues at Tropicana today.

From Wikipedia

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: acsxfan1 on 2022-02-17 09:14:15. Last edited by Alain LM on 2022-08-12 13:10:45

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