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Micro-Trains - 549 53 040 - Reefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical - Toys For Tots - 2009

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BrandMicro-Trains
Stock Number549 53 040
Secondary Stock Number54953040
ManufacturerMicro-Trains
Body StyleMicro-Trains Reefer 51 Foot Steel Mechanical
Prototype VehicleReefer, 50 Foot, Mechanical (Details)
Road or Company NameToys For Tots (Details)
Reporting MarksTOYX
Road or Reporting Number2009
Additional Markings/SloganOperation Toy Train
Paint Color(s)Black & Blue with Red Stripe
Print Color(s)White, Red, Blue & Black
Paint SchemeMarine Blue Dress - Toys For Tots
Coupler TypeMicro-Trains
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
MultipackYes
Multipack Count3
Multipack ID Number983 01 272
Multipack Element3
Announcement Date2023-05-31
Release Date2023-11-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeReefer
Model Subtype51 Foot
Model VarietySteel
RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)



Specific Item Information: Operation Toy Train operates a special annual collection train. Each year, the train collects over 25,000 donated toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Foundation, whose primary goal is, through the gift of a new toy, help bring the joy of Christmas and send a message of hope to America's less fortunate children. www.OperationToyTrain.org • www.ToysForTots.org . Plaques require modeler installation. 10% of all proceeds will be donated to the Toys for Tots Foundation

Road Numbers: DRRV 1775, 1947 & 2009
Prototype History:
The purpose of a mechanical reefer is to keep perishable items cold. Early reefers were of all wood construction and used ice for cooling. By the 1940s, new reefers were being built entirely of steel. Insulating techniques improved to the point where economical refrigeration could be accomplished using steel side plates in place of wood sheathing. Fifty foot mechanical reefers date back to at least the late 50s / early 60s.

The mechanical reefers could keep a more regular temperature, and often times colder than what the ice bunker cars were capable of. Initially mechanical reefers were used primarily in frozen food service. This would soon change as mechanical refrigeration began to replace ice-based systems. Soon after, mechanical refrigeration units replaced the “armies” of personnel required to re-ice the cars.
Road Name History:
Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. It was founded in 1947 by reservist Major Bill Hendricks.

The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity located in Triangle, Virginia, funds, raise funds for, and supports the program.

Toys for Tots began as a Los Angeles charitable effort in 1947. Major Bill Hendricks, USMCR, was inspired by his wife Diane when she tried to donate a homemade Raggedy Ann doll to a needy child but could not find any organization to do so. At her suggestion, he gathered a group of local Marine reservists, including Lieutenant Colonel John Hampton, who coordinated and collected some 5,000 toys for local children that year from collection bins placed outside Warner Bros. movie theaters. Jon B. Riffel also helped found the organization.Their efforts were successful. In 1948, a feasibility report for the Marines using it as a national public relations and recruitment tool was written by Maj. Donald G Clarke USMCR. Toys For Tots was launched as a national campaign. Hendricks used his position as director of Public Relations for Warner Brothers Studio to enlist celebrity support, as well as have Walt Disney and his animators design the red toy train logo.A theme song for the program was written in 1956 by Sammy Fain and Paul Francis Webster, and would be recorded by Nat King Cole, Jo Stafford, Peggy Lee, among others
Brand/Importer 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.
Item created by: CNW400 on 2023-11-16 11:06:51

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