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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 092 00 020 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Rio Grande - 10116

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 092 00 020 - Covered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF Centerflow - Rio Grande - 10116 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line and irwinsjournal.com
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Stock Number092 00 020
Secondary Stock Number092 00 020
BrandMicro-Trains
ManufacturerMicro-Trains Line
Body StyleMicro-Trains 092 Hopper Covered 2-Bay ACF Centerflow 2980
Prototype VehicleCovered Hopper, 2-Bay, ACF Centerflow (Details)
Road or Company NameRio Grande (Details)
Reporting MarksD&RGW
Road or Reporting Number10116
Paint Color(s)gray with black lettering
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountTruck-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileStandard
Release Date2005-02-01
Item CategoryRolling Stock (Freight)
Model TypeCovered Hopper
Model Subtype2-Bay
Model VarietyACF Centerflow 2980 Cubic Foot
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale1/160



Model Information: This body style models an ACF Centerflow 2980 Cubic Foot 2-Bay Covered Hopper. Specifically the model represents the version as first produced in the 1960s. The model faithfully depicts the unique design features of the car. It rides on MTL Barber Roller Bearing trucks. The car features separate roof hatches, finely molded ladders and end supports as well as two detailed gravity outlets on the bottom of the car. Even though the model has a 1960s vintage, many are still in service today in secondary service on short lines and regional railroads. Along with the excellent molded detail, the top-grade printing and painting make these cars an must-have for any N Scale hopper fleet.
Prototype History:
The 2-bay covered hopper first entered service in the 1950s. The cars handle loads such as cement, sand and similar denser bulk commodities. In the 1960s, American Car and Foundry introduced the Centerflow design. The Centerflow relies on the car's rounded body to provide structural strength without the added weight of bracing, as well as making gravity unloading easier. This 2-bay car came in a 2,970-cubic foot capacity.

The first ACF covered hoppers were rib-side cars, like many others of the time. In the 1960's ACF eliminated the supporting ribs and started building what they called the Center Flow(R) hopper with a smooth, rounded side. The cars were built at several ACF plants, but the Huntington, West Virginia plant built only Center Flow cars since their inception and was the primary builder.
Road Name History:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

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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: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by George on 2024-01-26 20:28:50

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