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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 103040 - Boxcar, 60 Foot, Berwick, Hi-Cube Waffle - Milwaukee Road - 4292

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 103040 - Boxcar, 60 Foot, Berwick, Hi-Cube Waffle - Milwaukee Road - 4292 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 103040
Secondary Stock Number 103 00 040
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro Trains Boxcar 60 Foot Waffle Side
Prototype Boxcar, 60 Foot, Berwick, Hi-Cube Waffle (Details)
Road or Company Name Milwaukee Road (Details)
Reporting Marks MILW
Road or Reporting Number 4292
Paint Color(s) yellow with black lettering
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 2004-08-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 60 Foot
Model Variety Waffle Side, Double Plug Door, Hi-Cube
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: This boxcar features waffle sides and double plug doors in a Hi-Cube configuration. The prototypes were built by Berwick in late 1978 for Conrail. They were later transferred to Norfolk Southern through mergers. As a high-cube car, it exceeds Plate F dimensions and was designed for Auto Parts service with Ford, and later General Motors. It now wears the NS "no-stripe" paint scheme.

Prototype History:
The modern 100 ton, high-cube, 60’ boxcar has become ubiquitous in the modern rail scene. These cars are designed to carry a myriad of loads, from auto parts to forest products. This 60 foot box car design was produced by Berwick in 1978 for Conrail.

Road Name History:
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (often referred to as the Milwaukee Road) (reporting mark MILW), was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980, when its Pacific Extension (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) was abandoned following a bankruptcy.

The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986.

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.

Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by gdm on 2018-12-04 13:25:23

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