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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 986 00 070 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SW1500 - Mail Delivery

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 986 00 070 - Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SW1500 - Mail Delivery Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line and

Stock Number 986 00 070
Secondary Stock Number 986 00 070
Original Retail Price $114.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains 986 Diesel Engine SW1500
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, EMD SW1500 (Details)
Road or Company Name Mail Delivery (Details)
Reporting Marks Postcard
Paint Color(s) Blue, Red and Gray
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Series Name Postcard
Series Release/Issue Number 0
Release Date 2015-09-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype EMD
Model Variety SW1500
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Years Produced 1966-1974
Scale 1/160

Model Information: Micro-Trains introduced this model in 2014. It is MTL's first new locomotive model since their 2002 EMD FT release. The mechanism is very similar to the Life-Like mechanism they had previously used with several important upgrades including DCC-friendliness. The chassis is manufactured by Walthers/Life-Like in China. Apparently, Micro-Trains had finally run through the thousands of undecorated Life-Like SW9/1200's they had purchased for use in their train sets and needed a similar engine to serve the same purpose in their frequent new train-set releases. In response, Walthers (the current owner of Life-Like) was able to update the venerable mechanisms to modern standards. Micro-Trains makes and decorates the shells in their Oregon factory and combines them with the Walthers-supplied mechanisms. The new Micro-Trains/Walthers SW1500 is a solid upgrade from the original Life-Like switcher.

We asked Eric Smith from Micro-Trains why they elected to not use the same manufacturer for the Switchers as had made their FT units. He explained that the manufacturer of the FTs was no longer in business and that it was more efficient to use a revised version of the Life-Like switcher than to contract a complete new tooling from scratch.

The most important feature of the new mechanism is that it routes the power through a lightboard prior to sending it to the motor. This permits a drop-in DCC decoder upgrade. The motor performs similarly to the predecessor in that it can pull 15 or more cars on level track. The engine operation is similarly smooth and quiet.

The Walthers rep at the 2017 NSE convention stated that Walthers would also be releasing this locomotive with their own branding and shells "sometime in the future".

DCC Information: Newer (2017+?) releases accept TCS MT 1500 and Digitrax DN-126M2 decoders

Prototype History:
The EMD SW1500 was a 1,500 hp (1,119 kW) Diesel-electric locomotive intended for switching service and built by General Motors' Electro-Motive Division between June 1966 and January 1974. 808 examples were constructed. It was closely related to the less powerful EMD SW1000 model, forming a line of switchers powered by the new EMD 645 engine. The SW1500 replaced the SW1200 in the EMD product line, and was in turn replaced by the MP15DC.

The SW1500 was a substantially bulkier locomotive than the SW1200, with a much bulkier frame, larger cab and bigger hood. In many respects it was approaching a road switcher in abilities. While the SW1500 came as standard with AAR switcher trucks, the majority of them were delivered with the optional Flexicoil trucks which permitted speeds up to 60 mph (100 km/h). The SW1500 was, in fact, often operated as a road-switcher for branchline service, and continues in this role today.

From Wikipedia

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: gdm on 2015-07-19 18:39:21. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-04-17 09:29:01

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