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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 00 069 - Flatcar, 89 Foot, TOFC - Pacific Fruit Express

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 00 069 - Flatcar, 89 Foot, TOFC - Pacific Fruit Express Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line and irwinsjournal.com


Stock Number 993 00 069
Secondary Stock Number 993 00 069
Original Retail Price $129.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Flatcar 89 Foot TOFC
Prototype Vehicle Flatcar, 89 Foot, TOFC (Details)
Road or Company Name Pacific Fruit Express (Details)
Reporting Marks PFE
Road or Reporting Number multi
Paint Color(s) Orange with black lettering
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 3
Multipack ID Number 993 00 069
Series Name Runner Pack
Series Release/Issue Number 69
Release Date 2012-11-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 89 Foot 4 Inch
Model Variety TOFC
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Each car comes with two styles of trailer hitches. The first of these prototypical hitches represents a rigid hitch in the elevated position for use when hauling trailers. The second hitch is in the closed, retracted position for use when the flatcar is running empty.
Note: the hole in the trailer hitch in elevated position is a bit tight to accommodate the trailer hook pin of the Micro-Trains Fruehauf trailer box vans; it requires to widen it slightly.

Prototype History:
A flatcar (US) (also flat car (US) or flat wagon (UIC)) is a piece of railroad (US) or railway (non-US) rolling stock that consists of an open, flat deck mounted on a pair of trucks (US) or bogies (UK), one at each end containing four or six wheels. Occasionally, flat cars designed to carry extra heavy or extra large loads are mounted on a pair (or rarely, more) of bogeys under each end . The deck of the car can be wood or steel, and the sides of the deck can include pockets for stakes or tie-down points to secure loads. Flatcars designed for carrying machinery have sliding chain assemblies recessed in the deck.

Flatcars are used for loads that are too large or cumbersome to load in enclosed cars such as boxcars. They are also often used to transport intermodal containers (shipping containers) or trailers as part of intermodal freight transport shipping.

TOFC (Trailer On Flat Car, a.k.a. piggy-back) cars came is various length to accommodate usually two trailers: 50' for two 24' trailers, 75' for two 35' trailers, 85' for two 40' trailers and 89' for two 45' trailers.

The 89' flats were introduced by the late 1960's and progressively replaced the 85' in the late 1970's given the introduction of 45' trailers. The common "Triple 28'/Twin 45" allowed versatile configurations.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
Pacific Fruit Express (reporting mark PFE) was an American railroad refrigerator car leasing company that at one point was the largest refrigerator car operator in the world. The company was founded on December 7, 1906 as a joint venture between the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It began operation on October 1, 1907, with a fleet of 6,600 refrigerator cars built by the American Car and Foundry Company (ACF).

In 1923, the Western Pacific Railroad joined the venture by leasing its own, brand new fleet of 2775 reefers to PFE. They were painted in standard PFE colors with only WP heralds on the cars instead of the paired UP-SP markings. The WP cars were all retired by the late 1950s, among the last wooden reefers in PFE's fleet. WP ended its partnership with PFE in late 1967 and joined Fruit Growers Express instead.

PFE's assets were divided between the UP and SP when the company was split on April 1, 1978. It is now a UP subsidiary.

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 2016-01-15 17:24:46. Last edited by gdm on 2020-05-29 13:57:02

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