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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 05 150 - Autorack, Enclosed, Tri-Level - Various - 995414, 786420, 995348

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 05 150 - Autorack, Enclosed, Tri-Level - Various - 995414, 786420, 995348 Weathered Pack Set Number Twelve


N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 05 150 - Autorack, Enclosed, Tri-Level - Various - 995414, 786420, 995348


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 993 05 150
Original Retail Price $239.95
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Autorack 89 Foot Tri-Level Enclosed Side
Prototype Autorack, Enclosed, Tri-Level (Details)
Road or Company Name Various (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 995414, 786420, 995348
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Multipack ID Number 993 05 150
Series Name Weathered
Series Release/Issue Number 12
Release Date 2013-08-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Autorack
Model Subtype Enclosed
Model Variety Tri-Level 89 Foot
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era V: Modern (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160
UPC/GTIN12 Number 695140046201



Specific Item Information: Weathered Graffiti Car Set "STEEL".

Prototype History:
For many years, automobiles were carried in boxcars like other freight. The relative light weight of the cars for their size meant that these boxcars reached their volume capacity far faster than their weight limit. Loading cars through the side doors was also challenging and inefficient. End door boxcars helped with the loading, but could still only be loaded one at a time. Due to these limitations, modified flatcars, known as autoracks, began to appear in the 1960s. At first, these cars were open sided, with the cargo exposed, but later cars added the protection of aluminum sides to enclose the automobiles within.

Enclosed autoracks come in two basic configurations. Bi-level racks have a two decks: the floor of the flatcar itself, as well as one elevated deck. These cars can haul two rows of taller vehicles like vans and trucks. Tri-level racks have an extra deck and can carry three rows of conventional automobiles. Up until the 1990s, tri-level cars were far more common, but with the rise in popularity of the SUV, the number of bi-level cars has grown quickly over the past 20 years.

Road Name History: This set of items is comprised of more than one name. Please look at the component items for details on the specific roadnames and/or manufacturers.

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: gdm on 2016-02-19 14:03:37. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-08-09 21:10:44

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