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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 30100 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel - Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe - 7743

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Commissioned By Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Production Type Special Run
Stock Number 30100
Secondary Stock Number 030 00 100
Original Retail Price $8.25
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot Double Door Rib Side No Roofwalk
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel (Details)
Road or Company Name Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe (Details)
Reporting Marks CPLT
Road or Reporting Number 7743
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Standard
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Steel Rib, Double Sliding Door, No Roofwalk
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160
Track Gauge N standard
Series Name BLW Body Colored Roof



Series Information: Manufactured exclusively for Brooklyn Locomotive Works. Using the same stock number as the Kadee's regular production model, this special run Kadee Micro-Trains car has a body colored roof, whereas the regular production car has a silver roof.
Seven (7) different of these colored roof 50' boxcars were produced, 50 each.

Model Information: Introduced in May of 1983, Micro-Trains has produced 57 different versions of this car through March of 2016, making it about 1% (or slightly above average) of their production. The car represents a fairly common prototype: 50 foot, double-door, exterior post box car. Like most sliding door models produced by Micro-Trains, the doors on this model do open.

Prototype History:
While the 40-foot boxcar was a standard design, and it did come in different setups depending on the type of freight being transported, it was not large enough for efficient mass commodity transportation. The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. Pullman Standard and ACF were some of the most prolific builders of these cars.

These cars came in many variations. For instance, double-doors became practical for large/wide loads, end-doors useful for very large lading such as automobiles, and interior tie-down equipment was helpful in keeping sensitive products from being damaged in-transit. In 1954 the Santa Fe developed its "Shock Control" (and later "Super Shock Control") technology for new boxcars with upgraded suspension systems to further improve the ride-quality and reduce the chance of damaging freight.

In the 1960s, the flush, "plug" style sliding door was introduced as an option that provides a larger door to ease loading and unloading of certain commodities. The tight-fitting doors are better insulated and allow a car's interior to be maintained at a more even temperature.

Road Name History:
The CPLT was established at the end of 1911 by the Michigan-California Lumber Company to take over the standard gauge portion of the bankrupt Placerville & Lake Tahoe Railway. The 8 mile line linked Camino, California with Southern Pacific’s Placerville Branch. The primary source of traffic was lumber cut from the El Dorado National Forest in the Sierra Nevada Range. The lumber traffic dried up by the 1980s and in 1986, the CPLT and Southern Pacific’s Placerville Branch were both abandoned.

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:
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.
In October 1990 Kadee separated in two companies, with the newly created Micro-Trains® Line Co. continuing the Z, Nn3, and N Scale product ranges, with Kadee retaining the HO range.

Commissioner Information: Brooklyn Locomotive Works is a hobby shop, specialized in N-scale, located in Manalapan, New Jersey, that also sells on-line. BLW regularly commissions special runs.
The company was founded by Pete Postel who announced that he would retired by end of 2018. His brother Paul should continue the business from his own shop Hogtrainz.com.

Brooklyn Locomotive Works (BLW) released special runs from various manufacturers under its own brand until approx. the mid-1980s. Thereafter the special runs where sold under the manufacturer's name and denoted as special runs for BLW. Hence in this database, we assign the BLW brand in the former case, and the original manufacturer's brand in the latter.

Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-08 04:12:40. Last edited by Lethe on 2020-05-07 00:00:00

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