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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 42551 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed - HIlls Brothers Coffee - 161

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Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 42551
Secondary Stock Number 042 00 100
Original Retail Price $3.75
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Wood Sheathed
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, Double Wood Sheathed (Details)
Road or Company Name HIlls Brothers Coffee (Details)
Reporting Marks HBCX
Road or Reporting Number 161
Paint Color(s) Light Brown
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1975-03-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Wood Sheathed with Horizontal Brake
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Prototype History:
Double sheathed all-wood boxcars in 34', 36' or 40' length were built with trussrods into the 1900's. By about 1910-15 cars often were being built of wood but with steel underframes. BTW many early boxcars were only about 8-1/2' high, though taller 10' cars were beginning to be built by the WW1 era (like the USRA wood boxcar) but that didn't become the norm until the late 1930's.

Later in the 20's-30's, some cars were built with double or single sheathed woodsides but steel underframe, roof and ends. In the later 30's into the 40's some older cars built with wood except for the steel underframes were rebuilt with steel ends and roofs. Some of these cars with steel roof and ends (either new or rebuilt) lasted into the 1960's.

During WW2, steel was in short supply, so some new boxcars were built with steel roof and ends, but wood sides. These too sometimes lasted into the "diesel era", although many were rebuilt with steel sides after the war.

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-TrainsĀ® Line Co. continuing the Z, Nn3, and N Scale product ranges, with Kadee retaining the HO range.

Item created by: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-09 22:22:51. Last edited by gdm on 2020-03-20 09:10:06

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