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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 81030/1 - Container, Intermodal, 40 Foot, Ribbed Side - Neptune Orient Lines - 4180892

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 81030/1 - Container, Intermodal, 40 Foot, Ribbed Side - Neptune Orient Lines - 4180892

Stock Number 81030/1
Secondary Stock Number 461 00 030
Brand Micro-Trains
Aftermarket Decorator Micro-Trains Line
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Container 40 Foot Ribbed Side
Prototype Description Container, Intermodal, 40 Foot, Ribbed Side
Road or Company Name Neptune Orient Lines (Details)
Reporting Marks NOSU
Road or Reporting Number 4180892
Paint Color(s) Silver
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Release Date 1997-10-01
Item Category Container
Model Type Intermodal
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Dry, Rib Side

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Specific Item Information: Operating Doors

Model Information: An intermodal container is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport ? from ship to rail to truck ? without unloading and reloading their cargo. Intermodal containers are primarily used to store and transport materials and products efficiently and securely in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system, but smaller numbers are in regional use as well. These containers are known under a number of names, such as simply container, cargo or freight container, ISO container, shipping, sea or ocean container, container van or (Conex) box, sea or c can.

Prototype Description: The development of shipping containers reached a turning point in the late 1970s when standardization began to take place. Prior to this time numerous designs and sizes of containers were seen throughout the world. The true intermodal era began in the 1980s with the expanding world economy, Panama Canal ship size restrictions, intermodal railway car (wagon) designs and the setting of ISO standards for international shipping containers.

Today's commonly seen steel all-corrugated ISO containers still have some variations, primarily the doors. The new Atlas model will be a standard-height 40-footer which will exhibit a range of door styles, roofs, and front walls to more closely match the variations in the prototype containers seen throughout the world.

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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-27 00:03:19. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-09 10:48:05

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