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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 103 91 061 - Boxcar, 60 Foot, Auto Parts - Santa Fe - 37551 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Production Type Special Run
Stock Number 103 91 061
Secondary Stock Number 103 91 061
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro Trains Boxcar 60 Foot Waffle Side
Prototype Boxcar, 60 Foot, Auto Parts (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks ATSF
Road or Reporting Number 37551
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Series Name ATSF Club Car
Release Date 2016-05-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 60 Foot
Model Variety Waffle Side, Double Plug Door, Hi-Cube
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 1958 - 1978
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: This boxcar features waffle sides and double plug doors in a Hi-Cube configuration. The prototypes were built by Berwick in late 1978 for Conrail. They were later transferred to Norfolk Southern through mergers. As a high-cube car, it exceeds Plate F dimensions and was designed for Auto Parts service with Ford, and later General Motors. It now wears the NS "no-stripe" paint scheme.

Prototype History:
In the early 1960s, the auto industry, looking for better and more efficient ways of shipping parts to assembly plants, worked with railroads and car builders to develop specialized freight cars. The primary requirement was the ability to handle a variety of different parts without the use of custom-built interior fixtures and racks. The 60 foot cars were for higher density items such as engines, transmissions and castings. Their big brothers, the 86 footers handled lower-density automotive components such as stamped parts.

Various manufacturers built these cars including ACF, NSC and Pullman. National Steel Car's 103-ton, 60-foot, 9-inch box car is equipped with rub rails and interior lading securement; double 8-foot plug doors that are 12-feet, 9-inches high, have a 16-foot clear opening, 60,000 pound nailable steel floor and 15-inch end of car cushioning. NSC box cars are available with a variety of options and can be tailored to suit specific shipping needs.

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

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 2016-11-18 09:53:34. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-17 08:06:49

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