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N Scale - Bachmann - 5085 - Open Hopper, 4-Bay, Offset - Minneapolis and St. Louis - 541085

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N Scale - Bachmann - 5085 - Open Hopper, 4-Bay, Offset - Minneapolis and St. Louis - 541085

N Scale - Bachmann - 5085 - Open Hopper, 4-Bay, Offset - Minneapolis and St. Louis - 541085

Stock Number 5085
Original Retail Price $1.50
Brand Bachmann
Manufacturer Bachmann
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Bachmann Open Hopper 4-Bay Offset
Prototype Description Open Hopper, 4-Bay, Offset
Road or Company Name Minneapolis and St. Louis (Details)
Reporting Marks MSL
Road or Reporting Number 541085
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1969-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 4-Bay
Model Variety Offset

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Model Information: These cars date back to the early days of N scale (late 60s / early 70s).
This model isn't really an accurate representation of any particular prototype; it is simply representative of the kind of 4-bay open hoppers that started appearing in the United States in the late 1920s (used primarily for coal service).

Road Name History: The Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway (M&StL) (reporting mark MSTL) was an American Class I railroad that built and operated lines radiating south and west from Minneapolis, Minnesota which existed for 90 years from 1870 to 1960.

The railway's most important route was between Minneapolis and Peoria, Illinois; a second major route extended from Minneapolis into eastern South Dakota, and other trackage served various areas in north-central Iowa and south-central Minnesota. The M&StL was founded in 1870, and expanded through line construction and acquisition until the early 20th century. Most of the railway's routes saw only relatively light traffic, and consequently the company's financial position was frequently precarious; the railroad operated under bankruptcy protection between 1923 and 1943. The M&StL was acquired by the Chicago and North Western Railway in 1960, and much of its former trackage was later abandoned.

In 1956 it reported 1550 million net ton-miles of revenue freight and 2 million passenger-miles on 1397 route-miles and 1748 track-miles operated; those totals don't include the 117-mile Minnesota Western.

From Wikipedia

Brand/Importer Information: Bachmann Industries (Bachmann Brothers, Inc.) is a Bermuda registered Chinese owned company, globally headquartered in Hong Kong; specializing in model railroading.

Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the home of its North American headquarters, Bachmann is today part of the Kader group, who model products are made at a Chinese Government joint-venture plant in Dongguan, China. Bachmann's brand is the largest seller, in terms of volume, of model trains in the world. Bachmann primarily specializes in entry level train sets, and premium offerings in many scales. The Spectrum line is the high quality, model railroad product line, offered in N, HO, Large Scale, On30, and Williams O gauge all aimed for the hobbyist market. Bachmann is the producer of the famous railroad village product line known as "Plasticville." The turnover for Bachmann model trains for the year ended 31 December 2006 was approximately $46.87 million, a slight increase of 3.36% as compared to 2005.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-12-19 07:06:15

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