N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC MTL 08-79 - Passenger Car, Troop Kitchen, American Car & Foundry - Atomic Energy Commission - 20085

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC MTL 08-79 - Passenger Car, Troop Kitchen, American Car & Foundry - Atomic Energy Commission - 20085

Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Stock Number NSC MTL 08-79
Original Retail Price $40.00
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains American Car & Foundry Troop Kitchen Car
Road/Company Name Atomic Energy Commission
Reporting Marks AEC
Road/Reporting Number 20085
Paint Color(s) Green
Print Color(s) Yellow
Body Style Injection Molded Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date 2008-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Passenger
Model Subtype Troop Kitchen
Model Variety American Car & Foundry
Prototype Passenger Car, Troop Kitchen, American Car & Foundry
Prototype American Car & Foundry
Prototype Troop Kitchen Car
Prototype 1943 - 1944
Body Style North America
Body Style Era III: 1939 - 1957

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Prototype Information: With no Interstate highway system and few passenger aircraft readily available, World War II troop movements within the United States were primarily consummated by train.

Needing to move huge numbers of enlisted personnel to and from various bases and assignments, the government found itself lacking enough standard railway passenger cars to complete this daily task.

Manufactured along the lines of standard Association of American Railroads (AAR) fifty foot steel boxcars, with their Allied Full Cushion high-speed swing motion trucks, light-weight passenger car-like flat ends and doors, freight car-like floors, roofs, and sides, a row of windows, and a centered door along each body side, designed to utilize existing design elements, fixtures, manufacturing lines, materials, and production equipment, while balancing the nation's need for steel to construct tanks and ships, the assemblage of hybrid troop cars efficiently resolved the issue of railroad passenger equipment shortages.

Requisitioned by the U.S. Office of Defense Transportation, the Pullman-Standard Car Manufacturing Company produced 2,400 troop sleepers and 10 kitchen cars, while American Car & Foundry built 440 kitchen cars and 200 hospital cars.

Painted olive drab with "Pullman" lettered above the center door, though the troop sleepers were owned by the government, they were managed by Pullman, who staffed the cars with company employed porters.

Dependant upon car availability, a typical troop train consist was comprised of an assortment of coaches, troop sleepers for enlisted men, standard full-sized Pullmans for officers, and mid-consist kitchens, which were staffed by U.S. Army cooks and designed to feed approximately 250 men each.

In service through 1947, the U.S. Army Transportation Corps sold the bulk of its lightly used fleet of troop cars to railroad companies, who ended up converting some of their acquisitions into baggage cars, cabooses, express service boxcars, mail storage cars, or refrigerator cars.

Utilized as railroad Maintenance of Way (MOW) bunk cars, some of the military surplus troop sleepers retained their sleeper configurations.

Carrying USAX reporting marks and road numbers with a "G" prefix, three of Pullman's troop kitchens were converted at Fort Holabird, in Baltimore, Maryland, to railway guard cars, which were used to house security detachments assigned to watch over rail shipments of classified cargo (e.g., missiles, nuclear materials, and/or military ordnance).

Prototype Manufacturer Information:
Lead by William Kenny Bixby, of Missouri Car and Foundry, the American Car & Foundry Company (AC&F, which was later shortened to ACF) was founded in 1899, with a capital investment of $60,000 and the merger of Murray, Dougal & Company's Milton Car Works (which was established in 1864 and had delivered one of the world's first tank cars, an Amos Densmore design that was comprised of a pair of wood stave barrels that were mounted on a flatcar) and twelve other railcar manufacturers.

Expanding into the automotive industry through its acquisition of St Louis based Carter Carburetor, ACF became further diversified through its purchases of Fageol Motors Co, the Hall-Scott Motor Car Company, and J. G. Brill Company.

Established as a tank car leasing company, Shippers Car Line was acquired by ACF in 1927.

During both World Wars, ACF manufactured a very diverse range of military products such as aircraft tail assemblies, ammunition, armor plating, artillery gun mounts, artillery shells, cloth shrinking machines and rollers, field kitchens, hospital cars. pack saddles, submarine chasers, tanks, and wooden tent pegs.

So diversified by 1954, the company name was changed to ACF Industries, Inc., which better reflected the corporation's various interests.

The last passenger car produced by ACF was manufactured in 1959.

In 1985, ACF established Jackson Manufacturing, a fabrication, machining, and railcar parts supplier.

In order to produce hopper car outlets and components for the firm's pressure differential hopper cars, in 1988, ACF acquired an aluminum foundry called Corbitt Manufacturing.

A diversified steel casting foundry called Southwest Steel Casting, a manufacturer of construction, mining, and oil field products, who also supplied car body castings to ACF, was acquired by the latter in 1989.

In 1994, through the acquisition of the railcar component manufacturing and maintenance units of ACF, American Railcar Industries, Inc. (ARI) was established.

Located in Paragould, Arkansas, in 1995, ARI opened its first major railcar assembly plant.

In Marmaduke, Arkansas, ARI opened a second, tank car assembly facility in 1999.

In order to increase its alternative sources for couplers, heavy castings, and yokes, ARI acquired a one-third stake in ACF's Ohio Castings.

In 2006, the year that ARI went public on NASDAQ, further expanding its railcar sub assembly and small components production capabilities, the corporation purchased Custom Steel Inc.

With a joint venture axle and manufacturing facility in Paragould, Arkansas, 2009 saw the launch of Axis, LLC.

Railcar leasing operations focused on hopper and tank cars were established by ARI in 2011.

Further expanding its railcar service capabilities, ARI opened a new repair facility in Brookhaven, Mississippi, in 2014.

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.

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.

For an in-depth guide to the history and collecting information for Micro-Trains products, please consult our Micro-Trains History and Collector's Guide.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-03-23 10:25:10. Last edited by gdm on 2017-03-23 10:25:32

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