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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW 01 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk - Erie Lackawanna - 82230

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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW 01 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk - Erie Lackawanna - 82230


N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW 01 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk - Erie Lackawanna - 82230


Brand Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Stock Number BLW 01
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Commissioned By Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Sliding Door No Roofwalk
Road or Company Name Erie Lackawanna (Details)
Reporting Marks EL
Road or Reporting Number 82230
Paint Color(s) Light Brown
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Series Name BLW Decals
Series Release/Issue Number 1B
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, No Roofwalk
Prototype Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, No Roofwalk
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era IV: 1958 - 1978


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Specific Item Information: Only 50 made. BLW custom decorated this series of cars. I am guessing they were made by starting with Dimensional Data cars from MTL and then applying high-quality decals to the bodies, but it may be the case that BLW started with undecorated cars and the dimensional data is also a decal. Either way, these cars are very rare and highly collectible.

Road/Company Information:
The Erie Lackawanna Railway (reporting mark EL), known as the Erie Lackawanna Railroad until 1968, was formed from the 1960 merger of the Erie Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad. The official motto of the line was "The Friendly Service Route".

Like many railroads in the northeast already financially vulnerable from the expanding U.S. Interstate Highway System, the line was severely weakened fiscally by the extent, duration and record flood levels due to Hurricane Agnes in 1972. It would never recover, and most of the corporation's holdings were subsumed into the federal rescue purchases creating Conrail in 1976, ending its days as an operating railroad company.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information:
Brooklyn Locomotive works is a hobby shop that is located in Manalapan, New Jersey. Pete A. Postel founded BLW in 1979. They specialize in N Scale although they claim to cover other scales as well. In addition to serving as a volume discounter with competitive pricing for N Scale hobbyists, Brooklyn Locomotive works also often works with various manufacturers to create their own line of branded special runs. These special runs are usually only available through their retail operation (online or storefront). They also worked for a limited time in the early 1980s as a custom decorator. They bought undecorated kits from Micro-Trains and painstakingly custom painted and decaled a series of cars for collectors.

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.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-09-22 09:20:44

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