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N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW 12 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 412


N Scale - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - BLW 12 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - Brooklyn Locomotive Works - 412


Stock Number BLW 12
Brand Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Commissioned By Brooklyn Locomotive Works
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Sliding Door No Roofwalk
Road or Company Name Brooklyn Locomotive Works (Details)
Reporting Marks BLW
Road or Reporting Number 412
Paint Color(s) Light Blue with White Door
Print Color(s) Black and White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Series Name BLW Decals
Series Release/Issue Number 12B
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Steel, No Roofwalk
Region North America
Era Era III: 1939 - 1957
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Scale 1/160
Body Material Plastic


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Specific Item Information: Only 50 made. BLW custom decorated this series of cars. These cars are very rare and highly collectible.

Model Information: This is a model of a PS-1 boxcar with no roofwalk.

Prototype History:
The 40' Boxcar is widely known as one of the most popular freight cars used by railroads as they transitioned from steam to diesel. In particular the Pullman Standard or PS-1 design was one of the most popular and was widely used by North American railroads. These boxcars were built beginning in 1947 and share the same basic design, with certain elements such as door size, door style or roof type varying among the different railroads and production years. When production of these cars ceased in 1963, over 100,000 had been produced.

So just what is a PS-1? Well the simple answer is it is any boxcar built by Pullman Standard from 1947 on. The design changed over the years – sometimes subtly, sometimes for customer request, and sometimes in a larger way. In general, most PS-1’s built from 1947 to 1961 share the same dimensions and basic construction techniques. These cars all had a length of 40′, a height of 10’5″ or 10’6″, welded sides and ends and roof of Pullman’s own design. The greatest variation was in the size and style of doors used. Pullman Standard also offered 50′ and later 60′ boxcars – also with the PS-1 designation.

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:
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 2017-09-23 09:39:21. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-04 19:59:37

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