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Specific Item Information: This 89’ tri-level closed autorack is brown with white lettering and runs on Barber Roller Bearing trucks. Carrying a Whitehead & Kales fully-enclosed rack, this Conrail autorack was built in the late 1960s and installed on a TTGX 89’ flat car. Until the late 1980s, most Conrail autoracks did not have roofs as track clearances did not generally permit the excess height required.
Prototype Information: Autoracks are unique in that railroads leased the lower deck from companies like Trailer Train but owned the auto enclosure on top. Modern enclosed cars like this evolved from open autoracks to ensure the safety of their expensive cargo from road wear and vandalism. Another unique feature is that these cars had bottom decks that were only 2' 8" above the rail head to allow for the excess height of these cars to clear overhead obstacles.
The U.S. federal government created Conrail to take over the potentially profitable lines of multiple bankrupt carriers, including the Penn Central Transportation Company and Erie Lackawanna Railway. With the benefit of industry-wide regulatory requirements being reduced (via the 4R Act and the Staggers Act), Conrail began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987. The two remaining Class I railroads in the East, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), agreed in 1997 to split the system approximately equally, returning rail freight competition to the Northeast by essentially undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that created Penn Central. Following Surface Transportation Board approval, CSX and NS took control in August 1998, and on June 1, 1999, began operating their portions of Conrail.
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.
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: Appin House on 2017-11-14 10:13:09
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