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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 111 00 250 - Autorack, 89 Foot, Tri-Level, Enclosed Side - Conrail - 973540

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 111 00 250 - Autorack, 89 Foot, Tri-Level, Enclosed Side - Conrail - 973540 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 111 00 250
Secondary Stock Number 111 00 250
Original Retail Price $47.95
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
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Body Style Micro Trains Autorack 89 Foot Tri-Level Enclosed Side
Road or Company Name Conrail (Details)
Reporting Marks TTOX
Road or Reporting Number 973540
Paint Color(s) Brown, Aluminum and Yellow
Print Color(s) Black
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Announcement Date 2017-11-01
Release Date 2017-11-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Autorack
Model Subtype Enclosed
Model Variety Tri-Level 89 Foot
Prototype Autorack, 89 Foot, Tri-Level, Enclosed Side
Region North America


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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.

Road/Company Information:
The Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail (reporting mark CR), was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeast U.S. between 1976 and 1999. Conrail is a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "rail" from the name of the company.

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.

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: trovestarprime on 2017-11-14 10:13:09

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