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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 985 00 920 - Locomotive - NASA - 201 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 985 00 920
Secondary Stock Number 985 00 920
Original Retail Price $49.95
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Credit Link
Body Style Micro Trains Misc Models
Road or Company Name NASA (Details)
Reporting Marks NLAX
Road or Reporting Number 201
Paint Color(s) Black, White and Yellow
Print Color(s) Black and Red
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Ready-to-Run No
Series Name NASA
Announcement Date 2017-11-01
Release Date 2017-11-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 83 Foot
Model Variety 70 Ton
Prototype Locomotive
Region North America
Era/Epoch All Eras


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Specific Item Information: This 83 foot, 70-ton tank car was purchased new from Linde in 1965, and held 34,400 gallons of refrigerated liquid hydrogen for use in support of the Space Shuttle Program. Refrigeration equipment was housed in one end, along with a manway that provided access to the interior.

Body Style Information: Micro-Trains uses this body style (985) for various models procured from other manufacturers for its train sets.

Road/Company Information:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower established NASA in 1958 with a distinctly civilian (rather than military) orientation encouraging peaceful applications in space science. The National Aeronautics and Space Act was passed on July 29, 1958, disestablishing NASA's predecessor, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The new agency became operational on October 1, 1958.

Since that time, most US space exploration efforts have been led by NASA, including the Apollo moon-landing missions, the Skylab space station, and later the Space Shuttle. Currently, NASA is supporting the International Space Station and is overseeing the development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the Space Launch System and Commercial Crew vehicles. The agency is also responsible for the Launch Services Program (LSP) which provides oversight of launch operations and countdown management for unmanned NASA launches.

From Wikipedia

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 10:37:23

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