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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC MTL 09-50 - Flatcar, 57 Foot 6 Inch, Converted, TOFC - Rio Grande - 7178

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N Scale - Micro-Trains Special Run - NSC MTL 09-50 - Flatcar, 57 Foot 6 Inch, Converted, TOFC - Rio Grande - 7178

Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSC MTL 09-50
Original Retail Price $35.00
Brand Micro-Trains Special Run
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro Trains Flatcar 57 Foot Converted TOFC
Prototype Description Flatcar, 57 Foot 6 Inch, Converted, TOFC
Additional Markings/Slogan Coors Light
Road or Company Name Rio Grande (Details)
Reporting Marks D&RGW
Road or Reporting Number 7178
Paint Color(s) Black with Silver Trailer
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Ready-to-Run No
Release Date 2009-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 57 Foot 6 Inch
Model Variety Converted TOFC
Scale 1/160

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Specific Item Information: Comes with Atlas 40' trailer.

Road Name History:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

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Commissioner Information: N Scale Collector

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 2018-01-12 16:30:57. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-24 12:19:11

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