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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 05-11A - Mixed Freight Consist - N Scale Convention - 200403, 200404, 1917

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 05-11A - Mixed Freight Consist - N Scale Convention - 200403, 200404, 1917 Copyright held by TroveStar

Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSC 05-11A
Original Retail Price $94.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Commissioned By N Scale Collector
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Body Style Assortment Special Run
Prototype Mixed Freight Consist (Details)
Road or Company Name N Scale Convention (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Capitol Limited N Scale East 2004
Reporting Marks NVX, USVI
Road or Reporting Number 200403, 200404, 1917
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 3
Multipack ID Number NSC 05-11A
Release Date 2005-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Mixed
Model Subtype Mixed
Model Variety Various
Prototype Region Global
Prototype Era All Eras
Scale 1/160

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Specific Item Information: Shrink-wrapped set of NSC 05-11 and NSC 04-72. Sets come with a white paper cigar band that says "Charity 3-Pack, 199% of profits will be donated to Children's hospitals".

Prototype History:
A mixed freight train is a train that hauls a variety of different freight cars or wagons. A mixed freight depends on the locale and industries. The train will be carrying cars to be brought to a yard where a local will bring them to the various industries. The location determines the industries, and the industries determine the cars.

Which cars are in which trains is determined by the waybills they are assigned - which is close to a totally random process. For example, through freights simply run from up staging to down staging and back, stopping long enough to trade out 30 percent of their cars and change from steam to motor (catenary) or vice-versa. Thus freights will have a variety of cars, changing each time they pass through a switching yard.

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:
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 2018-02-04 16:47:22. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-17 08:06:53

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