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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 14137 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - United States Air Force - 26477

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 14137 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 - United States Air Force - 26477


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 14137
Secondary Stock Number 500 00 370
Alternate Stock Number 14137.2
Original Retail Price $14.85
RoadName United States Air Force (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 40 Foot PS-1
Prototype Boxcar, 40 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Reporting Marks DAFX
Road or Reporting Number 26477
Release Date 1998-07-01
Paint Color(s) Strata Blue
Print Color(s) White
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 foot
Model Variety Steel, PS-1
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Prototype North America
Prototype Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Review: This is the Z-Scale version of the popular 020-series boxcar from the MTL N Scale line.

History:
The 40' Boxcar is widely known as one of the most popular freight cars used by railroads as they transitioned from steam to diesel. In particular the Pullman Standard or PS-1 design was one of the most popular and was widely used by North American railroads. These boxcars were built beginning in 1947 and share the same basic design, with certain elements such as door size, door style or roof type varying among the different railroads and production years. When production of these cars ceased in 1963, over 100,000 had been produced.

So just what is a PS-1? Well the simple answer is it is any boxcar built by Pullman Standard from 1947 on. The design changed over the years – sometimes subtly, sometimes for customer request, and sometimes in a larger way. In general, most PS-1’s built from 1947 to 1961 share the same dimensions and basic construction techniques. These cars all had a length of 40′, a height of 10’5″ or 10’6″, welded sides and ends and roof of Pullman’s own design. The greatest variation was in the size and style of doors used. Pullman Standard also offered 50′ and later 60′ boxcars – also with the PS-1 designation.

Info:
The United States Air Force (USAF) is the aerial and space warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 under the National Security Act of 1947. It is the most recent branch of the U.S. Armed Forces to be formed.

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Info:
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 2018-04-17 13:48:44. Last edited by gdm on 2018-04-17 13:49:04

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