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N Scale - N Scale Enthusiast - NSE MTL 16-166 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Kansas City Southern - 2-Pack

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N Scale - N Scale Enthusiast - NSE MTL 16-166 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Kansas City Southern - 2-Pack


Production Type Special Run
Stock Number NSE MTL 16-166
Original Retail Price $78.00
Brand N Scale Enthusiast
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar Steel 50 Foot Single Plug Door
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door (Details)
Road or Company Name Kansas City Southern (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan Share in Freedom - Happy Birthday America
Reporting Marks KCS
Road or Reporting Number 2-Pack
Paint Color(s) Blue with Black roof & ends
Print Color(s) Black and Red
Paint Scheme Bicentennial - Statue of Liberty
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number NSEMTL16-166
Release Date 2016-10-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Steel, Single Plug Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



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Specific Item Information: Special Run 2-pack includes road numbers 121976 & 120871

Prototype History: The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. Pullman Standard and ACF were some of the most prolific builders of these cars.

In the 1960s, the flush, "plug" style sliding door was introduced as an option that provides a larger door to ease loading and unloading of certain commodities. The tight-fitting doors are better insulated and allow a car's interior to be maintained at a more even temperature.

Road Name History: The Kansas City Southern Railway Company (reporting mark KCS), owned by Kansas City Southern, is the smallest and third-oldest Class I railroad in North America (just behind Union Pacific Railroad and Canadian Pacific Railway) still in operation. KCS was founded in 1887 and is currently operating in a region consisting of ten central U.S. states. KCS also owns and indirectly operates Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM) in the central and northeastern states of Mexico, and is the only Class I Railroad to own any track both inside and outside of Mexico's boundaries (Ferromex is the only other Class I operating in Mexico). Including all trackage owned by wholly owned subsidiaries, KCS owns a total of approximately 9,600 kilometers (6,000 route miles) of track.

Kansas City Southern is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Annual revenues as of 2007 were US$1.7 billion with 6,485 employees, and a market cap of roughly US$5 billion. Kansas City Southern company stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol KSU.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer Information: The N Scale Enthusiast Society (previously known as The N Scale Collector) was established by Wick Brandon, as a sole proprietorship and was a stand alone company until Wick passed away in 2000. The company has been owned by Micro Trains Line since then.

Wick was the founder of TexNRails and he established NSE right after he sold the pioneering N Scale retailer to the Herz family, and the store moved to Florida. Wick and Lea moved their family from Texas to Bakersfield California, and the entire operation was run from his home in Bakersfield. George Johnsen, our current Chairman, came on board as Associate Editor starting with the third issue of our magazine, and the growth of the organization hasn’t stopped. Wick and George did the first convention in Medford in 1993, and added staff and advisors as the organization grew. Wick held the first auction for the NSE in 1995. Wick is tremendously missed.

The NSE occasionally contracts multiple manufacturers and aftermarket customizers to put together unique items for their special runs. When the item isn't just a 'Special Run' but more of a custom project, the Brand "N Scale Enthusiast" is applied to the item.

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: scottakoltz on 2018-12-05 14:45:46

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