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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 994 01 230 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Auto Train - 4-Pack

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 994 01 230 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Auto Train - 4-Pack Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line
4-Pack


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 994 01 230
Secondary Stock Number 994 01 230
Original Retail Price $119.95
RoadName Auto Train (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Body Style Assortment
Prototype Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 4-Pack
Release Date 2019-02-01
Paint Color(s) Aluminum and Red
Print Color(s) Red
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Mixed Consist
Model Subtype Smoothside
Model Variety Dome
Multipack 1
Multipack ID Number 994 01 230
Multipack Count 4
Multipack Element 9
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Region North America
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)


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Item Specific Notes: Auto Train 4-Pack Road Numbers 901, 902, 908, 137 (3) Dome Cars (1) Baggage Car


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.


Info:
Auto-Train was incorporated in 1969 and began operations in late 1971. Initially, they hauled passengers and their automobiles from Lorton in Northern Virginia to Sanford, Florida which is not far from Orlando. RF&P and Seaboard Coast Line were the host railroads. The passenger car fleet was purchased secondhand from various roads and the autoracks were an early design from Canadian National. GE U36B's were used for road power (built to Seaboard Coast Line specifications.) Lorton was the northern terminus because the autoracks would not fit the clearances in Washington D.C. and points north. Auto-Train featured daily departures from both ends. The trains were popular and usually exceeded 30 cars evenly split between autoracks and passenger cars. In 1974, Auto-Train expanded with trains running between Louisville and Sanford. This second route was a failure and this combined with a couple of expensive wrecks sent Auto-Train into a downward spiral. In 1980, they declared bankruptcy and the following April, the last Auto-Train ran. Amtrak resurrected the idea in 1983 with a tri-weekly service on the Lorton - Sanford route.


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 2019-02-01 18:35:01. Last edited by gdm on 2019-02-01 18:35:02

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