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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 533 00 142 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Offset Side - Milwaukee Road - 96432

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 533 00 142 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Offset Side - Milwaukee Road - 96432 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 533 00 142
Secondary Stock Number 533 00 142
Original Retail Price $21.95
Road or Company Name Milwaukee Road (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Open Hopper 2-Bay Offset Side
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Offset Side (Details)
Reporting Marks MILW
Road or Reporting Number 96432
Announcement Date 2016-12-01
Release Date 2016-12-01
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety Offset Side
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Region North America
Era Epoch II (1920-1945)



Item Specific Notes: These 33’ twin bay hoppers with offset sides are freight car red with white lettering and herald and run on Bettendorf trucks. Built in 1948 as part of series 96000-96999, these hoppers were repainted in April 1956 with an updated ‘The Milwaukee Road’ herald in a tilted rectangle, and reporting mark rules were also added.

History:
The late 1920s saw the introduction of the AAR standard “offset-side” 50- and 70-ton hoppers. The design went through several variations in the late 1920s and early 1930s before settling on two versions of the 50-ton car and one 3-bay, 70-ton car in 1935. Most roads went for the AAR standard designs, but the N&W, VGN, and Pennsy were notable holdouts. World War II brought the famous “war emergency” hoppers (only the N&W and MP bought the 70-ton version) and several composite versions of existing designs. After the war, AC&F found some brief success with a welded outside-stake hopper design, but the weld joints broke under the stress of loading and unloading rather than flexing like riveted joints. The offset-side design also had problems: the inside stakes were more prone to corrosion, and they suffered worse from loading and unloading stress than outside-staked hoppers. The design waned in the 1950s and was all but abandoned for new cars by 1960. Some roads (notably the C&O, the B&O, and the L&N) made the best of a bad situation by rebuilding their offset-side cars with all new outside-staked sides in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Info:
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (often referred to as the Milwaukee Road) (reporting mark MILW), was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980, when its Pacific Extension (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) was abandoned following a bankruptcy.

The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986.

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 2019-03-01 09:49:31

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