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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 994 00 098 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel - Pan Am Railways - 4-Pack

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 994 00 098 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel - Pan Am Railways - 4-Pack Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 994 00 098
Secondary Stock Number 994 00 098
Original Retail Price $114.95
Road or Company Name Pan Am Railways (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot Ribside
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel (Details)
Reporting Marks BM
Road or Reporting Number 4-Pack
Announcement Date 2016-07-01
Release Date 2016-12-01
Paint Color(s) Blue
Print Color(s) White
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Steel, Ribside
Multipack 1
Multipack ID Number 994 00 098
Multipack Count 4
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Region North America
Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



History:
While the 40-foot boxcar was a standard design, and it did come in different setups depending on the type of freight being transported, it was not large enough for efficient mass commodity transportation. 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.

These cars came in many variations. For instance, double-doors became practical for large/wide loads, end-doors useful for very large lading such as automobiles, and interior tie-down equipment was helpful in keeping sensitive products from being damaged in-transit. In 1954 the Santa Fe developed its "Shock Control" (and later "Super Shock Control") technology for new boxcars with upgraded suspension systems to further improve the ride-quality and reduce the chance of damaging freight.

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.

Info:
The Pan Am Railways mission is to be the leading freight transportation company in our region. We will meet this expectation by combining the economies of rail transportation with the highest levels of safety and service in order to provide value to our customers and the communities through which they pass.

Pan Am Railways, Inc. (PAR), formerly known as Guilford Rail System (GRS) before March 2006, is an American holding company that owns and operates Class II regional railroads covering northern New England from Mattawamkeag, Maine, to Rotterdam Junction, New York. The primary subsidiaries of Pan Am Railways are Boston and Maine Corporation (reporting mark BM), Maine Central Railroad Company (reporting mark MEC), Portland Terminal Company (reporting mark PTM), and Springfield Terminal Railway Company (reporting mark ST); BM and MEC are operated under lease by ST.

Pan Am Railways is headquartered in Iron Horse Park in North Billerica, Massachusetts. It is a subsidiary of Portsmouth, New Hampshire-based Pan Am Systems, formerly known as Guilford Transportation Industries (GTI). Guilford bought the name, colors and logo of Pan American World Airways in 1998.

From Company Website and Wikipedia

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 09:55:16

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