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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 020 00 870 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Sliding Door - Erie - 79006


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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 020 00 870 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Sliding Door - Erie - 79006 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


N Scale - Micro-Trains - 020 00 870 - Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Sliding Door - Erie - 79006 An image of the prototype.


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 020 00 870
Secondary Stock Number 020 00 870
Original Retail Price $18.10
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
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Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar Steel 40 Foot Sliding Door
Road/Company Name Erie
Reporting Marks Erie
Road/Reporting Number 79006
Paint Color(s) brown with black ends
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Release Date 2006-12-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Boxcar Standard Steel
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Single Sliding Door
Prototype Boxcar, Steel, 40 Foot, Single Sliding Door
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957
UPC/GTIN12 Number 695140018079


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Body Style Information: This is Micro-Trains first body style. It was introduced in 1972. Hundreds of different releases have used this body style in various paint schemes and road names. It is not a model of a "modern" steel boxcar as the length (40 foot) and the roofwalk are typical of the transition era (1939 - 1957).

Road/Company Information:
The Erie Railroad (reporting mark ERIE) was a railroad that operated in the northeastern United States, originally connecting New York City - more specifically Jersey City, New Jersey, where Erie's former terminal, long demolished, used to stand - with Lake Erie. It expanded west to Chicago with its 1941 merger with the former Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, also known as the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Railroad (NYPANO RR). Its mainline route proved influential in the development and economic growth of the Southern Tier, including cities such as Binghamton, Elmira, and Hornell.

On October 17, 1960, the Erie merged with the former rival Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad to form the Erie Lackawanna Railroad. Most of the former Erie line between Hornell and Binghampton was destroyed in 1972 by the floods of Hurricane Agnes. What was left of the Erie Lackawanna became part of Conrail in 1976.

In 1983, Erie remnants became part of New Jersey Transit rail operations, including its Main Line. Today, most of the surviving Erie Railroad routes are operated by the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Manufacturer Information:
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.

For an in-depth guide to the history and collecting information for Micro-Trains products, please consult our Micro-Trains History and Collector's Guide.


Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by Chance on 2016-09-24 20:20:20

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