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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 025 00 910 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 - Wabash Valley - 8161

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 025 00 910 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 - Wabash Valley - 8161 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line

Stock Number 025 00 910
Secondary Stock Number 025 00 910
Original Retail Price $27.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot FMC 5077
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 (Details)
Road or Company Name Wabash Valley (Details)
Reporting Marks WVRC
Road or Reporting Number 8161
Paint Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Ready-to-Run No
Body Material Plastic
Series Name Per Diem
Series Release/Issue Number 3
Release Date 2016-04-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety FMC 5077
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160

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Model Information: This model was first produced by Kadee in February of 1981. It is a model of a 50 Foot Steel Rib-Side Single Sliding Door Boxcar. Specifically, this Micro-Trains body style models the FMC 50' 5077 Single Sliding Door prototype. It is also used by Micro-Trains to model Pullman Standard 50' boxcars. Hence on some releases, this car is labeled as a Pullman Standard and in other cases it is labeled as an FMC boxcar, and it also is frequently labeled as a '50' Rib Side Box Car[sic]' with no mention of prototype whatsoever. It appears to be closest to the FMC 5077 boxcar prototype (from the 1970s) in any event. These models can appear with any one of multiple different sliding door types. The doors for this model are operating ones (cool!).

Prototype History: In the 1970's with the growth of the Per Diem business model, FMC produced a series of 50 foot box cars in different configurations. The single-sliding-door configuration is one of the best known and used widely by many different railroads. These cars were produced using the Gunderson metal works which FMC had acquired in 1965. In late 1975, FMC began producing a 5,077-cubic-foot Plate B box car for IPD and Railbox service. FMC's 5077s have seven panels to either side of the 10-foot door, an X-panel roof, and non-terminating ends that are slightly different from those used on FMC's earlier cars. Note how the sidesill is notched all the way back to the bolsters, a key feature of FMC's mature design.

The main difference between the 5077 cu. ft cars built by FMC vs the 5277-5347 cu. ft cars built by the same manufacturers is the overall height of the car, the smaller 5077 cars were Plate B while the larger 5277-5347 cars were Plate C. Over 4,300 cars were produced from 1975-1979 by FMC's Portland, Oregon plant. The cars were delivered in numerous colorful shortline paint schemes, as well as the nationwide car pool fleet of Railbox. Many secondhand cars were later seen in Class 1 railroads and large leasing company fleets under additional shortline reporting marks.

Road Name History: This line represents a group of doomed shortlines that were launched between the 1976 creation of Conrail and the deregulation of the railroads nearly five years later. The Wabash Valley was launched in 1977 to operate 74 miles of former Pennsylvania Railroad trackage from Decatur to Paris, Illinois. They knew from the outset that it would lose money so operation was contingent on a subsidy from the state. The WVRC diesel fleet consisted of a pair of SW1’s, a C420 of Long Island Rail Road ancestry and three GP7’s of Pittsburgh & Lake Erie ancestry. Thanks to their previous owners, all four road switchers were set up to run long hood forward. When the Rock Island shut down in 1980, Wabash Valley stepped in to operate nearly 200 miles of RI line in Kansas. That lasted about 3 months. At the end of 1981, the subsidy for the Decatur to Paris line ended and the Wabash Valley closed up for good. The Prairie Central took over the Illinois line and tried to run it without the subsidy but failed. The track was subsequently pulled up.

Text courtesy of Bluford Shops

Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

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: gdm on 2016-03-31 06:26:33. Last edited by gdm on 2018-01-30 15:52:20

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