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Specific Item Information: Micro-Trains Line model decorated by Aksarben Hobby Co. This model is based on an early 20th Century ice reefer for the Grand Union Company food market chain, circa 1930. The car is painted green with plastic green vertical brakewheel. The 1990 releases have yellow lettering on the sides, black stirrups and black Bettendorf trucks. The 2002 releases have cream-yellow lettering on sides and ends, green stirrups and ice hatch latches, black door hardware and black Andrews trucks with brown low-profile wheels. These runs were extremely limited due to the local appeal in the New York / New Jersey / Pennsylvania area, where Grand Union predominately operated. Made in United States.
Model Information: Micro-Trains introduced this body style in July of 1982. It features opening roof hatches - an innovation for N Scale at the time. The detail of the body combined with the high quality printing makes this tooling an excellent choice for modeling early-20th century billboard reefers. It is particularly well suited for modeling the cars used by pre-war meat packers. The prototype is a 40 Foot Wood-Sheathed Ice Reefer with vertical brake wheel.
Road Name History:
After C&S bought Grand Union it down-scaled most of its operations and exited its primary marketplace, choosing to keep only a number of stores in upstate New York and New England open. The chain was sold to Tops Friendly Markets in 2012, and in 2013 Tops rebranded the remaining stores with their logo and the Grand Union name ceased to exist.
Their 2016 lineup includes ready-to-run gondolas, well cars, hoppers, tank cars and boxcars. They also produce craftsman quality kits in their "Made in America" series. ESM products may be purchased directly from their website.
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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-09 17:27:59. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-08 11:47:39
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