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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 83-01 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, PS-1 - NTRAK - 1983

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 83-01 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, PS-1 - NTRAK - 1983


N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC 83-01 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, PS-1 - NTRAK - 1983


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number NSC 83-01
Original Retail Price $8.00
Commissioned By Jim Fitzgerald
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Micro Trains Boxcar 40 Foot Steel Plug Door No Roofwalk
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, PS-1 (Details)
Additional Markings/Slogan 10th Anniversary Build the Modular Way
Road or Company Name NTRAK (Details)
Reporting Marks NTK
Road or Reporting Number 1983
Paint Color(s) Black with Yellow Stripes
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Ready-to-Run No
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 1983-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 34 Foot
Model Variety Steel Plug Door No Roofwalk
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Only 500 made.

Model Information: Model: Introduction: July 1996. This body style (074) has no roof walk and short ladders.

Unlike the traditional "sliding" door, the plug door system closes with a final inward movement (similar to most van sliding doors) that seals the door flush with the interior of the boxcar. This provides a much better seal than the sliding door boxcar. A rotating lever on the door activates a gear system to "plug" and "unplug" the door.

Prototype History:
The Pullman Standard or PS-1 design was one of the most popular and was widely used by North American railroads. These boxcars were built beginning in 1947 and share the same basic design, with certain elements such as door size, door style or roof type varying among the different railroads and production years. When production of these cars ceased in 1963, over 100,000 had been produced.

The original PS-1 measured 40 foot in length, but Pullman Standard also offered 50′ and later 60′ boxcars – also with the PS-1 designation.

Road Name History:
The NTRAK organization was founded in 1973. Its mission is to provide a set of specifications for N Scale modular layouts.

NTRAK modules are designed to bring model railroading to the public at conventions, exhibits, and shopping malls. In the past a person wanting to see model trains in operation had to seek out a club or home layout that was open to the public. These layouts were often designed for the convenience of the owners and operators, and not for public viewing. The modular layouts have the flexibility to be fitted into many different size and shape areas. They offer close up viewing and maximum train action. Long trains passing each other are always attention getters and are a feature of the NTRAK layouts. While designed for large public display layouts, the NTRAK modules are being used for home layouts and for club layouts as well. For the modeler, the NTRAK modules offer a number of advantages over a fixed layout. We are such a mobile society and the modules make it very easy to move a layout from one home to the next without destroying all the work that went into it. Our smaller homes, apartments, and mobile homes all lend themselves to N scale layouts. Persons who want to run longer trains have the opportunity to take a module to one of the many NTRAK meets during the year and to be part of a large layout. There they can run their longer trains and meet other N scale modelers.

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 2017-03-08 13:46:41. Last edited by gdm on 2018-09-26 09:27:53

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