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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 140 00 210 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Pullman RPO - Ringling Brothers - 4

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 140 00 210 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Pullman RPO - Ringling Brothers - 4 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


N Scale - Micro-Trains - 140 00 210 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Pullman RPO - Ringling Brothers - 4


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 140 00 210
Secondary Stock Number 140 00 210
Original Retail Price $33.95
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Production Type Regular Production
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Micro Trains Heavyweight RPO
Prototype Passenger Car, Heavyweight, Pullman RPO (Details)
Road or Company Name Ringling Brothers (Details)
Reporting Marks Advertising Department
Road or Reporting Number 4
Paint Color(s) White and Red
Print Color(s) White and Black
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Series Name Ringling Brothers Ad Car
Series Release/Issue Number 4
Announcement Date 2017-10-01
Release Date 2018-03-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Heavyweight
Model Subtype Pullman
Model Variety RPO 2/4 and 3/3 Windows
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Throughout the years Ringling Bros. used a variety of advertising, or ‘ad’ cars, that traveled with the train or in advance of the train to promote the coming show. This single car is based on a real Ringling Bros. ad car and is the fourth release. More ad cars will be offered in the months ahead.

Model Information: 2/4 and 3/3 Windows

Prototype History:
In the United States, a railway post office, commonly abbreviated as RPO, was a railroad car that was normally operated in passenger service as a means to sort mail en route, in order to speed delivery. The RPO was staffed by highly trained Railway Mail Service postal clerks, and was off-limits to the passengers on the train. In the UK and Ireland, the equivalent term was Travelling Post Office (TPO).

From the middle of the 19th century, many American railroads earned substantial revenues through contracts with the U.S. Post Office Department (USPOD) to carry mail aboard high-speed passenger trains; and the Railway Mail Service enforced various standardized designs on RPOs. In fact, a number of companies maintained passenger routes where the financial losses from moving people were more than offset by transporting the mail.

Road Name History:
The Ringling brothers (originally Rungelings) were seven American siblings of German and French descent who transformed their small touring company of performers into one of America's largest circuses in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in McGregor, Iowa and raised in Baraboo, Wisconsin, they were the children of harness maker Heinrich Friedrich August Ringling (1826-1898), of Hanover, Germany, and Marie Salome Juliar (1833-1907), of Ostheim, in Alsace-Lorraine. They merged their Ringling Brothers Circus with America's other leading circus troupes, ultimately creating the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which still tours today under that name.

From Wikipedia

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 2017-10-05 23:00:22. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-04 11:34:46

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