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N Scale - Aztec - MB2047-43 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Evans 5277 - Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma - 10601

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Production Type Special Run
Stock Number MB2047-43
Original Retail Price $29.95
Brand Aztec
Manufacturer Life-Like
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Sanda Kan Boxcar 50 Foot Evans Hi-Cube
Prototype Vehicle Boxcar, 50 Foot, Evans 5277 (Details)
Road or Company Name Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma (Details)
Reporting Marks CMX
Road or Reporting Number 10601
Paint Color(s) White
Print Color(s) black, red, green
Additional Markings/Slogan Cervezaria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Series Name Micro Brew
Series Release/Issue Number Micro Brew Series 43/43
Release Date 2006-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Evans 5277 Hi-Cube
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: The Life-Like® 50 foot Evans single door boxcar body is white.
This car is equipped with silver Micro-Trains® trucks and Magne-Matic® couplers.

Series Information: Aztec’s Micro Brew Cars. This very popular series of N scale billboard style freight cars features the colorful logos of authentic micro breweries from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
A total of 43 cars have been released between 1996 and 2006, using body styles from various manufacturers: 2 Boxcars from Atlas, 1 Boxcar from Life-Like, 1 Boxcar from MDC Roundhouse and 1 Covered Hopper from Atlas.
These cars are obviously fictitious; however their road letters correspond to the initials of the brewery followed by X, denoting a non-railroad owner, and the road number is the ZIP code of the brewery for U.S. ones.

Model Information: Life-Like worked with Sanda Kan to develop this tooling as part of Life-Like's push to move all production of rolling stock to China in the 1990s. As was common at the time, the ownership of the tooling was controlled by Sanda Kan which took advantage of this to manufacture this model for Industrial Rail as well as Life-Like. It has also been sold/decorated by Con-Cor, Bev-Bel and Eastern Seaboard Models, though I do not know if any of these other companies purchased the undecorated models from Life-Like or Sanda Kan directly.

Unlike many of the other Chinese models of this period, this one does not seem to be a direct copy of any of the earlier European made N Scale models. This series of boxcars models the modern, no-roofwalk 50' Evans high-cube prototype. It has been claimed that the model specifically targets the Penn Central X72 version of the Evans car.

Prototype History:
With the Per Diem rules implemented by the US government to encourage railroads to purchase more boxcars, boxcar manufacturing roared into gear in the 1970s. Every major manufacturer cranked out 50 foot boxcars to satisfy the demand. Evans was no exception. Empowered by its acquisition of United States Railway Equipment (USRE), Evans-USRE boxcars became ubiquitous during the IPD boxcar boom of the 1970s. With modern upgrades such as box-corrugated, non-terminating ends, Stanray X-panel overhanging roof, and riveted car sides near the end posts, the Evans-USRE 5277 is a classic boxcar of the IPD era.

The former Evans railcar repair facility in Springfield OR is now owned/operated by Gunderson.

Road Name History:
Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma (Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma / Heineken México) (English: Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Brewery) is a major brewery based in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico, founded in 1890. It is a subsidiary of Heineken International.

The company operates brewing plants in Monterrey, Guadalajara, Toluca, Tecate, Orizaba and, beginning in 2017, Meoqui. The plants produce, among other brands, Dos Equis, Sol, Bohemia, Superior, Carta Blanca, Noche Buena, Indio, Casta and Tecate. It has an annual production of 3.09 GL (gigalitres).

Brand/Importer Information:
Aztec Manufacturing is an aftermarket decorator originally based in San Mateo, CA, now in Carson City, NV.
Historically, Aztec was known for their excellent quality aftermarket decorations of other manufacturers' rolling stock. Aztec repainted models by many different manufacturers including Life-Like, Atlas and others.
In the recent years, Aztec's focus is on track cleaning cars DCC-Ready frames for locomotives and high quality pad-printed freight cars.
Following retirement of its owner, Aztec closed its business in 2018.

Item created by: bluedragon0 on 2017-11-24 15:34:33. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-07-10 13:42:39

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