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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC MTL 07-120 - Flatcar, 50 Foot - National Car - 1385, 1398

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - NSC MTL 07-120 - Flatcar, 50 Foot - National Car - 1385, 1398


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number NSC MTL 07-120
Original Retail Price $65.00
Commissioned By N Scale Collector
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Micro-Trains Flatcar 50 Foot Fishbelly Side
Prototype Flatcar, 50 Foot (Details)
Road or Company Name National Car (Details)
Reporting Marks NX
Road or Reporting Number 1385, 1398
Additional Markings/Slogan Borden's
Paint Color(s) Black
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number NSC MTL 07-120
Release Date 2007-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Fishbelly Side with Side Mount Brake Wheel
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: 2-Pack with loads made by Masterpiece models. Only 200 sets made.

Model Information: This model is Micro-Trains most popular flatcar. It models a 50 foot prototype. More than 140 different versions have appeared in Micro-Trains regular releases and many more in special runs.

Prototype History:
A flatcar (US) (also flat car (US) or flat wagon (UIC)) is a piece of railroad (US) or railway (non-US) rolling stock that consists of an open, flat deck mounted on a pair of trucks (US) or bogies (UK), one at each end containing four or six wheels. Occasionally, flat cars designed to carry extra heavy or extra large loads are mounted on a pair (or rarely, more) of bogeys under each end . The deck of the car can be wood or steel, and the sides of the deck can include pockets for stakes or tie-down points to secure loads. Flatcars designed for carrying machinery have sliding chain assemblies recessed in the deck.

Flatcars are used for loads that are too large or cumbersome to load in enclosed cars such as boxcars. They are also often used to transport intermodal containers (shipping containers) or trailers as part of intermodal freight transport shipping.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
In February 1928, Fruit Growers Express (FGE) formed the National Car Company as a subsidiary to service the meat transportation market. Customers included Kahns, Oscar Mayer, and Rath.

The FGE itself had been a subsidary of Armour Car lines, but in 1919 the Federal Trade Commission had ordered Armour Car lines to sell their produce hauling subsidiary for anti-trust reasons. Thus the FGE was formed in March, 1920 using 4,280 reefers acquired from Armour & Co.

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.

Commissioner Information: The N Scale Enthusiast Society (previously known as The N Scale Collector until 2011) was established by Wick Brandon, as a sole proprietorship and was a stand alone company until Wick passed away in 2000. The company has been owned by Micro Trains Line since then.

Wick was the founder of TexNRails and he established NSE right after he sold the pioneering N Scale retailer to the Herz family, and the store moved to Florida. Wick and Lea moved their family from Texas to Bakersfield California, and the entire operation was run from his home in Bakersfield. George Johnsen, the current Chairman, came on board as Associate Editor starting with the third issue of the magazine, and the growth of the organization hasn’t stopped. Wick and George did the first convention in Medford in 1993, and added staff and advisors as the organization grew. Wick held the first auction for the NSE in 1995.

The NSE mission statement reads: “This organization is dedicated to the preservation of the history of N Scale Model Railroading, and the railroads they represent.”

They do:
- Special Run Cars
- Regular Auctions of "collectable" Cars
- Annual Conventions
- Bi-Monthly Magazine

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 2018-02-03 13:26:24. Last edited by Alain LM on 2018-06-17 08:06:53

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