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N Scale - Fox Valley - NSE FVM 14-03 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Rib Side - Milwaukee Road - 2-Pack

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N Scale - Fox Valley - NSE FVM 14-03 - Boxcar, 40 Foot, Rib Side - Milwaukee Road - 2-Pack Image Courtesy of N Scale Enthusiast

Brand Fox Valley
Stock Number NSE FVM 14-03
Original Retail Price $40.95
Commissioned By N Scale Enthusiast
Manufacturer Fox Valley
Production Type Special Run
Body Style Fox Valley Boxcar 40 Foot Rib Side
Prototype Description Boxcar, 40 Foot, Rib Side
Road or Company Name Milwaukee Road (Details)
Reporting Marks MILW
Road or Reporting Number 2-Pack
Paint Color(s) Maroon and Yellow
Print Color(s) Maroon and Yellow
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 2
Multipack ID Number NSE FVM 14-03
Release Date 2014-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Milwaukee Road Rib Side

Specific Item Information: Special Run2-Pack includes road numbers 8361 and 8374.

Model Information: This model is one of Fox Valley's earlier N Scale models. It has some nice detail such as the roofwalk (I think it is etched metal), roof-mounted grab-irons and brake wheel platform (also etched metal). The molding of the other details is quite nice as well, but a molded ladder or grab iron is never quite as nice as a separately applied detail part. Also, the underframe detail is a bit overwhelming, especially when compared to a newer Trainworx or Atlas Master car. Unlike later FVM productions this car lacks body-mount couplers. The early releases also lack FVM's world class metal wheels. Later releases have metal wheels. Fortunately, the trucks and couplers on the early releases are MTL OEM and produce a typical high quality operation both in the couplers and smooth rolling wheels.

Prototype Description: These transition era cars were first introduced in the late 30's and were in use right up into the 80's. Cars with the "Route of the Hiawathas" motto and wood roofwalk represent the early (1939) production, whereas cars bearing the Milwaukee Road logo only and a steel roofwalk were used in the mid-60's. Cars without a roofwalk were used in the 70's and 80's.

Road Name History:
The Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (often referred to as the Milwaukee Road) (reporting mark MILW), was a Class I railroad that operated in the Midwest and Northwest of the United States from 1847 until 1980, when its Pacific Extension (Montana, Idaho, and Washington) was abandoned following a bankruptcy.

The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986.

Brand/Importer Information:
Fox Valley Models is a small supplier of model railroad and related products. FVM started by finding solutions to different challenges that model railroaders were faced with. Our first products resulted from a need to equip custom built passenger cars with tinted windows made of an ideal material; thin, flexible, easy to cut, simple to install, available in multiple colors and be affordable. We met those needs and even included a frosted version for the car's lavatory windows.

Other challenges inspired additional products including wooden grade crossings, trestles and different lineside structures. As our product line expands, input and requests from friends and customers help shape the product selection further.

Future products, under development, include more parts, structures, details and rolling stock. We strive to offer a good quality product at an affordable price.

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

Item created by: scottakoltz on 2018-12-05 19:37:54

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