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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 530 00 471 - Tank Car, Single Dome, 39 Foot - Rio Grande - X-2905

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 530 00 471 - Tank Car, Single Dome, 39 Foot - Rio Grande - X-2905 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 530 00 471
Original Retail Price $23.50
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Body Style Micro-Trains Tank Car Single Dome
Prototype Vehicle Tank Car, Single Dome, 39 Foot (Details)
Road or Company Name Rio Grande (Details)
Reporting Marks D&RGW
Road or Reporting Number X-2905
Paint Color(s) Silver
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Announcement Date 2017-02-01
Release Date 2017-02-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Tank Car
Model Subtype Single Dome
Model Variety General Service
Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Item Specific Notes: These 39’ single dome tank cars are aluminum with black lettering and run on Bettendorf trucks. Built in 1919, these tank cars eventually reached retirement age from revenue service and were placed in a MOW capacity for the D&RGW. In this capacity, they carried a supply of potable water for track outfit gangs and were finally retired in the late 1970s.

Prototype History:
Single Dome tank cars are a railroad staple. They have been around since the first half of the 20th century. This length car can handle about 10,000 gallons. These railcars carry a wide array of commodities, including liquid fertilizers, chemicals, fuel oils and asphalt, and food-grade oils. Tank cars can be pressurized or non-pressurized, insulated or non-insulated. Single dome cars carry only a single commodity at once. Food-service tank cars may be lined with stainless steel, glass, or plastic. Tank cars carrying dangerous goods are generally made of different types of steel, depending on the intended cargo and operating pressure. They may also be lined with rubber or coated with specialized coatings for tank protection or product purity purpose. The tank heads are also stronger to prevent ruptures during accidents.

One common version is the ACF Type 27 jacketed tank car with expansion dome which was in common use by many railroads and oil companies.

Road Name History:
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad (reporting mark DRGW), often shortened to Rio Grande, D&RG or D&RGW, formerly the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, was an American Class I railroad company. The railroad started as a 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge line running south from Denver, Colorado in 1870. It served mainly as a transcontinental bridge line between Denver, and Salt Lake City, Utah.

In 1988, the Rio Grande's parent corporation, Rio Grande Industries, purchased Southern Pacific Transportation Company, and as the result of a merger, the larger Southern Pacific Railroad name was chosen for identity. The Rio Grande operated as a separate division of the Southern Pacific, until that company was acquired by the Union Pacific Railroad. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as heritage railways by various companies.

Read more on Wikipedia.

Brand/Importer 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 2019-02-28 08:52:06

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