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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 534 00 081 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Rib Side - Waddell Coal Mining - 101

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 534 00 081 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Rib Side - Waddell Coal Mining - 101 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line

Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 534 00 081
Original Retail Price $24.90
Road or Company Name Waddell Coal Mining (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Open Hopper 2-Bay Ribside
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay, Rib Side (Details)
Reporting Marks WDLX
Road or Reporting Number 101
Announcement Date 2017-02-01
Release Date 2017-02-01
Paint Color(s) Orange
Print Color(s) White and Black
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety Ribside
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Region North America
Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)

Item Specific Notes: These 33’ twin-bay hopper with rib sides are orange with bold white and black lettering and run on Bettendorf trucks. Built in the early 1920s, the Waddell Coal Mining Company used these cars to ship coal to loading docks along the line where the coal was distributed to local retailers. In 1951, Waddell leased a number of these O&W hoppers giving a few of them the “billboard hopper” paint scheme.

The open hopper is an evolution of the gondola, a simple freight car used for the transportation of various materials without and facility for protection from the elements. The hopper had higher sides than the gondola and possessed a mechanism on the bottom (bay doors) for discharging the load.

2-Bay ribside coal hoppers were in common use in the first half of the 20th century. The ribbed sides added stability so the loads would not bow out the side of the hoppers. Steel was in plentiful supply after the second world wars and these cars were pretty much everywhere coal was being produced or consumed.

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 08:54:17

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