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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 527 00 021 - Flatcar, Bulkhead - Trailer Train - 80280

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 527 00 021 - Flatcar, Bulkhead - Trailer Train - 80280 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line.


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 527 00 021
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Body Style Micro-Trains Flatcar 60 Foot Bulkhead
Prototype Flatcar, Bulkhead (Details)
Road or Company Name Trailer Train (Details)
Reporting Marks TTPX
Road or Reporting Number 80280
Paint Color(s) Brown
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Release Date 2007-10-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Flatcar
Model Subtype 60 Foot
Model Variety Bulkhead
Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Prototype History:
Among the earliest types of freight cars, flatcars continue to serve as a valuable part of railroading. Flatcars are used to move a wide variety of loads which do not require protection from weather. These cars, are constructed with steel underframes, wood floors and stake pockets on the sides and ends for fastening tie-downs that keep loads from shifting.

Bulkhead flat cars are a specialized type of flatcar designed which includes reinforced end-walls (bulkheads) to prevent loads from shifting past the ends of the car.

Road Name History:
TTX Company (formerly Trailer Train) is a leading provider of railcars and related freight car management services to the North American rail industry. TTX's pool of railcars (over 220,000 cars and intermodal wells) is ideal for supporting shippers in the intermodal, automotive, paper & forest, metals, machinery, wind energy and other markets where flatcars, boxcars and gondolas are required.

Owned by North America's leading railroads, TTX's free-running pools provide fungible assets that minimize total empty miles, further lowering costs and minimizing risk for the industry, helping the railroads conserve their capital for other critical infrastructure needs. Customers easily recognize TTX's bright yellow cars as a consistent, high quality, well-maintained fleet that serves many transportation needs.

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: petecduffy on 2019-05-14 16:05:22

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