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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 518 00 150 - Reefer, Ice, Wood - Boote's Hatcheries - 90534

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 518 00 150 - Reefer, Ice, Wood - Boote Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line.


Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Stock Number 518 00 150
Road or Company Name Boote's Hatcheries (Details)
Body Style Micro-Trains Reefer 40 Foot Wood
Prototype Reefer, Ice, Wood (Details)
Reporting Marks QREX
Road or Reporting Number 90534
Release Date 2012-12-01
Paint Color(s) Brown, Yellow
Print Color(s) Red, Black
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 40 Foot
Model Variety Wood
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Region North America
Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)



History:
During the mid-19th century, attempts were made to ship agricultural products by rail. As early as 1842, the Western Railroad of Massachusetts was reported in the June 15 edition of the Boston Traveler to be experimenting with innovative freight car designs capable of carrying all types of perishable goods without spoilage. The first refrigerated boxcar entered service in June 1851, on the Northern Railroad (New York) (or NRNY, which later became part of the Rutland Railroad). This "icebox on wheels" was a limited success since it was only functional in cold weather. That same year, the Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain Railroad (O&LC) began shipping butter to Boston in purpose-built freight cars, utilizing ice for cooling.

The first consignment of dressed beef left the Chicago stock yards in 1857 in ordinary boxcars retrofitted with bins filled with ice. Placing meat directly against ice resulted in discoloration and affected the taste, proving to be impractical. During the same period Swift experimented by moving cut meat using a string of ten boxcars with their doors removed, and made a few test shipments to New York during the winter months over the Grand Trunk Railway (GTR). The method proved too limited to be practical.

The use of ice to refrigerate and preserve food dates back to prehistoric times. Through the ages, the seasonal harvesting of snow and ice was a regular practice of many cultures. China, Greece, and Rome stored ice and snow in caves, dugouts or ice houses lined with straw or other insulating materials. Rationing of the ice allowed the preservation of foods during hot periods, a practice that was successfully employed for centuries. For most of the 19th century, natural ice (harvested from ponds and lakes) was used to supply refrigerator cars. At high altitudes or northern latitudes, one foot tanks were often filled with water and allowed to freeze. Ice was typically cut into blocks during the winter and stored in insulated warehouses for later use, with sawdust and hay packed around the ice blocks to provide additional insulation. A late-19th century wood-bodied reefer required re-icing every 250 miles (400 km) to 400 miles (640 km).

From Wikipedia

Info: Boote, a Worthington entrepreneur, built hatcheries all over southern Minnesota. In the spring of 1932, Boote told Schneider and another employee named Pete to go to Albert Lea and build a new hatchery. He said, &8220;Walt, you are good at construction and Pete, you can do concrete work, so the two of you will do fine.&8221; Walt said the only construction experience he had was building a hog shed with his dad on their Wykoff farm. Pete’s concrete experience consisted of helping install a sidewalk, but the two young men confidently headed off to Albert Lea to get started. They used horses and a slip scraper to dig the basement, then asked construction and concrete men who were out of work for advice and help. Boote was right. Walt and Pete did fine.

Info:
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 2019-07-11 14:33:48

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