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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 994 01 100 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - 4-Pack

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Z Scale - Micro-Trains - 994 01 100 - Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - 4-Pack Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line.


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 994 01 100
Manufacturer Micro-Trains
Body Style Micro-Trains Body Style Assortment
Prototype Vehicle Mixed Freight Consist, North America, Transition Era (Details)
Road or Company Name Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Details)
Reporting Marks RBBX
Road or Reporting Number 4-Pack
Additional Markings/Slogan "Blue"
Paint Color(s) Silver. Red
Print Color(s) White, Black
Coupler Type Micro-Trains
Release Date 2014-05-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Mixed Consist
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety PS-2
Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Prototype History:
A mixed freight train is a train that hauls a variety of different freight cars or wagons. A mixed freight depends on the locale and industries. The train will be carrying cars to be brought to a yard where a local will bring them to the various industries. The location determines the industries, and the industries determine the cars.

Which cars are in which trains is determined by the waybills they are assigned - which is close to a totally random process. For example, through freights simply run from up staging to down staging and back, stopping long enough to trade out 30 percent of their cars and change from steam to motor (catenary) or vice-versa. Thus freights will have a variety of cars, changing each time they pass through a switching yard.

Road Name History:
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was an American traveling circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. It and its predecessor shows ran from 1871 to 2017. Known as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, the circus started in 1919 when the Barnum & Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth, a circus created by P. T. Barnum and James Anthony Bailey, was merged with the Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows. The Ringling brothers had purchased Barnum & Bailey Ltd. following Bailey's death in 1906, but ran the circuses separately until they were merged in 1919.

From 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: petecduffy on 2019-07-22 17:11:23

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