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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 32040 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac - 2649

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 32040 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door - Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac - 2649


Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 32040
Secondary Stock Number 032 00 040
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar Steel 50 Foot Single Plug Door
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel, Plug Door (Details)
Road or Company Name Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac (Details)
Reporting Marks RF&P
Road or Reporting Number 2649
Paint Color(s) blue , silver door
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Standard
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 1978-08-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety Steel, Single Plug Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160



Prototype History:
The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. Pullman Standard and ACF were some of the most prolific builders of these cars.

In the 1960s, the flush, "plug" style sliding door was introduced as an option that provides a larger door to ease loading and unloading of certain commodities. The tight-fitting doors are better insulated and allow a car's interior to be maintained at a more even temperature.

Road Name History:
The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad (reporting mark RFP) was a railroad connecting Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C. It is now the RF&P Subdivision of the CSX Transportation system.

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Brand/Importer Information: Micro-Trains is the brand name used by both Kadee Quality Products and Micro-Trains Line. For a history of the relationship between the brand and the two companies, please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide.

Manufacturer Information:
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.

Item created by: Lethe on 2015-05-31 17:46:30. Last edited by gdm on 2019-02-01 07:59:54

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