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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 993 01 360 - Boxed Set, Runner Pack - Maintenance of Way

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Stock Number 993 01 360
Secondary Stock Number 993 01 360
Original Retail Price $139.95
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Micro-Trains Line
Body Style Micro-Trains Assortment Heavyweight Passenger Car
Prototype Boxed Set, Runner Pack
Road or Company Name Maintenance of Way (Details)
Reporting Marks MOW
Road or Reporting Number multi
Paint Color(s) Aluminum and Black
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 5
Multipack ID Number 993 01 360
Series Name Runner Pack
Release Date 2015-12-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Freight Cars
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Micro-Trains first ventured into the Passenger Car business in 2009 with the introduction of the Heavyweight RPO car (series 140). Previously, they had purchased cars from other manufacturers which they redecorated themselves. They elected to go with the early 20th century 'Heavyweight' cars. This is perhaps because Kato was already doing such a fine job with the later streamlined, lightweight cars that were popular in the post-war period. Micro-Trains designed a new 3-axle truck specifically for these cars and they have been successful enough that the RPO was joined by two sleepers, an observation car, a dining car, a coach, a parlor car, two baggage cars and even a horse car.

Many of these cars appear in multi-unit sets (often in boxes). These sets are popular as they allow collectors to get several cars for a consist in one shot rather than waiting years for Micro-Trains to release enough variety of body styles in the desired livery to run a prototypical consist.

Road Name History:
Maintenance of Way is a generic term that encompasses all activities and equipment related to maintaining railroad tracks in good condition.
Equipment is highly specialized and diversified. A non exhaustive list below:
  • Ballast cleaner
  • Ballast regulator
  • Clearance car
  • Crane
  • Dynamometer car
  • Grinder
  • Road–rail vehicle (Hi-Rail)
  • Rotary snowplow
  • Scale test car
  • Stoneblower
  • Tamping machine
  • Track geometry car

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:
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.

Please consult our Micro-Trains Collector's Guide

Item created by: gdm on 2015-08-19 13:15:21. Last edited by CMK on 2020-12-04 09:27:51

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