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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 985 51 605 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Budd - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - 141

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 985 51 605 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Budd - Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey - 141 Image Courtesy of Micro-Trains Line


Stock Number 985 51 605
Brand Micro-Trains
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Image Provider's Website Link
Body Style Con-Cor Passenger Smoothside 85 Foot Sleeper
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Car, Lightweight, Budd (Details)
Road or Company Name Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey (Details)
Reporting Marks RBBX
Road or Reporting Number 141
Paint Color(s) White
Print Color(s) Red
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler Mount Body-Mount
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number 993 00 051
Multipack Element 2
Series Name Runner Pack
Series Release/Issue Number 51
Release Date 2011-05-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Lightweight/Streamlined
Model Subtype Budd
Model Variety Smoothside 72 Foot Baggage Car
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)



Model Information: This model has been around for a while. The originals were produced by Kato Japan operating as Sekisui Kinzoku. Later versions were made in China. The models are based on prototypes from the late 1950's and reasonably accurate though somewhat "generic". As of 2016, these have been produced in 40 road names across 7 different varieties for a total of 280 cars. Each road name has a Baggage-Mail, Baggage, Coach, Sleeper, Dome, Diner and Observation variety

The models are currently available in both Micro-Trains Magnetmatic? couplers as well as Con-Cor's "Rigid Face" couplers. They are fully assembled "RTR" models with detailed interiors, and add-on lighting kits are separately available.

Prototype History:
In the post-war period, passenger rail service boomed. In order to increase efficiency, the railroads set to replacing their old wood, steel and concrete heavyweight passenger cars with newer lightweight, streamlined cars. The new cars were made from stainless steel, aluminum and Cor-Ten steel. These cars required less motive power to pull and were cheaper to manufacture. Production was also concentrated in a few manufacturers rather than each railroad making its own. This led to standardization which further reduced costs. The new "lightweight" cars were also given "streamlined" designs to make them more visually appealing. Budd, Pullman Standard and ACF were all well known manufacturers of these cars.

Budd was well known for their corrugated cars (for which they held a patent).

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 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.

Item created by: gdm on 2016-01-15 14:45:07. Last edited by gdm on 2020-06-09 07:31:07

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