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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 25410 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 - Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern - 49745

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N Scale - Micro-Trains - 25410 - Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 - Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern - 49745 Copyright held by TroveStar

Brand Micro-Trains
Stock Number 25410
Secondary Stock Number 025 00 410
Original Retail Price $10.20
Manufacturer Kadee Quality Products
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Micro-Trains Boxcar 50 Foot FMC 5077
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, FMC, 5077 (Details)
Road or Company Name Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern (Details)
Reporting Marks MNS
Road or Reporting Number 49745
Paint Color(s) Navy Blue with a Silver roof
Print Color(s) Red and White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 1988-05-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety FMC 5077
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era IV: 2nd Gen Diesel (1958 - 1978)
Scale 1/160

Model Information: This model was first produced by Kadee in February of 1981. It is a model of a 50 Foot Steel Rib-Side Single Sliding Door Boxcar. Specifically, this Micro-Trains body style models the FMC 50' 5077 Single Sliding Door prototype. It is also used by Micro-Trains to model Pullman Standard 50' boxcars. Hence on some releases, this car is labeled as a Pullman Standard and in other cases it is labeled as an FMC boxcar, and it also is frequently labeled as a '50' Rib Side Box Car[sic]' with no mention of prototype whatsoever. It appears to be closest to the FMC 5077 boxcar prototype (from the 1970s) in any event. These models can appear with any one of multiple different sliding door types. The doors for this model are operating ones (cool!).

Prototype History:
In the 1970's with the growth of the Per Diem business model, FMC produced a series of 50 foot box cars in different configurations. The single-sliding-door configuration is one of the best known and used widely by many different railroads. These cars were produced using the Gunderson metal works which FMC had acquired in 1965. In late 1975, FMC began producing a 5,077-cubic-foot Plate B box car for IPD and Railbox service. FMC's 5077s have seven panels to either side of the 10-foot door, an X-panel roof, and non-terminating ends that are slightly different from those used on FMC's earlier cars. Note how the sidesill is notched all the way back to the bolsters, a key feature of FMC's mature design.

The main difference between the 5077 cu. ft cars built by FMC vs the 5277-5347 cu. ft cars built by the same manufacturers is the overall height of the car, the smaller 5077 cars were Plate B while the larger 5277-5347 cars were Plate C. Over 4,300 cars were produced from 1975-1979 by FMC's Portland, Oregon plant. The cars were delivered in numerous colorful shortline paint schemes, as well as the nationwide car pool fleet of Railbox. Many secondhand cars were later seen in Class 1 railroads and large leasing company fleets under additional shortline reporting marks.

Road Name History:
The Minneapolis, Northfield and Southern Railway (reporting mark MNS) was an 87-mile-long (140 km) American short line railroad connecting Minneapolis and Northfield, Minnesota. It was incorporated in 1918 to take over the trackage of the former Minneapolis, St. Paul, Rochester and Dubuque Electric Traction Company, also known as the Dan Patch Lines. On 2 June 1982 it was acquired by the Soo Line Railroad, which operated it as a separate railroad until merging it on January 1, 1986.

Until around 1963 it was a Class I railroad; in 1967 it reported 131 million ton-miles of revenue freight on 77 miles (124 km) of railroad.

The railroad was purchased in 1982 by the Soo Line, and merged into the Soo Line in 1986. For decades prior to the sale to the Soo Line, the MN&S had earned a lucrative business interchanging with several Class I railroads.[citation needed] Rock Island and Milwaukee at Northfield, CN&W at Savage, Soo Line at Crystal, M&StL at St Louis Park, and CGW over trackage rights between Randolph and Northfield. But, by the time of the sale to Soo Line in 1982, MN&S interchange business was in shambles with Rock Island and Milwaukee fading in bankruptcy and the sale of CGW in M&StL to C&NW in the 1960s leaving only Soo Line left as a viable interchange partner. The loss of interchange traffic at Randolph when CGW merged with C&NW in 1968 was a significant setback as C&NW already had it owns routes to the Twin Cities and kept most of the ex-CGW inbound freight on its own rails. And by 1982, the Soo Line was ready to make several moves and had plenty of money to counter any competing offers. Soo Line's grand plan was to secure MN&S to Northfield, then purchase the Spine Line to Kansas City from Rock Island in its liquidation. But, C&NW stunned Soo Line[citation needed] by winning the Spine Line for $93 million in 1983. The Soo Line would save face in 1985 by purchasing the bankrupt Milwaukee in a move that stunned C&NW[citation needed] which had offered more money, but the Milwaukee bankruptcy judge ordered the sale to the Soo Line. However, the Soo Line's loss of the Spine Line and the transfer of southbound freight to the former Milwaukee route to Northfield reduced service on the entire MN&S for the next 25 years. But, the line soldiers on today fully intact in much the same manner as when it was sold in 1982. Service between Savage and Lakeville is currently[when?] out of service even though the tracks remain and the Glenwood shops were closed and tracks removed in the mid 1980s after Soo Line took over. But, despite that, of the old Dan Patch mainline extending south to Northfield, the Soo's owner Canadian Pacific Railway still owns the tracks from Savage to Lakeville and from the Minnesota River north to MNS Junction.

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.

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: nscalemodeler160 on 2016-04-07 14:32:16. Last edited by gdm on 2018-03-22 09:27:26

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