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Micro-Trains To Release Completely New Boeing Fuselage Train Car Set In 2019

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Scheduled to arrive in March 2019, Micro-Trains Line has announced a completely new fuselage train car set release.

Micro-Trains Line Boeing Fuselage Train Car Sets Pre-Production Artwork

A first and second production run model is depicted at the top of the image.

Depicting a different, contemporary prototype, the pair of 89 foot flatcars in these sets will have newly designed deck details, MTTX markings, and no component box mounted on the idler cars.

Along with the white door, window, nose cone mount, and wing root mount coverings, the revised decal sheet will include additional yellow covering tape striping, several blacked out cockpit windows, black stabilizer and tail cone mount coverings, a nose gear covering, several sets of hull numbers, and brush guard lettering..

Micro-Trains To Re-Release Its Very Unique Southern Pacific Impact Car In 2018

Like the stock number 020 00 157 Union Pacific Impact Car that was announced in the February 2018 copy of The Micro-News, with the exception of the included interior load, the Micro-Trains® Line stock number 031 00 490 Southern Pacific Impact Car that was announced in the May 2018 copy of The Micro-News appears to be a re-run of a car that was originally [...]

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Micro-Trains Product and Packaging Variations Guide

This guide was designed to provide the key information needed to identify significant Kadee® Micro-Trains® and Micro-Trains® Line product and packaging variations. Compiled by Neville C. Wilson, when relevant, additional information is added to any material that has already been referenced. Also available online are " Micro-Trains: The "Standard by Choice" of Model Railroaders Around the World!", which documents the history of [...]

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Micro-Trains To Re-Release Its Very Unique Union Pacific Impact Car In 2018

With the exception of the included interior load, the Micro-Trains® Line stock number 020 00 157 Union Pacific Impact Car that was announced in the February 2018 copy of The Micro-News appears to be a re-run of a car that was originally released as part of the special run NSC 00-95 Union Pacific and Southern Pacific "Impact Cars" set [...]

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A Bitter 1894 Railway Workers Strike Culminated In Labor Day

While the vast majority of Americans enjoy a welcome day off from work on Labor Day, the "unofficial end of summer", unbeknown to many, a bitter strike and the bloody strife that ensued, culminated in the establishment of this federal holiday.Called the Progressive Era by historians, the period of time spanning the 1890s to the 1920s [...]

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Pullman Standard's PS-2CD 4427 Covered Hopper

Even with Pullman Standard Car Manufacturing Company's passenger car designs and patents spun off to a separate company called Pullman Technology in 1982 (which was eventually sold to Canadian based Bombardier in 1987) and Pullman Standard's remaining railcar manufacturing plants and freight car designs and patents sold to Trinity Industries in 1984, American manufactured Pullman [...]

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Necessity Breeds Innovation: The Vert-A-Pac Railroad Auto Carrier

Aimed at reducing shipping costs and minimizing transport related damage a uniquely American railway innovation entered service in April 1970.The Vert-A-Pac Car Model Railroader Magazine Article October 1971Measuring 89' 4" long Vert-A-Pac automobile carriers transported thirty sub-compact cars in the same cubic space as conventional tri-level autoracks, which were designed to transport eighteen standard sized [...]

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An Engineering Marvel: The Schnabel Car

A very specialized piece of rolling stock, the Schnabel Car is a heavy railway transport vehicle that is designed to carry over-sized loads such as electric generators, oil refinery cracking towers, nuclear reactor vessels, and transformers over conventional rails. Initially patented on June 24, 1974, under United States Patent Number 3788237, the basic Schnabel Car design calls for a pair of [...]

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The Krupp K5 [E] World War II German Railway Artillery Gun

Since heavy naval guns had already come into use in land based coastal fortifications, when mounted on railway carriages, extremely heavy land-based artillery cannons were no longer confined to stationary locations, which in addition to their being used as mobile coastal defense batteries, enabled their use on the battlefield, where they were deployed in groups.As offensive and defensive weapons, the development [...]

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Micro-Trains: Early Kadee Production Trivia

With a retail price of $3.00 each (i.e., with the exception of green and white printed stock number 20018 and black and white printed stock number 20093, which retailed for $3.25 each and may have been the first American manufactured N-Scale models to bear a slight upcharge to cover the cost of the additional pad [...]

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