The Unofficial Micro-Trains� Release Report
Issue #67 - August, 2002 UMTRR 8.2002 (12)
(Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.)
Copyright (C) 2002, George J. Irwin.
Z SCALE: Three, count 'em, three items to tell you
New Release: 14606, Marklin Coupler, $13.20, 14606-2,
$14.90, 40 Foot Bulkhead Flat Car, Galveston
Blue with yellow and red lettering, "Golden West
Reporting Marks: GSVR 459003. (Note: I am assuming
marks are included on the car although the images on
website and in
the "Short Line" do not show this.) Approximate Time
(though 1987 service date given by MTL) to present
The chronology is a little confusing on this new 1:220
July 1987 and the July 1989 ORERs list the Galveston
owning any freight cars. We have to go up to October
before, eh, registering a hit with these cars. It's
fair to state
that the SP, which serviced the real thing in 1987,
still owned or
at least leased it from builder Greenbrier (now
which is the
force behind Golden West Service.
From a prototype fidelity standpoint, the good news
with the ORER listing. The series 443000 to 459034 is
cars of 57
feet inside length, so the best I could say is that
this is a
"representative" model of a Golden West bulkhead flat.
Z Scale, I
think the difference between 40 and 57 feet is
that the GVSR had any bulkheads that short, and my
they did not. I can tell you that the prototype
series has hung
the January 2002 ORER, so "to present" would be the
Reprint: 14507, Marklin Coupler, $10.95, 14507-2,
$12.65, 40 Foot Flat Car, Great Northern. Freight car
lettering including roadname and road number across
GN 66212. Approximate Time Period: mid-1940s (1945
MTL) to mid-1970s (but see text).
The prototype, as listed in the April 1952 ORER, comes
in at 52
length, making it a match for MTL's N Scale 44000 body
but not for
its Z Scale 14500 body style, which is also a
the flat sided flat that was the real thing.
The prototype series, 66000 to 66249, had these
length, 52 feet 9 inch outside length, 3 feet 7 inch
140,000 pounds capacity. The group was at 247 cars in
1964, and 29 in April 1976, six years after the Great
into the Burlington Northern.
Announcement: Coming in October will be a 1:220
version of the
Express train set. This was shown at the NMRA
have the details when the set actually hits stores in
if not before.
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