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    IRWINSJOURNAL.COM Presents: The Unofficial Micro-Trains® Release Report Issue #72 - December, 2002 (Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.) Copyright (C)
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      IRWINSJOURNAL.COM Presents:
      The Unofficial Micro-Trains® Release Report
      Issue #72 - December, 2002
      (Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.)

      Copyright (C) 2002, George J. Irwin

      Z SCALE:

      New Release: 13519, Marklin Coupler, $16.95; 13519-2,
      Micro-Trains Coupler,
      $18.65 - 50 Foot Boxcar with Single Youngstown Door, Chicago,
      Burlington
      and Quincy.  Dark boxcar red with white lettering including
      reporting marks
      on left, and "Burlington Route" herald and alternating slogans
      on right
      ("Way of the Zephyrs" on side closest to brakewheel and
      "Everywhere West"
      on other side).  Reporting Marks: CB&Q 21383.  Approximate
      Time
      Period:
      early 1940's (1941 build date given by MTL) to at least the
      1960's. 

      If this isn't the first Z Scale car with the "@BW" thing going
      on, it's
      certainly one of the first.  There have been only three other
      CB&Q releases
      since Micro-Trains began making Z Scale cars: a tank car, a
      gondola, and a
      Chinese Red boxcar (their catalog 14107) which might have
      been
      the first
      1:220 MTL car with alternating slogans.  (Its N Scale
      counterpart had 'em.)  

      If nothing else, this release gives MTL an easy way to leverage
      the already
      prepared artwork produced for the N Scale car; it's even the
      same number,
      although it won't have the Allied Full Cushion trucks that came
      on the
      1:160 car.  And that means I can leverage the already prepared
      commentary
      produced for the N Scale car.  To wit: The ORER for July 1950
      (Westerfield
      CD-ROM) shows the CB&Q series 21000 to 22749 with a total of
      1093 cars,
      description "Box, All Steel".  Most of these were AAR
      Classification "XM"
      but 25 were equipped with DF loaders and given AAR
      Classification XME,
      although that's probably not how they were built.  The inside
      length was 50
      feet 6 inches, outside length 52 feet 3 inches, inside height 10
      feet 6
      inches, extreme height 15 feet 1 inch, door opening 8 feet,
      capacity 4949
      cubic feet or 100,000 pounds.  In January 1959 there were 935
      cars without
      and 171 cars with the DF loaders.  In January 1964 there were
      922 without
      DF and 165 with, and in April 1970 under Burlington Northern,
      there were
      still nearly 400 cars remaining although 48 of them had been
      demoted to the
      dreaded "hide and tankage loading."  And yes, that's an edited
      "reprint" of
      the March 2002 bytes on the N Scale car.  Please refer to that
      issue for
      the complete ramble.


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      Reprint: 14001, Marklin Coupler, $100.50; 14001-2, Micro-Trains
      Coupler,
      $102.10 -
      F7A Diesel Locomotive, Union Pacific. Yellow with gray roof and
      red
      stripes.  Red lettering including roadname on side.  Road
      Number: 1467
      (will be "UP 1467" on website listing).  Approximate Time
      Period: early
      1950's to early 1960's. 

      One thing you can say about MTL's Z Scale efforts is that they
      try to keep
      a good selection of locomotives in stock and available.  In the
      October 1,
      2002 price list there were eight powered F-7As, three unpowered
      A's and
      five unpowered B's.  Not bad, not bad at all.

      The Union Pacific had a bunch of F3's and F7's of various
      varieties (sorry
      N Scalers: no FT's though).  This number comes out of the group
      1466 to
      1480 of 15 F7A's. According to the site http://utahrails.net ,
      which
      contains an excellent all-time UP loco roster, these units were
      in service
      from 1951 to 1964.  They were apparently each paired with two B
      units, to
      yield, for example, 1467-1467B-1467C.  The 1467 was traded
      into
      EMD in June
      1964.  Can't get more accurate than that!  But if you want even
      more data,
      I heartily recommend visiting the rest of Don Strack's Utahrails
      site
      http://utahrails.net . He's included a history of the UP's F
      units
      including an entire narrative section on the F7's, and
      information on how
      they were painted.  I couldn't find any prototype images on the
      'net (the
      phrase "'Union Pacific' + F7 + Photo" returns around 500
      possibilities, a
      few too many to wade through) but that doesn't mean that there
      aren't any.
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