UMTRR October 2003
- IRWINSJOURNAL.COM Presents:
The Unofficial Micro-Trains® Release Report
Issue #82 - October, 2003
(Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.)
Copyright (C) 2003, George J. Irwin.
New Release: 14919, Marklin Coupler, $18.75, 14919-2, Micro-Trains
Coupler, $20.50, 40 Foot Plug Door Boxcar, Chicago Great Western.
Dark boxcar red with red lettering including reporting marks on left
and large "DF" on right. "Lucky Strike" herald on left. Reporting
Marks: CGW 382. Approximate Time Period: decade of the 1960's (1960
See the commentary above on the 21430 N Scale release. Note, though,
that MTL's car copy describing the car as having Archbar trucks
should not be correct. At least, I hope it isn't correct because the
car would be really inaccurate. The website borrows the image of the
N Scale release so no help there.
Reprint: 14404, Marklin Coupler, $14.50, 14404-2, Micro-Trains
Coupler, $16.30, 39 Foot Single Dome Tank Car, GATX/ General American
Transportation. Black with yellow lettering including reporting
marks and company name on left and triangular GATX logo on right.
Reporting Marks: GATX 19291. Approximate Time Period: late 1950's
(1957 build date given by MTL) to late 1960's at least. Previous
Releases: Road Number 19283, March 1985 with Marklin Couplers and
July 1987 with Micro-Trains Couplers (how about that?).
This car echoes the February 2003 reprint in N Scale, catalog number
65040, but with a different road number that actually hasn't been
done in 1:160. As I noted back in February, prototype data is mighty
scarce on this car despite its famous lineage as part of one of the
largest ever lessors of railroad equipment. The January 1959 ORER
(Westerfield CD-ROM) has the series listed with no other information;
18700 to 19999 of 665 cars with 100,000 pounds capacity. In January
1964 this was 372 cars and in April 1970 just 77. I also noted that
the use of the GATX trademark which was usually found on Airslide
covered hoppers was probably unusual at best. Since then nothing's
come to light that adds incremental information.
--George in Ellison Park, New York
--Author, The Unofficial Micro-Trains Release Report
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