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UMTRR October 2003

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  • jmac_han
    IRWINSJOURNAL.COM Presents: The Unofficial Micro-TrainsĀ® Release Report Issue #82 - October, 2003 (Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.) Copyright (C)
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 29, 2003
      IRWINSJOURNAL.COM Presents:
      The Unofficial Micro-TrainsĀ® Release Report
      Issue #82 - October, 2003
      (Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.)

      Copyright (C) 2003, George J. Irwin.

      Z SCALE:

      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
      build date).

      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
      Visit the website: http://www.irwinsjournal.com/umtrr

      Reprinted with permission:
      The moderator
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