UMTRR August, 2001
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Copyright (C) 2001, George J. Irwin.
Z SCALE NEW RELEASES: No releases this month.
Z SCALE REPRINTS:
14505, Marklin® Coupler, $10.10; 14505-2, Magne-Matic® Coupler,
$11.80 - 40 Foot Flat Car, Union Pacific. Brown with yellow
lettering including reporting marks on left and "Serves all the
West" slogan on right. Reporting Marks: UP 51547. Approximate
Time Period: mid-1950's to mid-1970's as painted, see text.
This is erroneously listed as a new release in the printed MTL
flyers and in the website as it exists at "press time" but I have
been told that it is in fact a reprint. It's been run at least
twice before in road numbers 51501 and 51508. One of these days
I'll get a definitive Z Scale release database going, or maybe MTL
will. That's an area in which I would definitely accept help!
The "typical of" disclaimer in the MTL car copy suggests that this
scheme may not be entirely prototypical, but I can't validate this
one way or the other. I can tell you that while MTL gives the
built date as 1930 and the paint scheme as belonging to the 1930's,
the car series is not in the January 1940 ORER (Westerfield CD-ROM).
There are series all around it, but there are no cars numbered
in the 51000's at all. What? We do no better in the July 1950
ORER either. Finally, I pick up series 51501 to 51800 up in the
January 1959 ORER (Westerfield CD-ROM) of 42 foot 6 inch "inside"
length, for 285 cars. But this seems out of the Approximate Time
Period for the "Serves All The West" slogan, doesn't it?
Maybe not. The N Scale reprint 45050 flat car which had the "Serves
All The West" slogan on one side of the car and the "Road of the
Streamliners" slogan on the other side dates out to the 1940's to
the 1960's. So we may not be off after all. For the record,
the series stands at 276 cars in January 1964, 249 cars in April
1970 and 124 cars in April 1981, but by that time I believe that
the cars would no longer be wearing any slogan at all. How does
this jive with the 1930 built date? Well, it probably doesn't.
Based on the ORER listings it looks like the 51000 series would
have been assigned to the OWR&N subsidiary of the Union Pacific
had it been around in the 1930's. But I think 1:220 modellers in
the 1950's and 1960's time period are A-OK.