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  • Jeffrey MacHan
    From: George Irwin To: UMTRR@ix Subject: UMTRR 2002.02 (11) Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 10:56:27 -0500 IRWINSJOURNAL.COM
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      From: George Irwin <gji@...>
      To: "UMTRR@ix" <umtrr@...>
      Subject: UMTRR 2002.02 (11)
      Date: Mon, 04 Feb 2002 10:56:27 -0500

      IRWINSJOURNAL.COM Presents:
      The Unofficial Micro-Trains´┐Ż Release Report
      February, 2002
      (Not affiliated with Micro-Trains Line, Inc.)

      Copyright (C) 2002, George J. Irwin.


      Z SCALE:

      New Release: 14145, Marklin Coupler, $16.25, 14145-2, Micro-Trains Coupler,
      $17.95, 40 Foot Single Door Boxcar, Union Pacific. Mineral red (dark
      boxcar red) with yellow lettering including roadname and reporting marks on
      left. Alternating slogan "Road of the Streamliners" and "Be Specific-Ship
      Union Pacific" on right sides of car. Approximate Time Period: early
      1950's (1950 shop date given by MTL) to as late as the mid-1970s, but more
      likely into the early 1960's.

      See the N Scale listing below for commentary, excepting that about the
      three different releases of similarly painted UP box cars which only
      applies to N Scale.

      N SCALE NEW RELEASES:

      20296, $12.80 - 40 Foot Single Door Boxcar (Youngstown or "Narrow Rib"
      Door), Union Pacific. Mineral Red (dark boxcar red) with yellow lettering
      including roadname and reporting marks on
      left. Alternating slogan "Road of the Streamliners" and "Be Specific-Ship
      Union Pacific" on right sides of car. Reporting Marks: UP 193450.
      Approximate Time Period: early 1950's (1950 shop date given by MTL) to as
      late as the mid-1970s, but more likely into the early 1960's.

      After last month's quite exotic entry for the Express Service business of
      the UP, here's a more typical boxcar that rode the rails in the fifties.
      This scheme reflects the circa-1949 replacement of the slogan "Serves All
      The West" with the slogan "Be Specific-Ship Union Pacific"-- I guess UP
      finally figured out that Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and North and
      South Dakota are considered to be part of the West?

      The series 193000 to 193748 is listed in the July 1950 Official Railway
      Equipment Register (ORER) (Westerfield CD-ROM) with the description "Box,
      Steel, Z-Bar" and the following vital statistics: Inside length 40 feet 5
      inches, outside length 41 feet 10 inches, inside height 10 feet 6 inches,
      door opening 6 feet, and capacity 100,000 pounds. There were 741 cars in
      the group. And there were another five thousand or so cars with similar
      dimensions in the road number neighborhood as well. The total number of
      cars had eased to 729 in the January 1959 ORER (Westerfield CD-ROM again)
      and to 717 in the January 1964 Register. I'd call that the most probable
      time period for the operation of this car as painted, since in late 1953
      the dual slogans were eliminated and the "Be Specific" slogan was painted
      on both sides of the car. My guess is that by '64, many (but not all!) of
      the series had been repainted. But for the record, the series didn't see
      its end until sometime after April 1976, when there were still 13 cars on
      the roster.

      Both the "Road of the Streamliners" and the "Be Specific" slogans have
      appeared on Union Pacific boxcars before; in fact, on 20000 series MTL
      Union Pacific boxcars before. And even both on the same car... catalog
      number 20286, to be exact, which was released in a three-pack back in July
      1995. And then there's the reprint of catalog 20620 from August 1996. All
      of these appear to carry identical paint schemes. What's up with this?
      The difference between the cars is in a detail. Take a look at the lower
      right of the car side, below the slogan. On this new release, the UP car
      class is B-50-33; on the 20620 reprint, it's B-50-32; and on the 20286
      threesome, it's B-50-24. You mean, that's it? There are "not a reprints"
      with larger differences than that, and this is counted as a new release?
      Uh, yeah, I guess so. One problem: According to John Nehrich's various
      citations presented on the RPI website, all of these 50 ton boxcars (that's
      the "B-50" part) are variations on the 1937 AAR design and were built too
      early to be the PS-1s which are the base for the MTL 20000 series.


      As long as we're counting "up" 20000 series box cars for the Union Pacific,
      there is also the 20089/20070 release which began with the "Class of 1972"
      original series of Kadee Micro-Trains cars, and there's the 20710, released
      December 1986, which includes the large roadname, the shield herald, and
      the "Automated Railway" slogan.

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