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Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« on: October 01, 2013, 02:40:34 PM »
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I was under the impression that all (non Greenville) MTL double plug door rivet side 60' box cars were built in the 70s. However, I have a Grand Trunk box car that says it was built in 1967. On the box, the history of the car says Berwick Forge & Fabricating built it in 1967 and repainted in 1986. I hope that's true, because I have about a dozen such cars that I can't sell. I'd love to be able to use them on my future 1971 layout.


Hmm... give 'em to me.
I'll use 'em for target
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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2013, 03:36:47 PM »
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I decided to try to find a photo of the car I have, and I came close:

http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPicture.aspx?id=263887

My MTL car is #384606, and the photo above is 384600.

I noticed right away that the MTL car's side sill is noticeably different, and the car side is slightly different. Now all I have to do is decide if the MTL car is close enough to use on a 1971 layout. Rats.


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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2013, 03:43:40 PM »
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We really need a good 60' hy cube in N  :x I was hoping Exactrail would do some that they do in HO but no dice yet :|

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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 03:48:35 PM »
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As for the built date I believe the waffle sides were around 1978 and the smooth side ones were late 60's but I could very well be wrong.

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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2013, 04:03:48 PM »
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Kisatchie

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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013, 04:05:14 PM »
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As for the built date I believe the waffle sides were around 1978 and the smooth side ones were late 60's but I could very well be wrong.

I checked Spookshow's site, and it says these MTL cars were built in the 60s and 70s, depending on type:

http://www.spookshow.net/freight/mt60excess.html

I've decided that I'm going to repaint all mine for my fantasy Kisatchie, Gulf & Northern Railroad and say they were built in 1970 by the KG&N shops. That means I can salvage 10 of the cars I was trying to sell.

Don't worry about the GTW car being blue. It's gonna get stripped and repainted too.


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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2013, 09:26:42 PM »
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Just to clarify, the "brown before 1971" rule does not apply to GTW's 86' auto parts boxcars. They were all delivered in blue through the 1960s.

Craig
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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2013, 05:18:32 AM »
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I never was able to figure out what specific prototype Micro-Trains based that model on. Going by the paint schemes they've offered, said model seems to have been used as a stand-in for a whole lot of different cars (and as Kiz has discovered, many of which have noticeable differences from the model).

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Re: Question About Build Date for Micro-Trains 60' Box Car
« Reply #9 on: October 02, 2013, 09:25:32 AM »
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I never was able to figure out what specific prototype Micro-Trains based that model on....

I have a Union Pacific box car too, and it's supposed to be a Greenville car as far as I can tell. Maybe Micro-Trains will redo the car on their new Greenville box car shell.


Hmm... Maybe...

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The cricket jumps across the room onto the other pad.
"It works! It works!"