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2011 Issue - Manistee and Northeastern Railway

Graphic design and layout © 2011 Buffalo Creek Graphics. All rights reserved. Manistee and Northeastern Railway 40' Boxcars. HISTORY: M&NE operated along the northwestern shore of Lake Michigan on the Lower Peninsula of Michigan. The "main line" extended from Manistee to Traverse City; 70 miles. At one time, there were two branch lines to Provemont, 15 miles, and Northport, 23 miles, for a total of 108 miles of railroad. Founded in 1887, by a lumber company in Manistee, the line was surveyed along a circuitous route. The purpose was to gain access to the maximum amount of the biggest, old-growth timber in the region. Large logs were carried on M&NE flatcars to the sawmills in Manistee. Finished lumber was then loaded out, most likely in boxcars. In addition to lumber, M&NE boxcars may have been used to originate other products from the region, such as salt, paper products, potatoes, cherries, and apples. As an independent company, freight service continued until 1955, when the M&NE was merged into the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. MODEL: For their 2011 NMRRC Model Club Car, the Northern Michigan RailRoad Club has chosen this car to represent their home town railroad history. Although not 100% accurate to the prototype cars, the model is of a Crown/Weaver 1932 ARA 40’ steel boxcar. It looks sharp, and runs great. Custom-decorated by Buffalo Creek Graphics. TRUE Limited Edition = only 100 cars total. Made in the USA. Never before offered in O-Scale. Production model shown. Three road numbers. All cars have diecast trucks, two-rail or three-rail. Shipped NIB with window display box and collector's labeling. Sold out, collectible.