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Model Information: AHM contracted Roco to use the create the "Covered Gondola" in the late 1960s. After AHM stopped ordering these from Roco, Con-Cor started releasing the same mold. The AHM versions are stamped "AHM Austria" in the underframe.
All-steel gondolas date back to the early part of the 20th century. However, most of the early ones were shorter, 40' designs. The ubiquitous 50' steel gondola we see modeled so often today is more along the lines of gondolas produced following the second world war when steel became once again readily available. Generally, they had a capacity of 70 tons and were 52'6" long. The first models of this design were produced by the Erie Railroad and the Greenville Steel Car Co, but nearly identical cars were produced by Pullman, ACF and Bethlehem.
Road Name History:
In 1897, the Tube Works acquired some competing steel mills that were springing up around the county. Purchases continued over the next few years and many of the competing mills were closed down and their equipment was moved to Shelby. By 1900, The Shelby Steel Tube Company was the world's leading manufacturer of steel tubing. At some point Shelby Steel renamed itself to Ohio Seamless Tube company and filed the OSTUCO Shelby Ohio trademark.
When AHM went out of business IHC picked up some of their line. Also, at least one body style was taken over by Eastern Seaboard models.
On July 15, 2005 ROCO Modellspielwaren GmbH was declared bankrupt. From July 25 the company continues as Modelleisenbahn GmbH, but still uses the Roco brand and associated logo. On October 1, 2007, distribution of the 'Minitank' product series was assigned to the German model car manufacturer Herpa.
Since February 2008 Modelleisenbahn also owns Fleischmann, which like Roco had gone bankrupt. The two companies continue as separate brands under Modelleisenbahn GmbH, while benefiting from economies of scale through joined development projects, marketing and procurement.
Item created by: gdm on 2016-11-30 10:44:18. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-01 07:43:28
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