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Model Information: These cars were made by Roco under contract for AHM. Later the body style was produced for Con-Cor and JC Timmer. It features a distinctive combo door configuration along with standard 1st gen rolling stock features such as Rapido Couplers and nickel-silver plated wheelsets with deep flanges.
The main reason all the large box cars today have mostly plug doors, is that large sliding doors just get too hard to move. I remember trying to open 8' sliding doors, and unless the cars were fairly new, open and closing sliding doors was a real PITA. After and car was several years old, you's see where the door was getting all banged up from people using forklift blades to open and close the doors. Plug doors run on wide runners and rollers, and are easier to move. And since the doors are out away from the car side, there is not problem when a car side is bulged out.
Road Name History:
Like many railroads in the northeast already financially vulnerable from the expanding U.S. Interstate Highway System, the line was severely weakened fiscally by the extent, duration and record flood levels due to Hurricane Agnes in 1972. It would never recover, and most of the corporation's holdings were subsumed into the federal rescue purchases creating Conrail in 1976, ending its days as an operating railroad company.
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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 2017-03-01 12:50:01. Last edited by gdm on 2018-06-08 11:45:12
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