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N Scale - AHM - 4454I - Reefer, 45 Foot, Steel - Carnation Milk - 25003

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Brand AHM
Stock Number 4454I
Original Retail Price $1.98
Manufacturer Lima
Body Style Lima Reefer 45 Foot Steel
Road or Company Name Carnation Milk (Details)
Reporting Marks CM
Road or Reporting Number 25003
Paint Color(s) White
Print Color(s) Red and Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Injection Molded Plastic
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Multipack ID Number 4454C-I
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Reefer
Model Subtype 45 Foot
Model Variety Steel
Prototype Reefer, 45 Foot, Steel
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era III: 1939 - 1957


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Body Style Information: This body style was first produced by Lima for MRC, Model Power and AHM in the 1960s and 1970s. There are several versions of this car. One difference is some have a molded-on roof-walk, and another has a separate roof-walk. Also, one has deep ribs and the other has shallow ribs. The shallow rib version is likely the later tooling. The shallow rib version displays clearly visible rivet details. Model Power later made a knock-off of the shallow rib version in China.

Brand/Importer Information:
AHM is the initials for Associated Hobby Manufacturers, Inc. The company was founded in 1959 as a reseller of other companies' model railroad components. Initially an HO company, they entered into N Scale in the early 1970's as an importer of products made by Roco in Austria. For N Scale products, AHM apparently contracted to use the exact same molds as were used by Roco to produce early Atlas models. They also contracted with Rivarossi to make locomotives.

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.



Manufacturer Information:
Lima S.p.A (Lima Models) was a brand of railway models made in Vicenza, Italy, for almost 50 years, from the early 1950s until the company ceased trading in 2004. Lima was a popular, affordable brand of 00 gauge and N gauge model railway material in the UK, more detailed H0 and N gauge models in France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and the United States as well as South Africa, Scandinavia and Australia. Lima also produced a small range of 0 gauge models. Lima partnered with various distributors and manufacturers, selling under brands such as A.H.M., Model Power, and Minitrain. Market pressures from superior Far Eastern produce in the mid-1990s led to Lima merging with Rivarossi, Arnold, and Jouef. Ultimately, these consolidations failed and operations ceased in 2004.

Hornby Railways offered €8 million to acquire Lima's assets (including tooling, inventory, and the various brand names) in March of the same year, the Italian bankruptcy court of Brescia (town near Milan, last headquarters of Lima) approving the offer later that year. In December 2004, Hornby Railways formally announced the acquisition along with the Rivarossi (H0 North American and Italian prototypes), Arnold (N scale European prototypes), Jouef (H0 scale French prototypes), and Pocher (die-cast metal automobile kits) ranges. As of mid-2006, a range of these products has been made available under the Hornby International brand, refitted with NEM couplings and sprung buffers and sockets for DCC (Digital Command Control) decoders.

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Item created by: gdm on 2017-03-20 20:34:38

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