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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-01471M - Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel - BorgWarner - 42022

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Stock Number 0001-01471M
Tertiary Stock Number 001-147104
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Kato Boxcar 50 Steel Plug Door
Prototype Boxcar, 50 Foot, Steel (Details)
Road or Company Name BorgWarner (Details)
Reporting Marks NIRX
Road or Reporting Number 42022
Paint Color(s) White
Print Color(s) Black
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Body Material Plastic
Release Date 1987-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Boxcar
Model Subtype 50 Foot
Model Variety X58 Plug Door
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160


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Model Information: This body style was designed by Kato for MRC. However, since MRC used elements of previously designed Con-Cor owned toolings, Con-Cor was able to claim that they owned this derived model as well. The rights to the tooling were transferred to Con-Cor and MRC turned to Lima for a replacement tooling for this one. After acquiring the rights to the tooling, Con-Cor had Kato produce the first runs of this car with Con-Cor branding. Perhaps this was out of convenience or perhaps it was part of a legal settlement. Later on, Con-Cor brought the tooling back to the United States for continued production. Likely the tooling was later moved to China in the 1990s, but as of this writing, I am unsure if Con-Cor has produced any Chinese-made runs of this model.

Prototype History: While the 40-foot boxcar was a standard design, and it did come in different setups depending on the type of freight being transported, it was not large enough for efficient mass commodity transportation. The 50-foot boxcar made its first appearance in the 1930s and steadily grew in popularity over the years, which further improved redundancies by allowing for even more space within a given car. Today, the 50-footer remains the common boxcar size. After the second world war ended, and steel became once again readily available, steel became the go-to choice for construction of boxcars. Pullman Standard and ACF were some of the most prolific builders of these cars.

These cars came in many variations. For instance, double-doors became practical for large/wide loads, end-doors useful for very large lading such as automobiles, and interior tie-down equipment was helpful in keeping sensitive products from being damaged in-transit. In 1954 the Santa Fe developed its "Shock Control" (and later "Super Shock Control") technology for new boxcars with upgraded suspension systems to further improve the ride-quality and reduce the chance of damaging freight.

In the 1960s, the flush, "plug" style sliding door was introduced as an option that provides a larger door to ease loading and unloading of certain commodities. The tight-fitting doors are better insulated and allow a car's interior to be maintained at a more even temperature.

Brand/Importer Information: Con-Cor has been in business since 1962. Many things have changed over time as originally they were a complete manufacturing operation in the USA and at one time had upwards of 45 employees. They not only designed the models,but they also built their own molds, did injection molding, painting, printing and packaging on their models.

Currently, most of their manufacturing has been moved overseas and now they import 90% of their products as totally finished goods, or in finished components. They only do some incidental manufacturing today within the USA.




Item created by: gdm on 2017-03-21 10:53:46. Last edited by gdm on 2018-05-05 18:45:01

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