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N Scale - Model Power - 3427 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3 - Conrail - 878015

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N Scale - Model Power - 3427 - Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3 - Conrail - 878015


Brand Model Power
Stock Number 3427
Original Retail Price $3.50
Manufacturer Mehano
Body Style Mehano Open Hopper 2-Bay PS-3
Road or Company Name Conrail (Details)
Reporting Marks CR
Road or Reporting Number 878015
Paint Color(s) Red
Print Color(s) White
Body Construction Plastic
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 1984-01-01
Item Category Rolling Stock
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 2-Bay
Model Variety 36 Foot PS-3 Peak End
Prototype Open Hopper, 2-Bay PS-3
Region North America
Era/Epoch Era II: 1901 - 1938


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Specific Item Information: Car bottom shows only Made In Yugoslavia

Body Style Information: This model is a Mehano knockoff of the Atlas "First Generation" car (as made by Roco). It was first produced in the late 1960s and has since been imported by MRC, Model Power, AHM/IHC, and Life-Like. It models a PS-3 2-Bay open hopper with peaked ends.

Road/Company Information:
The Consolidated Rail Corporation, commonly known as Conrail (reporting mark CR), was the primary Class I railroad in the Northeast U.S. between 1976 and 1999. Conrail is a portmanteau of "consolidated" and "rail" from the name of the company.

The U.S. federal government created Conrail to take over the potentially profitable lines of multiple bankrupt carriers, including the Penn Central Transportation Company and Erie Lackawanna Railway. With the benefit of industry-wide regulatory requirements being reduced (via the 4R Act and the Staggers Act), Conrail began to turn a profit in the 1980s and was turned over to private investors in 1987. The two remaining Class I railroads in the East, CSX Transportation and the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), agreed in 1997 to split the system approximately equally, returning rail freight competition to the Northeast by essentially undoing the 1968 merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and New York Central Railroad that created Penn Central. Following Surface Transportation Board approval, CSX and NS took control in August 1998, and on June 1, 1999, began operating their portions of Conrail.

Brand/Importer Information:
Founded in the late 1960's by Michael Tager, the 3rd generation business specializes in quality hobby products serving the toy and hobby markets worldwide. During its 50 years of operation, Model Power has developed a full line of model railroading products, die-cast metal aircraft, and die-cast metal cars and trucks.

In early 2014, Model Power ceased its business operations. Its extensive portfolio of intellectual property and physical assets are now exclusively produced, marketed, sold, and distributed by MRC (Model Power, MetalTrain and Mantua) and by Daron (Postage Stamp Airplanes and Airliner Collection).


Manufacturer Information:
Mehano is a Slovenian toy manufacturer located in Izola, Slovenija. The company was founded as Mehanotehnika and was producing toys starting in June 1953. They first exhibited at the Nuerenberg Toy Fair in 1959. Mehano produced a number of different locomotives and rolling stock models for the North American market in the 1960s and 1970s. Companies such as Atlas and Life-Like imported a huge variety of their products. Generally they can easily be recognized as they are stamped "Yugosolavia" on the underframe. The company was formally renamed "Mehano" in 1990. Izola today is part of the country of Slovenia since the breakup of Yugoslavia.


Item created by: gdm on 2017-03-28 11:34:48. Last edited by gdm on 2017-03-28 11:36:50

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