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Model Information: Mehano first produced this car for MRC and Life-Like in the early 1970s (and possibly as early as the late 1960s). It carries nickel-silver plated wheels and Rapido Couplers. It was later imported by Model Power as well. The Model Power imports was equipped with nickel-silver plated metal wheels, but we found examples (from the photos) of models equipped with injection molded plastic wheels.
Model Power subsequently transferred production of this car to China. The Mehano models are marked 'Made in Yugoslavia' on the underframe and on the cover of the jewel case.
Though Model Power Chinese re-run uses the same road names and numbers, as well as the same stock number, as the Mehano run, there are visible differences like the number and company plates on the sides.
Prototype Description: All-wood 40' stock cars of this general type would most likely have seen service in the early part of the 20th century (say, 1910-1930).
Road Name History:
The company went through several official names and faced bankruptcy several times in that period. The railroad no longer exists as a separate entity, but much of its trackage continues to be used by its successor and other roads. The eastern half of the system merged into the Soo Line Railroad on January 1, 1986.
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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).
Mehano filed for bankruptcy in 2008, but still continued to exist and operate. Since 2012, Mehano products are distributed by Lemke.
Item created by: gdm on 2017-06-30 09:13:18
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