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Model Information: This Model Power stock car is a Chinese knock-off of the Atlas 40 foot Cattle car that was produced in the 1970s. Likely this car first appeared in the 1980s when Model Power contracted with various Chinese manufacturers to replicate various body style from other manufacturers. The mold detail and printing are pretty good, and if you replace the trucks with some MTL Bettendorfs, it will run great on a modern layout.
The models are marked 'HONG-KONG' on the underframe.
This model has previously been produced by Mehano for Model Power. The Mehano models are marked 'Made in Yugoslavia' on the underframe. 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: 40' stock cars with its steel roof and ends were a common sight in the 1940s and 1950s.
Road Name History:
The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).
The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.
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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).
Item created by: gdm on 2017-06-30 09:25:09
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