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Model Information: This is an early (1960s) model from Arnold. It features pretty good detail in the molding and exceptional (for 1967 or so) quality printing. The blackened metal wheels, while not being low-profile are not excessively flanged and may even run OK on Code 55 track. Unfortunately the trucks are of the 'clip-on' variety and may prove difficult to swap out for MTL trucks. Some of these models come with factory coal loads which are adequate for today and quite impressive for the 1960s. These loads are easy to remove if you wish to replace them with something better.
Road Name History:
Until 1972, when the company was sold to its employees, it was named the Chicago and North Western Railway. The C&NW became one of the longest railroads in the United States as a result of mergers with other railroads, such as the Chicago Great Western Railway, Minneapolis and St. Louis Railway and others.
By 1995, track sales and abandonment had reduced the total mileage back to about 5,000. The majority of the abandoned and sold lines were lightly trafficked branches in Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Large line sales, such as those that resulted in the Dakota, Minnesota and Eastern Railroad further helped reduce the railroad to a mainline core with several regional feeders and branches.
The company was purchased by Union Pacific Railroad (UP) in April 1995 and ceased to exist.
Read more on Wikipedia.
Starting in 1967, Arnold and Revell, Inc. of Venice, California entered into a distribution relationship. These new trains would be called MicroTRAINs. The first catalog, dated 1967, shows first generation Arnold rapido F-units on the cover.
Item created by: gdm on 2018-01-12 16:14:50
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