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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-040345-2 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Great Northern Baggage - VIA Rail Canada - 9627

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-040345-2 - Passenger Car, Lightweight, Great Northern Baggage - VIA Rail Canada - 9627
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Stock Number0001-040345-2
Original Retail Price$34.98
BrandCon-Cor
ManufacturerCon-Cor
Body StyleCon-Cor Passenger Smoothside 84 Foot Baggage
Prototype VehiclePassenger Car, Lightweight, Great Northern Baggage (Details)
Road or Company NameVIA Rail Canada (Details)
Road or Reporting Number9627
Paint Color(s)Blue and Black with Yellow Stripes
Print Color(s)Yellow
Coupler TypeMT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Coupler MountBody-Mount
Wheel TypeInjection Molded Plastic
Wheel ProfileSmall Flange (Low Profile)
Release Date2016-10-01
Item CategoryPassenger Cars
Model TypeLightweight/Streamlined
Model SubtypeSmoothside
Model Variety84 Foot Baggage Car
Prototype RegionNorth America
Prototype EraNA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced1947-1950s
Scale1/160



Model Information: This model has been around for a while. The originals were produced by Kato Japan operating as Sekisui Kinzoku. Later versions were made in China. The models are based on prototypes from the late 1950's and reasonably accurate though somewhat "generic".
This baggage car model is a close match to Great Northern’s baggage cars, which they rebuilt from heavyweight passenger cars from 1947 through the early 50’s.

As of 2016, these have been produced in 40 road names across 7 different varieties for a total of 280 cars. Each road name has a Baggage-Mail, Baggage, Coach, Sleeper, Dome, Diner and Observation variety

The models are currently available in both Micro-Trains Magnetmatic couplers as well as Con-Cor's "Rigid Face" couplers. They are fully assembled "RTR" models with detailed interiors, and add-on lighting kits are separately available.
Prototype History:
Great Northern’s baggage cars were rebuilt from heavyweight passenger cars from 1947 through the early 50’s. Though the Great Northern ordered RPO cars new from AC&F and PS during 1947-1951, baggage cars were rebuilt from old heavyweight cars. Thus GN had a variety of lengths (74' to 85'), trucks, doors, door spacing, and roofs.
GN rebuilt baggage cars roster here on the Friends of BN Railroad website.
Road Name History:
Via Rail Canada (reporting mark VIA) (generally shortened to Via Rail or Via; styled corporately as VIA Rail Canada) is an independent crown corporation, subsidized by the Minister of Transport, mandated to offer intercity passenger rail services in Canada.

On January 12, 1977, CN spun off its passenger services as a separate Crown corporation, VIA Rail Canada. At its inception, Via acquired all CN passenger cars and locomotives. Following several months of negotiation, on October 29, 1978, Via took over operation of CP passenger train services, and took possession of cars and locomotives. Passenger train services which were not included in the creation of Via Rail included those offered by BC Rail, Algoma Central Railway, Ontario Northland Railway, Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway, various urban commuter train services operated by CN and CP, and remaining CN passenger services in Newfoundland.
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.

Important Note: The Con-Cor product numbering can be very confusing. Please see here in the article how to properly enter Con-Cor stock numbers in the TroveStar database.
Item created by: gdm on 2016-10-04 16:53:27. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-10-31 13:57:09

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