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N Scale - Con-Cor - 1661D - Open Hopper, 3-Bay Composite - Pennsylvania

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Stock Number 1661D
Tertiary Stock Number 001-01661D
Original Retail Price $2.25
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Brand Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Open Hopper 3-Bay 40 Foot Composite
Prototype Vehicle Open Hopper, 3-Bay Composite (Details)
Road or Company Name Pennsylvania (Details)
Reporting Marks PRR
Paint Color(s) Boxcar Red
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Open Hopper
Model Subtype 3-Bay
Model Variety 40 Foot Composite
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)
Scale 1/160
Release Date 1973-01-01



Model Information: Unlike many of the other early Con-Cor toolings, this one was produced from the get-go in the Con-Cor Chicago facility.

Prototype History:
Composite side hoppers use a wooden sides with steel bracing. They are heavier than all-steel cars, but at their time of manufacture, wood was a cheaper and more readily available material than steel, and when full loaded, the weight of the car was a small fraction of the overall weight and thus the difference was largely irrelevant.

Road Name History:
The Pennsylvania Railroad (reporting mark PRR) was an American Class I railroad, founded in 1846. Commonly referred to as the "Pennsy," the PRR was headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The PRR was the largest railroad by traffic and revenue in the U.S. for the first half of the twentieth century. Over the years, it acquired, merged with or owned part of at least 800 other rail lines and companies. At the end of 1925, it operated 10,515 miles of rail line; in the 1920s, it carried nearly three times the traffic as other railroads of comparable length, such as the Union Pacific or Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads. Its only formidable rival was the New York Central (NYC), which carried around three-quarters of PRR's ton-miles.

At one time, the PRR was the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, with a budget larger than that of the U.S. government and a workforce of about 250,000 people. The corporation still holds the record for the longest continuous dividend history: it paid out annual dividends to shareholders for more than 100 years in a row.

In 1968, PRR merged with rival NYC to form the Penn Central Transportation Company, which filed for bankruptcy within two years. The viable parts were transferred in 1976 to Conrail, which was itself broken up in 1999, with 58 percent of the system going to the Norfolk Southern Railway (NS), including nearly all of the former PRR. Amtrak received the electrified segment east of Harrisburg.

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 2016-12-14 10:09:18. Last edited by scottakoltz on 2020-07-22 20:09:42

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