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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #42 / 8525 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight - Freedom Train - 7-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #42 / 8525 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight - Freedom Train - 7-Unit Copyright held by TroveStar

N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set #42 / 8525 - Passenger Car, Heavyweight - Freedom Train - 7-Unit Copyright held by TroveStar

Stock Number Limited Edition Set #42 / 8525
Secondary Stock Number 0001-008525
Tertiary Stock Number 8525
Original Retail Price $198.98
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Car, Heavyweight (Details)
Road or Company Name Freedom Train (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 7-Unit
Paint Color(s) Red, Blue and Silver
Print Color(s) Black
Paint Scheme Freedom Train
Coupler Type Kato Operating Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 7
Multipack ID Number 0001-008525
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number 42
Release Date 2003-12-01
Item Category Passenger Cars
Model Type Heavyweight
Model Subtype Mixed
Model Variety 7-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era II: Late Steam (1901 - 1938)

Specific Item Information: Special Edition Set #42 "American Freedom Train" Spirit of 1776: 7 heavyweight cars.
Contains a 74 page reprinted booklet "Good Citizen, The Rights and Duties of an American".
- Baggage car
- 3 exhibit cars
- 2 Pullman cars
- 1 Observation car

Matching PA-1/PB-1: Con-Cor #001-008524 and -008526.

Series Information: Con-Cor "Limited Edition Sets" or "Limited Edition Collector's Sets" were started after requests to 'custom paint' replicas of great passenger trains of the past. As these sets were very limited in quantity, many were sold out before they got to the retailer. While the quality of painting varied from time to time, they are a handsome addition to any collection and impressive on a layout.
With the exception of the first set, all were furnished in a wood-grained cardboard box with colored foam storage insert. For some sets, the manufacturer furnished additional cars or add-on sets.
The number of the set in the series is not printed on the box, but a listing was kept by Con-Cor and available as print-out in the most recent sets or on the (former) Con-Cor website.
Sets #1 to #13 were without stock number; stock numbers have been assigned and printed on the side label starting with set #14.

The wood-grained cardboard box has been used for other sets called "Special Edition Set" by Con-Cor, that only received a regular stock number, but were not accounted in the "Limited Edition Set" collection.

Prototype History:
Heavyweight Passenger Cars were the prevalent style of railcars used for passenger service during the interwar period. They were constructed of concrete, wood and steel. The floor was often of poured concrete, which helped give these cars a smoother ride than older wooden-body cars. Also, because of their heavy construction, they were also much less likely to "telescope" when a collision occurred. They were much heavier than modern passenger cars due to the materials used in their construction. They were so heavy that they often (but not always) required three-axle bogies to support them.

Heavyweights frequently had what is called a clerestory roof. The center of the roof was higher than the sides, in that it was stepped up. The lightweight cars had smooth, rounded roofs. Heavyweight passenger cars typically weigh around 1 ton per foot of length. So a 85' car weighs in the area of 85 tons for a heavyweight car.

From Wikipedia

Road Name History:
The Freedom Train was a seven-car train that traveled across the United States from September 1947 until January 1949. It was dedicated to the history of American democracy and contained some of the country's most priceless historical documents.
The idea of the Freedom Train was to allow all Americans—from all over the country—the opportunity to view these important documents and learn more about our nation and its history. The Freedom Train was extremely popular—more than 3.5 million Americans came to view the documents it held.

“Following World War II, the American Heritage Foundation assembled a special train to tour the country in order to display historical documents. Headed by a brand new Alco PA-1 diesel, the train consisted of seven cars - AT&SF baggage 1896, three PRR P70R coaches converted to display cars (the windows were plated over) and three Pullman sleepers to house the staff and Marines assigned to protect the train's contents. The train was assembled at Pennsylvania Railroad's Wilmington, DE, shops. The tour began in Philadelphia, PA, on September 17, 1947. During the tour, which lasted a bit over a year, the train traveled 33,000 miles in all 48 states on 52 railroads. The train's look was created by Alco designer Chester Mack” (quoted from Microscale decal sheet 60-1065).

Read more on The Freedom train, 1947-1949, by Fred Klein.
Read more on Wikipedia
Read more on The Story of America's Freedom Trains.
Read more on the U.S. National Archives

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 2017-01-26 16:07:43. Last edited by gdm on 2021-03-05 15:02:22

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