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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-008515-A - Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, Erie-Built - Pennsylvania - 9462

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Stock Number 0001-008515-A
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Kato
Body Style Con-Cor Diesel Engine Fairbanks-Morse Erie-Built
Prototype Vehicle Locomotive, Diesel, Fairbanks Morse, Erie-Built (Details)
Road or Company Name Pennsylvania (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 9462
Paint Color(s) Tuscan Red, w. Yellow stripe
Print Color(s) Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Nickel-Silver Plated Metal
Wheel Profile Standard
Multipack ID Number 0001-008515
Multipack Element 1
Release Date 1994-09-01
Item Category Locomotives
Model Type Diesel
Model Subtype Fairbanks-Morse
Model Variety Erie-Built
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Years Produced 1945-1949
Scale 1/160



Specific Item Information: Powered unit.
PRR Class FF20, a Fairbanks-Morse design, but built in GE's Erie, PA shop. Kato mechanism.
Part of Con-Cor 8515 Pennsylvania Limited Passenger Set with 1 Ea Powered and 1 Ea Unpowered Erie Builts and six passenger cars.

Model Information: This body style uses a modified V-Line shell over a Con-Cor PA-1 mechanism (made by Kato). Con-Cor modified both the shell by adding window inserts and horns, and removing the forward step-ladders, and the mechanism to play more nicely together.
It came in either powered or dummy unit. Both types of units have directional lighting.

DCC Information: No provision for DCC in either release.

Prototype History:
The Erie-built was the first streamlined, cab-equipped dual service diesel locomotive built by Fairbanks-Morse, introduced as direct competition to such models as the ALCO PA and EMD E-unit. As F-M lacked the space to manufacture the units in their own plant, the work was subcontracted out to General Electric, which produced the locomotives at its Erie, Pennsylvania, facility, thereby giving rise to the name "Erie-built."

The unit's 2,000 hp (1,500 kW), ten-cylinder opposed piston engine prime mover provided ample power to its A1A-A1A wheel set. F-M retained the services of renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy to create a visually impressive car body for the Erie-built. The initial windshield configuration utilized rectangular glass panes, whereas those units manufactured after March, 1947 received windshields with a curved upper contour. Most units rode on conventional General Steel Castings trucks, but many were fitted with specialized, fabricated, assemblies. Eight of nine KCS Erie-builts were later repowered with an EMD 567 series diesel engine rated at 1750 horsepower.

82 cab-equipped lead A units and 29 cabless booster B units were built for American railroads between December 1945 and April 1949. Afterward, F-M continued to market dual service streamlined units under its Consolidated line of locomotives, more commonly referred to as "C-liners".

No FM Erie-Built units are known to survive today.

From Wikipedia
Read more on American-Rails.com

Full F-M Erie-Built data sheet on The Diesel Shop.

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: RoadRailer on 2017-02-11 19:21:38. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-11-21 15:05:24

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