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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-014153 - Caboose, Cupola, MI - Burlington Northern - 12363

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-014153 - Caboose, Cupola, MI - Burlington Northern - 12363

Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number 0001-014153
Original Retail Price $16.98
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Caboose Cupola Extended Vision
Prototype Caboose, Cupola, MI (Details)
Road or Company Name Burlington Northern (Details)
Road or Reporting Number 12363
Paint Color(s) Green with Yellow Ends and Aluminum Roof
Print Color(s) White
Coupler Type MT Magne-Matic Knuckle
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Caboose
Model Subtype Cupola
Model Variety Extended Vision
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)
Scale 1/160

Model Information: This model came out some time around 1983. It re-used the underframe from the earlier Kato-made bay window caboose and hence is stamped "Sekisui Japan" on the bottom. Despite this stamping, these models were assembled in Con-Cor's Chicago factory. Just like the bay-window models, these feature body-mount Rapido couplers. The model is loosely based on the Morrison International (MI) cupola caboose prototype and features an extra-wide "extended vision" cupola.

Prototype History:
This caboose was designed by the Morrison International shop in Kenton, Ohio. Because of the great variety of equipment needs between railroads in the 1950's, International developed the idea of a "modular" caboose design. This conceptual design essentially broke the caboose down on paper into different types or styles that could be built to meet the specific needs of a particular railroad. Rather than trying to force a rigid, fixed design on all the railroads, International felt it better to let the railroad select the pieces to build the caboose to their own liking.

Road Name History:
The Burlington Northern Railroad (reporting mark BN) was a United States railroad. It was a product of a March 2, 1970, merger of four major railroads - the Great Northern Railway, Northern Pacific Railway, Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway and the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad - as well as a few small jointly owned subsidiaries owned by the four.

Burlington Northern operated between 1970 and 1996.

Its historical lineage begins in the earliest days of railroading with the chartering in 1848 of the Chicago and Aurora Railroad, a direct ancestor line of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, which lends Burlington to the names of various merger-produced successors.

Burlington Northern purchased the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway on December 31, 1996 to form the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway (later renamed BNSF Railway), which was owned by the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation.*

Read more on Wikipedia.

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.

Item created by: gdm on 2017-09-05 18:11:51. Last edited by gdm on 2018-02-20 10:01:24

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