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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-603013(02) - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Santa Fe - 978037

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N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-603013(02) - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Santa Fe - 978037 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


N Scale - Con-Cor - 0001-603013(02) - Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level - Santa Fe - 978037 Image Courtesy of Klaus Nahr


Stock Number 0001-603013(02)
Original Retail Price $18.98
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Autorack Tri-Level Enclosed
Prototype Vehicle Autorack, Enclosed, Bi-Level (Details)
Road or Company Name Santa Fe (Details)
Reporting Marks TTGX
Road or Reporting Number 978037
Paint Color(s) Yellow Flat, Brown/Silver Rack
Print Color(s) White, Black, Yellow
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Coupler Mount Truck-Mount
Wheel Type Plastic Wheels With Steel Axle
Wheel Profile Deep Flange
Release Date 2001-11-01
Item Category Rolling Stock (Freight)
Model Type Autorack
Model Subtype Enclosed
Model Variety Tri-Level
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era V: Modern Diesel (1979 - Present)
Scale 1/160



Model Information: Con-Cor released this model sometime in the late 1980s or 1990s. Con-Cor markets these as Tri-Level autoracks, but it is clear from the end-doors that these are bi-level models. They are a copy of the Walthers HO autorack kit. Unlike many Chinese-made models from the 1980s and 1990s, these use metal wheelsets (or at least the sample we have does). They are weighted with two 1/4 oz weights inside the model, one at each end, presumably to improve tracking.

Prototype History:
For many years, automobiles were carried in boxcars like other freight. The relative light weight of the cars for their size meant that these boxcars reached their volume capacity far faster than their weight limit. Loading cars through the side doors was also challenging and inefficient. End door boxcars helped with the loading, but could still only be loaded one at a time. Due to these limitations, modified flatcars, known as autoracks, began to appear in the 1960s. At first, these cars were open sided, with the cargo exposed, but later cars added the protection of aluminum sides to enclose the automobiles within.

Enclosed autoracks come in two basic configurations. Bi-level racks have a two decks: the floor of the flatcar itself, as well as one elevated deck. These cars can haul two rows of taller vehicles like vans and trucks. Tri-level racks have an extra deck and can carry three rows of conventional automobiles. Up until the 1990s, tri-level cars were far more common, but with the rise in popularity of the SUV, the number of bi-level cars has grown quickly over the past 20 years.

Road Name History:
The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway (reporting mark ATSF), often abbreviated as Santa Fe or AT&SF, was one of the larger railroads in the United States. Chartered in February 1859, the railroad reached the Kansas-Colorado border in 1873 and Pueblo, Colorado, in 1876. To create a demand for its services, the railroad set up real estate offices and sold farm land from the land grants that it was awarded by Congress. Despite the name, its main line never served Santa Fe, New Mexico, as the terrain was too difficult; the town ultimately was reached by a branch line from Lamy.

The Santa Fe was a pioneer in intermodal freight transport, an enterprise that (at one time or another) included a tugboat fleet and an airline (the short-lived Santa Fe Skyway). Its bus line extended passenger transportation to areas not accessible by rail, and ferryboats on the San Francisco Bay allowed travelers to complete their westward journeys to the Pacific Ocean. The ATSF was the subject of a popular song, Harry Warren & Johnny Mercer's "On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe", written for the film, The Harvey Girls (1946).

The railroad officially ceased operations on December 31, 1996, when it merged with the Burlington Northern Railroad to form the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway.

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.

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: Mopjunkie on 2019-01-27 19:58:45. Last edited by klausnahr on 2022-01-08 08:55:17

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