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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set # 2 - Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition - Alton - 7-Unit

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N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set # 2 - Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition - Alton - 7-Unit

N Scale - Con-Cor - Limited Edition Set # 2 - Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition - Alton - 7-Unit

Stock Number Limited Edition Set # 2
Brand Con-Cor
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Vehicle Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition (Details)
Road or Company Name Alton (Details)
Reporting Marks C&A
Road or Reporting Number 7-Unit
Paint Color(s) Maroon & Orange
Print Color(s) Yellow
Additional Markings/Slogan The Alton Limited
Coupler Type Rapido Hook
Wheel Type Chemically Blackened Metal
Wheel Profile Small Flange (Low Profile)
Multipack Yes
Multipack Count 7
Series Name Limited Edition Set
Series Release/Issue Number 2
Release Date 1978-01-01
Item Category Passenger Trains
Model Type Steam
Model Subtype 4-6-2
Model Variety 7-Unit Set
Prototype Region North America
Prototype Era NA Era III: Transition (1939 - 1957)

Specific Item Information: Limited Edition Set #2 "The Alton Limited": one steam locomotive with 6 heavyweight cars.

- Rivarossi 9202 Locomotive Steam 4-6-2 (Heavy Pacific) #5299 & 6-axle tender
- Rivarossi 9584 Combine car "Missouri / Chicago & St. Louis"
- Rivarossi 9585 Pullman car "Webster Groves"
- Rivarossi 9586 Diner "Bloomington"
- Rivarossi 9587 Observation car "Chicago"
- Rivarossi 9588 Baggage car "American Railway Express/Baggage"
- Rivarossi 9589 Coach car "Wilson"
(all heavyweight cars)

Set also contains:
- Chicago & Alton Railroad circular patch
- Reproduction magazine clipping featuring "The New Alton Limited"

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:
During the transition period (1939 - 1957), it was common to see both steam and diesel motive power on North American railroads. However, it wasn't the case that the only steam locomotives were leftovers from the war. Many new model steam engines were produced during this period. These were the latest and best technology that steam technology produced. These were especially common on coal hailing routes where fuel was plentiful, but steam was also common on passenger routes.

One example was the Norfolk and Western J class. These pulled some of their flagship named trains such as the Pochontas, Powhattan Arrow and the Cavalier. Steam passenger service continued well into the 1950s when N&W started the dieselization process.

Road Name History:
The Alton was established in 1931 as a subsidiary of Baltimore & Ohio to takeover the Chicago & Alton Railroad which B&O had picked up at a foreclosure sale in 1929. Alton was a 1,028 mile system running from Chicago to St. Louis, much of it on parallel routes, one via Bloomington and Springfield, the other via Peoria. The parallel routes met at Alton, Illinois, a Mississippi River port 20 miles north of St. Louis. Another line ran from Springfield west to Kansas City, plus branches. Alton had the second shortest route from Chicago to Kansas City (only Santa Fe was shorter.) At its founding, Alton had 292 locomotives, 232 passenger cars and more than 13,000 freight cars. For most of its history, Alton was operated in close cooperation with B&O but that changed in 1943 when Alton was untangled from B&O in the hope of selling it. In 1945, Gulf Mobile & Ohio (itself the result of a merger just five years before) bought the Alton for $1.2 million. At the time, GM&O only ran as far north as St. Louis so the addition of Alton transformed them into a Great Lakes-to-the-Gulf system. The two systems were merged in 1947. The expanded GM&O adopted Alton’s red and maroon passenger colors and “the Alton Route” was applied to many GM&O steam locomotive tenders and some diesel flanks. Today, the St. Louis – Chicago line is part of Union Pacific by way of Illinois Central Gulf , Chicago Missouri & Western and Southern Pacific. The Springfield – Kansas City line is part of Kansas City Southern by way of ICG, CM&W and Gateway Western. (Tex Courtesy of Bluford Shops)

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: Alain LM on 2019-05-13 17:31:09. Last edited by Alain LM on 2020-05-30 09:56:41

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