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

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


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


Brand Con-Cor
Stock Number Limited Edition Set # 2
Manufacturer Con-Cor
Production Type Regular Production
Body Style Con-Cor Box Set North American Prototype
Prototype Passenger Train, Steam, North American, Transition (Details)
Road or Company Name Alton Railroad (Details)
Reporting Marks C&A
Road or Reporting Number 7-Unit
Additional Markings/Slogan The Alton Limited
Paint Color(s) Maroon & Orange
Print Color(s) Yellow
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 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 Railroad (reporting mark A) was the final name of a railroad linking Chicago to Alton, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, and Kansas City, Missouri. Its predecessor, the Chicago and Alton Railroad (reporting mark C&A), was purchased by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1931 and was controlled until 1942 when the Alton was released to the courts. On May 31, 1947 the Alton Railroad was merged into the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad. Jacob Bunn had been one of the founding reorganizers of the Chicago & Alton Railroad Company during the 1860s.

Main lines included Chicago to St. Louis and a branch to Kansas City. The former is now part of Union Pacific, with Metra Heritage Corridor commuter rail service north of Joliet (owned by the Canadian National Railway but used by UP). The latter is part of the Kansas City Southern Railway system.

From 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: Alain LM on 2019-05-13 17:31:09. Last edited by Alain LM on 2019-05-18 10:07:23

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